The idea of having a root canal is a scary thought for many patients. They may have heard horror stories or think that it’s a painful procedure.

Our dentist here at Westbay Dental is here to let you know that’s not the case. A root canal procedure is often necessary to save a tooth and could cause great pain if avoided.


A root canal must be done when patients are suffering from the infected pulp inside the root. This pulp can become inflamed, causing great discomfort and irritation. If left untreated, the tooth could abscess.

This inflammation can result from tooth decay left untreated or from a crack in the tooth that damaged the pulp. Our dentist will meet with you initially to determine the extent of your infection and what the best plan of action is.

During the root canal procedure, West Bay Dental at Westbay Dental will begin by removing the infected pulp from the area. She will then clean the root and seal the space. If deemed necessary, a crown may be placed over the root canal for additional protection.

Depending on the patient, sedation may be requested for the duration of the procedure. This will help more anxious patients to take their mind off the procedure and relax in the chair.

Although root canals have been regarded as painful and invasive procedures, this isn’t always the case. New technology has allowed dentists to complete root canals with little to no pain felt by the patient.

Although the most common endodontic treatment is root canals, our dentist also provides additional treatment. Patients who have suffered a traumatic dental injury or blow to the mouth will also need to see an endodontist.


Our dental office in Tampa, FL, invites you to come in today. If you need to have a root canal procedure done but still have some questions, our staff can answer them.

At Westbay Dental, our dentist has years of experience in root canal procedures and endodontic treatments. You can rest assured that your teeth are in good hands.

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