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Do you have a tooth that’s been bugging you for a while? If so, it’s not something you should ignore. The longer you put it off, the higher the likelihood is that you’ll need to have a root canal. Tooth sensitivity is usually the first indication of tooth decay, and if left untreated, it can progress to a full-blown problem.

The underlying cause of the sensitivity will greatly influence the best treatment option or lifestyle change needed to improve the problem. In some cases tooth decay can reach all the way through the layer of dentin to the root of your tooth.

If this is the cause of your tooth sensitivity then you may need a root canal before the discomfort subsides.

A root canal calls for removing the enamel of a tooth to expose the infected root. The infected parts of the tooth are removed and replaced with a material called gutta-percha. An impression is then taken and the abutment is then fitted with a temporary crown while a dental lab creates a permanent crown.

Your endodontist will then schedule a follow up appointment a few weeks later to fit the final permanent crown in place. The tooth then has all the same strength and durability of any other tooth in your mouth.

If you’re concerned about tooth sensitivity and want to avoid any issues like a root canal, come see us today. Call 904.352.2510 to schedule a consultation.