If you have a dental infection, root canal treatment can restore the function of your tooth and help you avoid the need for an extraction. A root canal is necessary when the inner portion of your tooth, known as the pulp, becomes inflamed or infected. During treatment, we can carefully remove diseased tissue and place a custom crown or tooth-colored filling. Dr. Douglas Pohl has been providing advanced endodontic procedures at his office in Fort Walton Beach, FL, for over 30 years. He and his team are committed to using the most gentle, yet effective techniques to ensure your comfort throughout treatment.
Do You Need a Root Canal?
You may be a candidate for a root canal if you are experiencing tooth pain as a result of deep decay, a crack or chip in your tooth, or a faulty dental restoration. Signs of a dental infection include:
- Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- Swelling around your cheeks
- Pain when chewing
- Tooth discoloration
- Severe, persistent toothache
- Bad taste in your mouth
To determine whether you need a root canal, we can take x-rays for a more comprehensive view of your smile.
Typically, a root canal procedure for a single tooth lasts 30 minutes to one hour and takes place over two appointments. To ensure your comfort, we can administer a local anesthetic, which numbs the surrounding area. During your first visit, Dr. Pohl will carefully remove the infected tissue. He can then clean and disinfect the root canals, before filling the tooth with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha.
Our entire team is committed to using the most gentle, yet effective techniques to ensure your comfort throughout treatment.
Depending upon the extent of damage, we may be able to fully restore the tooth the same day with a filling. However, if your tooth has sustained extensive damage, we may recommend a dental crown. This process involves taking impressions of your tooth, which will be sent to a trusted dental laboratory. There, technicians can fabricate your custom restoration. Once your crown is ready, you can return to our office for placement. Dr. Pohl can check the fit and aesthetics of the crown to ensure it blends seamlessly with adjacent teeth. If no modifications are needed, he can secure the crown in place to reveal your newly restored smile.
Benefits of a Root Canal
If you are suffering from discomfort and difficulty chewing as a result of an infected tooth, a root canal can alleviate your pain and restore your dental function. If an endodontic infection is detected and treated early, a root canal can save your tooth from a necessary extraction. With frequent visits and proper preventive care, a treated tooth could remain healthy for a lifetime.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are struggling with a dental infection, we are here to help. We encourage you to contact our office as soon as possible to find out if root canal therapy is right for you. You can call our office at (850) 243-0800 or send us a message online to schedule an appointment.