Contrary to popular belief, treatment for root canals is a fairly straightforward procedure that relieves tooth pain caused by an inflamed or infected tooth. Having this procedure performed by an experienced endodontist can save your tooth from further damage and tooth loss. If you are experiencing dental pain or notice signs of an infection around a tooth, partner with our experienced team in St. Petersburg, FL. Our lead endodontist, Dr. Randall Hedrick is board-certified and has performed over 15,000 gentle root canal therapy procedures and can help save your smile from infection and tooth loss.
Our doctors perform gentle root canal therapy to:
Once your endodontist has determined which tooth is infected or has pulp damage, the area will be numbed with local anesthetic. The doctor can then make a small opening in the tooth to access the pulp chamber deep inside the tooth. The pulp is removed with special instruments and then the inside of the tooth is cleaned and disinfected. Our endodontists use the EndoVac™ irrigation system that applies suction to pull the cleaning solution down the root canal before vacuuming it away. This technology has proven to be an extremely effective way to disinfect the root canals and greatly reduces the changes of needing re-treatment. In some cases, the root canals must be reshaped and smoothed out to accommodate a new root canal filling.
Once the root filling materials are placed, the tooth is sealed. Your restorative dentist may place a crown on top of the filled tooth to complete tooth restoration. Everything is performed in-house and you will be in the hands of one of the most experienced, board certified endodontists in St. Petersburg, FL. Our endodontists choose to utilize high-powered microscopes for every treatment. This technology helps us see in great detail the areas in need of root canal therapy, significantly improving the accuracy of the procedure and the predictability of the results. With our techniques and technology, we are able to set ourselves apart as one of the most advanced endocontic practices in Pinellas County.