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When tooth decay doesn’t receive the treatment it needs, it can lead to further tooth issues that involve the inner structure, developing tooth infection and toothache. It’s important to address these issues before they become severe enough that there is tooth abscess or the tooth needs to be removed.

We offer a review of the process of root canal treatment to demonstrate how it can preserve a badly infected tooth.

Prior to providing this treatment, we need to assess the quality of the tooth by performing an oral exam and using dental X-rays to detect areas of dental infection and locate any tooth abscess around the gums. Next, we need to remove diseased tooth enamel and clean the pulp out of the tooth to remove the infection. Then, we use a rubbery substance called gutta-percha to replace the tooth structure and turn the tooth into a healthy abutment that will keep the future dental crown in place.

Once your tooth has been prepared, we create a detailed impression of the tooth and surrounding area before covering the treated tooth with a temporary dental crown. A dental lab needs the impression so that they can use it as a guide to creating the custom dental crown that will cover your tooth. The completion of this dental crown means it’s time to schedule the second appointment so that we can place the crown and complete the root canal procedure.

We invite you to contact Jacksonville Endodontic Associates at 904.352.2510 today and arrange a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Andrew Calhoun, if you would like to discuss treating tooth infection with root canal treatment in Jacksonville, Florida.