Root Canal Treatment

Why is Root Canal Treatment Needed?

Root canal treatment becomes necessary when the innermost part of the tooth, called the pulp, becomes infected or inflamed. This can occur due to deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the same tooth, cracks or chips in the tooth, or trauma to the tooth. For endodontic treatment, we use WaveOne technology which is a single-file reciprocating system, i.e it uses a single, flexible file to clean and shape the root canal compared to the traditional hand-file technique that uses multiple files of increasing size. The single-file approach simplifies the procedure, making it faster and more efficient for both dentists and patients. It also reduces the risk of cross-contamination as the files are disposable, ensuring a higher level of sterilization and safety.

Signs and Symptoms that May Indicate the Need for Root Canal Treatment

If you experience any of the following signs or symptoms, it is important to consult with a dentist who can determine whether root canal treatment is necessary:

  • Severe toothache, especially when biting or applying pressure
  • Persistent sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, even after the source of the heat or cold is removed
  • Tenderness or swelling in the gums near the affected tooth
  • A small bump or pimple-like swelling on the gums
  • Darkening or discoloration of the tooth
  • Persistent bad breath or an unpleasant taste in the mouth

The Root Canal Treatment Process

The root canal treatment typically involves the following steps:

  1. Anesthesia: The dentist administers local anesthesia to ensure you feel comfortable and pain-free throughout the procedure.
  2. Pulp Removal: The dentist creates an access opening in the tooth and carefully removes the infected or damaged pulp using specialized instruments.
  3. Root Canal Cleaning: The dentist cleans and disinfects the root canals to eliminate any remaining bacteria or debris.
  4. Root Canal Filling: The cleaned root canals are filled with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha to seal them and prevent reinfection.
  5. Tooth Restoration: After the root canal treatment, a dental crown or filling is placed on the tooth to restore its function and appearance.

Benefits of Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment offers several benefits, including:

  • Saving the natural tooth, which is important for proper chewing and maintaining the alignment of surrounding teeth
  • Relieving pain and discomfort caused by infected or inflamed pulp
  • Preventing the spread of infection to neighboring teeth and the surrounding bone
  • Restoring the natural appearance and function of the tooth
  • Eliminating the need for tooth extraction and potential replacement with artificial teeth

Contact Our Dental Clinic for Root Canal Treatment If you are experiencing tooth pain or suspect that you may need root canal treatment, don’t hesitate to contact our dental clinic. Our experienced dentists can assess your condition, determine the best course of treatment, and provide you with the care you need to restore your oral health. Call us at (954 972 6066) or schedule an appointment online to book a consultation.

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Dr. Rodolfo Acosta-Ortiz, DDS
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