Root Canals in Spring Hill, FL

All teeth have three main layers: the outer enamel layer, the inner dentin layer and the pulp. The pulp is the innermost layer within the roots of the tooth and contain the nerves and blood vessels that supply the tooth. The blood vessels provide nutrients to the tooth and the nerves provide sensation.

When the pulp is intact, the tooth is vital and healthy. When a tooth becomes decayed or fractured, the bacteria eat their way through the enamel and dentin layers until they reach the pulp tissue. Once here, they cause the pulp tissue to break down, causing destruction of the nerves and blood vessels within the pulp. As the tissue breaks down, an infectious process starts within the pulp and eventually the nerves and blood vessels die. Pressure from this infectious process builds up within the tooth, usually causing pain, and eventually an abscess develops at the root tip. Until this degraded tissue is removed from within the tooth, this painful, infectious process continues.

When root canal treatment is performed, an opening is created through the top of the tooth to gain access to the pulp. The decayed tissue and infectious debris is cleaned out of the canals using small files. Once the canals have been thoroughly cleaned and are free of bacteria, they are sealed with a filling material and usually the abscess will heal. A temporary filling is used to close the opening in the tooth until the final restoration is placed.

The process of root canal therapy has progressed significantly over the years, and is now most often a one-visit procedure. Root canal therapy is highly successful and often lasts a lifetime, although on occasion, a tooth will have to be retreated due to reinfection at a later date.

Good oral hygiene practices and regular dental visits will aid in prolonging the life of your root canal treatment. Most teeth that undergo root canal therapy require subsequent crown (cap) placement to protect the tooth from fractures and provide strength. After treatment, your tooth may still be sensitive, but this will resolve as the inflammation and irritation from the bacteria diminishes and the tooth completely heals.

Signs and Symptoms

Sometimes, no symptoms are present and your dentist may discover signs of an abscess at the bottom of your tooth on routine radiographs. Often, signs and symptoms for possible root canal therapy:

  • An abscess (or pimple) on the gums
  • Prolonged sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Severe toothache pain
  • Swelling and/or tenderness

Patient Testimonials

WHAT OTHER PATIENTS, LIKE YOU, HAVE TO SAY

The Ackley Dental Group is a superb dental practice, with outstanding dentists, technicians and highly professional, friendly administrative staff. I have not had a single unpleasant visit in over 12 years as a patient. I recently had an appointment for a teeth cleaning with Monica, a caring, competent and sociable Dental Hygienist who, as always, provided me with high quality service. During this visit, I was pleased to note that Dr. Akley has instituted a very effective process to ensure the safety of patients and his staff in response to the Covid 19 pandemic. When I arrived in the parking lot, I was met by a screener who took my temperature and asked me several screening questions before escorting me to the treatment room for my teeth cleaning appointment. All staff wore face coverings, isles/walkways were one-way passages, there was one entry door and one exit door. Heavy see-through plastic barriers separated patients from admin staff at checkout. Hand sanitizer was located throughout the facility. I am a very satisfied patient and highly recommend Dr Akley’s dental practice to anyone looking for high quality dental care in a safe environment.
Tony Esposito
13:57 06 Jul 20
I am a new patient and highly recommend Ackley Dental Group and especially Dr. Wise.
Sharon Baines
15:08 04 Jul 20
I felt very safe and the place is very clean. The staff is great. You wait in the car until they are ready for you. They come out to your car and get you.
Richard Johnson
16:04 03 Jul 20
I felt really safe when I got my teeth cleaned. I stayed in my car until they were ready for me. They came out to my car and let me know.
Richard Johnson
15:56 03 Jul 20
They let me get a second opinion, and helped me understand what I will need in future treatments. Very clean and professional.
Trish Truitt
00:27 02 Jul 20
This was my first visit to the Ackley Dental Group since the whole COVID 19 started. They have a great way to take people in and they make you feel very comfortable. Everyone wore masks and gloves and face shields during the treatment. I went for a cleaning and as always it was quick and painless.
Carl Jernquist
00:19 02 Jul 20
Best dentist around. Wouldn’t go anywhere else.
Mitch Tomkinson Mauldin
23:58 01 Jul 20
Awesome from getting a quick appt. to the great reception personal an the Dental Tech's and Dr. Can't thank them all enough. They even had an appt set up for the next day to see a specialist.
Paul Koenig
20:01 01 Jul 20
Jeanine was very professional and thorough
She made several useful suggestions on how to improve my dental care
Terry McConnell
17:32 01 Jul 20

1-352-678-5270

1530 Pinehurst Dr.
Spring Hill, FL 34606