Audio Commercials
Player Error
Player Error
Dentist Naples - Special Offers Link
We hope you will find interesting
Dental Videos
CT and 3D Implant Planning - Dental CT scan, i-CAT,
3D radiograph, Digital x-ray, Digital radiographs
Select a Video:
Dentist of Naples Marco Island
Brands Used
Dentist of Naples Marco Island

Do you have a toothache? Don’t wait to see your Dentist in Florida

Toothaches are a common problem, especially for patients with poor oral hygiene or untreated dental issues. The pain may be fleeting or long lasting, depending on the underlying cause. In most cases, a toothache is a symptom of a more serious condition. Many patients postpone seeing a dentist, because they are afraid of root canal therapy. However, the best way to avoid it is early treatment, before infection reaches the center of the tooth. However, a root canal procedure is nothing to fear if you choose the right dentist.

Common causes of toothaches include:

  • Apical abscess (infection pocket at the tip of the root)
  • Deep decay
  • Apical periodontitis (periodontal disease focused around the tooth root)
  • Oral injury
  • Failure of old dental work
When a fracture, decay, or other damage exposes the nerves inside of your tooth, it can become hypersensitive to pressure or extreme temperature. Acid, bacteria, food debris, and other elements of saliva can also cause pain. A crown, filling, or other restorative procedure may be sufficient to repair the damage and stop the pain.

A root canal procedure becomes necessary when soft tissues in the center of the tooth, known as dental pulp, is damaged. This pulp, which contains nerves, vessels, and connective tissues, is housed in spaces called the pulp chamber and root canal. Normally these chambers are protected by a thick layer of dentin and a hard outer layer of enamel. Damage, such as a crack in the tooth, could cause injury to the pulp. However, a more common problem is infection of the pulp. Microscopic bacteria can easily penetrate the outer layers through even a fine fracture or small, deep cavity.

Infected or badly injured dental pulp does not self-heal. The only way to stop the pain is to remove the damaged pulp, in a gentle procedure known as root canal therapy. The tooth is completely numbed, and Oral or IV Sedation could be accepted if you prefer. Once you are comfortable, your dentist creates a small opening in the tooth and cleans all damaged tissue and infection from inside. The canal is sterilized and filled with gutta percha. The tooth then requires a restoration, usually with a dental crown or a dental filling to cover the access hole.

Clinical studies have shown a success rate of 90 to 95 percent or higher for this procedure. However, it is a highly specialized technique with many unknown variables. According to a study published in the International Journal of Dentistry, the success rate of root canal therapy performed by general dental practitioners around the world is frequently lower than expected but that the quality of treatment is shaped by the knowledge, attitude, and skills of the dentist.

Dr. Bradley Engle is a Board Certified dental specialist, and his team at each office locations includes a registered dental hygienist and general dentist. Florida Choice Dentistry is one of the fastest growing practices in Southwest Florida, with a reputation for compassion and excellence. Call us today at 239-394-4906 in Marco Island or 239-593-2111 in Naples) and schedule an appointment.

Back To Home Page