Endodontic Treatments in the Pompano Beach, Wilton Manor & Lauderdale by the Sea Areas
Root canal therapy is often performed to preserve a tooth that is badly infected, decayed, or damaged. Amazing Smiles Dental Spa provides root canals in Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, and Pembroke Pines for teeth that have been damaged by decay, trauma, or periodontal disease. This treatment is very effective for helping to avoid tooth extraction and save your natural tooth.
Contact our office by telephone at (954) 800-6565 to learn if root canal therapy is the best treatment for you.
Signs You May Need a Root Canal
Although many people associate root canal therapy with extreme pain, the procedure actually alleviates pain caused by decay, infection, or trauma. When an infection spreads to the pulp of the tooth, it irritates the nerves and other tissues, which can result in extreme pain. There are several signs that can indicate the need for root canals in Fort Lauderdale.
A root canal may be indicated if you have:
- Severe pain
- Gum swelling
- Tooth discoloration
- Tooth sensitivity to pressure or temperature changes
- Bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth
If you are suffering from one or more of these symptoms, we recommend calling to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Infection and decay will continue to spread without treatment, which can result in even bigger problems or loss of the affected tooth.
The first step in the root canal process is to remove the infected tissue and damaged nerve tissue. In most cases, a root canal is no more painful than a dental filling. We start with an anesthetic to keep you comfortable during the procedure. After the area is numbed, the dentist will drill a hole into the tooth to access the pulp. All infected and damaged tissue and nerves are removed from the tooth using specialized tools.
Once all the infection has been removed, the inside of the tooth is cleaned and medication is applied to treat any remaining infection. The hole where the pulp has been removed is filled with a special sealing paste and rubber material, known as gutta percha. A filling is then placed to fill the remaining hole in the enamel. In most cases, root canals can be completed in one visit to our practice. However, if root canals are needed in multiple teeth, more than one appointment may be required.
Protecting the Tooth After a Root Canal
Teeth that have been treated with root canals are often weakened. This can leave the tooth vulnerable to cracking and breaking. The dentist may recommend covering the tooth with a crown to provide protection and strengthen the tooth after root canal therapy. Any restoration that is needed after a root canal will vary from patient to patient. We always tailor our dental treatments to your unique oral health needs.
We encourage you to contact our office by calling (954) 800-6565 for an appointment to learn if root canal therapy in Fort Lauderdale is the right treatment for you.
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