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If one of your teeth has suffered from advanced tooth decay and has not been repaired, the decay can extend deep into the tooth. Decay in the pulp or root of a tooth can cause a serious infection as well as pain. If it isn’t dealt with immediately it could even form an abscess in your gums. If you have a tooth like this Jacksonville Endodontic Associates can use endodontic therapy to restore the tooth.

Endodontic therapy, also known as a root canal, starts by Jacksonville Endodontic Associates examining the tooth and taking some X-rays to assess the extent of decay. This will also detect any infection or abscess in the gums.

Then Jacksonville Endodontic Associates removes all the decayed enamel and extracts any infected tissues. An abutment is then formed from a material called gutta-percha. Later this will serve as the anchor point for a crown. An impression is taken of the area, and a temporary crown is cemented over the abutment to protect it. The impression is sent to a dental laboratory where your permanent crown is made.

When the lab has completed your permanent crown, Jacksonville Endodontic Associates will call you in for a brief second appointment to cement it in place.

If you have a tooth that is suffering from advanced decay or is causing you pain, you need to call Jacksonville Endodontic Associates as soon as possible at 904.352.2510 to schedule an appointment.