As a family dentist, Dr. Burks is experienced in treating all types of oral health concerns for patients of all ages. It is our goal to make sure you and your family members maintain the best possible oral health. Whether you need root canal therapy, dental implants, a crown, or Invisalign clear braces, Dr. Burks has a treatment plan available for you.

Inside of a healthy tooth

Understanding The Inside Of Your Healthy Tooth

When infection and inflammation develop in the pulp tissue, your first indication of trouble might be mild to intense tooth pain. In time, as the nerves die, the pain may go away, but the problem doesn’t. An untreated infection may result in the loss of your tooth.

Root canal treatment.

Causes Of Root Canal Problems

A root canal not only stops the pain, it also stops the infection by getting rid of dead and dying tissue from the tooth’s pulp. Plus, it helps to save the tooth, which could be lost if not treated. There are a few things that can cause the pulp tissue to become infected and lead to root canal problems, including:

  • Untreated tooth decay, which can allow bacteria from the tooth's surface to work its way deep inside.
  • A crack or fracture in your tooth could allow microorganisms to infect the pulp.
    Dental trauma from a sports injury or accident could damage dentin or pulp, or expose it to infection.
  • Having extensive dental procedures on the same tooth, like multiple fillings or restorations, may cause trouble.
  • Sometimes, even routine procedures like orthodontics may eventually lead to root canal problems.

Endodontic Treatment Process

While root canals sometimes get a bad rap for being incredibly painful, this isn't the case when a specialist performs a root canal. With effective local anesthetics, a typical root canal procedure doesn't cause any more discomfort than having a filling. Here's how it works:

1. After the gum is numbed, they will give you a shot of anesthesia to completely put your gum and surrounding areas asleep.
2. A small opening is made in the tooth surface to give access to the pulp chamber and root canals.
3. Tiny instruments are used — often with the aid of a microscope — to remove dead and dying tissue from inside the narrow passages.
4. The passages are cleaned, disinfected, and filled with a safe, inert material. The opening in the tooth is sealed to prevent contamination.

Call Dr. Burks Today!

If you find yourself with tooth pain, swollen gums, and difficulty chewing, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Robert Burks at (407) 327-2030 and schedule the first available appointment at our Winter Springs, FL, office. Our staff is ready and waiting to serve you with a smile. With an exam and X-rays, Dr. Burks can determine the source of your tooth pain and arrange a treatment plan that will relieve your pain and save your tooth.