What to expect from a root canal procedure in Dunedin, FL

It happened. Your dentist mentioned a root canal procedure. The phrase “root canal” brings about negativity due to the many misconceptions about the treatment. However, despite the myths and misconceptions, a root canal relieves the pain and inflammation of infection. Drs. Ryan Lepore and Erin Dougherty at Lepore Comprehensive Dentistry in Dunedin, Florida, work with specialists in root canal therapy to treat and save natural teeth.


An infected or badly decayed tooth is often a reason for a root canal. Tooth pain or sensitivity may just be the first sign of the problem. Causes of infections include severe decay, a chip or break in the tooth, or tooth trauma. Trauma and severe decay may cause damage to the pulp of the tooth. The dental pulp contains blood supply and nerves. When the pulp is infected, it causes extreme pain and sensitivity in and around that tooth.

An infected tooth must be treated in a timely fashion. This keeps bacteria from spreading throughout the oral cavity and your entire body. The latest research shows that the same infectious bacteria that cause the need for a root canal can travel throughout the body. These bacteria can significantly increase your heart attack and stroke risk, even without a preexisting condition. A root canal is often the recommended treatment to preserve the health of your tooth, mouth, and body. More severe treatment measures may be needed if the infection is allowed to spread.


Root Canal Treatment Expectations at Lepore Comprehensive Dentistry  in Dunedin Fl Area

First and foremost, if you are experiencing tooth pain or symptoms of an infection, contact your dentist immediately. Examining your teeth, gums, and oral cavity is necessary to determine the actual problem and the extent of the infection. X-rays may be done to show the extent and location of the damage. If necessary, you may be referred to an endodontist, a specialist in root canal therapy.

The treatment area is numbed using a local anesthetic for the actual procedure to ensure patient comfort. Once the tooth is numb, the specialist uses specific tools to enter the tooth. The bacteria and infected pulp tissue are removed before the canals are thoroughly sterilized. Fully removing the infected material and sterilizing the tooth is necessary to ensure the health of the mouth and body.

After sterilizing the tooth, the specialist fills it with a special endodontic material called gutta-percha. This rubber-like material fills and seals the tooth, preventing contamination. Once the tooth has been sealed, a crown can be placed to protect and restore it. The natural tooth is saved. The root remains in place, stimulating and preserving the health of the jawbone.

Call Our Office for More Information
New Patients: (727) 608-4690 | Existing Patients: (727) 733-4113
Request an Appointment


If your dentist recommends a root canal treatment, rest assured that it is a safe, precise procedure. The benefits of root canal therapy speak for themselves.

  • Effective – Bacteria is destroyed as the canal is effectively sterilized. The mouth is free of the damaging infection
  • Restorative – Without the infected material, the health of the oral cavity and the whole body is restored
  • Painless – Using a local anesthetic can make the procedure as painless as having a cavity filled. The procedure itself relieves the pain and inflammation caused by the infection
  • Long-lasting – With proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits, the results of a root canal are long-lasting

Contact Lepore Comprehensive Dentistry in Dunedin, FL, for more information on root canal procedures. Call (727) 608-4690 to schedule an appointment.

Share this Article

Back to Root Canal Page
Our Dental Savings Plans

Lepore Comprehensive Dentistry believes that everyone should have access to high-quality dental care and that financial constraints or insurance status shouldn’t stand in the way for anyone to receive such care. That’s why we have introduced Dental Savings Plans as we don’t want you to compromise on your dental health. We have two plans – Standard and Wellness - offered at an annual membership fee of $429 and $729 respectively.

Membership will entitle you to a host of benefits including free and discounted treatments with a focus on your overall health.


All my visits have been great so far. Quality service and very personable staff. Always has time for you and your concerns.

Originally Posted On
Review Originally Posted On

We are your "home" in Dunedin for advanced dentistry and functional dental medicine. Within our inviting, highly personalized concierge environment, our team supports your whole "wellness" - not just the beauty and health of your smile!