Root Canal

Root canal therapy is the brunt of many jokes and groans. In truth, however, the procedure relieves the pain of an infected tooth. Plus, it is usually the only alternative to extraction, so “getting a root canal” lets you keep your natural tooth with roots intact in the jawbone. You might be surprised at how gentle, and effective root canal treatment can be with integrated care coordinated by Lepore Comprehensive Dentistry in Dunedin, Florida.

When endodontic therapy is needed

Your mouth has natural defense mechanisms intended to keep harmful bacteria away from vascular and nerve tissues at the core of a tooth. When that system is compromised, usually by deep or hidden decay or a fracture or chip in the enamel, pathogens make their way to the pulp chamber. Bacteria trigger inflammation, painful pressure, and infection that can spread throughout the body if not properly treated.

Some dentists simply recommend removing the tooth. Drs. Lepore and Dougherty are committed to helping you keep your teeth, ideally for a lifetime. Thus, they recommend root canal therapy when it is feasible to save the tooth and in the best interest of your health.


The concept of concierge dentistry is essential for the long-term viability of a root canal procedure. Patients of Drs. Lepore and Dougherty have an excellent success rate because the doctors consider your whole situation before recommending treatment with an endodontic specialist:

  • The immediate problem with your tooth
  • Your oral health
  • Overall medical status
  • Emotional state

If root canal therapy is the best course of action, Drs. Lepore and Dougherty will provide a referral to a trusted specialist, where job one is to get you out of discomfort. That could involve a prescription for pain medication and antibiotics. Or treatment may be performed immediately. Your mouth is thoroughly numbed, which brings quick relief. The endodontist opens the tooth, releasing internal pressure. Areas of decay or damage are removed. The doctor uses special endodontic instruments to remove the pulp from the chamber and canals that extend deep into the roots. The tooth is sanitized and sealed. It is usually sealed with a temporary filling material left to stay for a minimum of 7-14 days. Using a temporary filling ensures those symptoms are relieved during the healing period. After this period, you will return to Dr. Lepore or Dr. Dougherty to place either a long-term filling or a crown. Drs. Lepore and Dougherty will educate you on which is more suitable for your unique needs.

A root canal is needed when the nerve of a tooth has become damaged by injury or infected by decay. This procedure saves the tooth and can help restore it to natural function.

For the first step of this procedure, your doctor numbs the area and then creates an opening in the tooth to access the root’s interior. Your doctor will then remove the infected tissue and flush and clean the area. Next, the root is filled with a special sealing material, and the opening is filled and sealed. The tooth has been saved and restored to its natural function.

Discerning dental patients from Tarpon Springs to Palm Harbor, Clearwater Beach, and Largo, make the trip to Lepore Comprehensive Dentistry in Dunedin, FL, for this level of whole-health care. Call (727) 608-4690 for your appointment.

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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.

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