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

They use the latest equipment and methods in the field and are all super-friendly, upbeat, and sensitive to each patient's circumstances. They have the best dental staff I have ever met.
David Ward Sr.
01:50 15 Jan 21
Very professional as usual.
William Delmolino
18:44 14 Jan 21
Ackley Dental is great, especially my hygienist Nicole!
Len Pinelli
00:02 14 Jan 21
It’s ALWAYS a complete pleasure going to Ackley Dental, and my recent visit was no exception. Do you to Covid, I was given thorough instructions at the new procedures. I parked in the parking lot, called the front desk, and in less than 60 seconds the nurse came out to greet me. She did a temperature scan, and then guided me through the front doors and straight to the dental chair. My hygienist Nicole wore a mask the whole time. After asking me the standard questions, she added a face shield to her head, and then did the normal cleaning. Although no one likes going to the dentist, this experience is the best it can possibly be, LOL! Everyone is friendly & professional. Always.
Rae Wayne
12:59 13 Jan 21
I love Ackley Dental Group. The staff is always courteous and my Dentist Dr. Wise has a gentle hand and is the best. I am thankful to have her as my dentist. I am never nervous going there like I have been with previous dentists. And I highly recommend this group for your dental needs.
Beth Ann Toohey
00:58 12 Jan 21
they have a great staff very warm and personnel i have been going here for several years now and its always the same 100% everytime thank you Ackley Dental Group, David
David Bowen
02:43 10 Jan 21
Very professional and get work staff
William Delmolino
13:47 09 Jan 21
Everyone is kind and gentle. They treat me as if I was a member of their family.
Misses Godwin
00:02 09 Jan 21
Ackley dental treats you like family and takes great care of my needs
Bill Briggs
00:00 09 Jan 21

1-352-678-5270

1530 Pinehurst Dr.
Spring Hill, FL 34606