A root canal is a common procedure to alleviate pain while saving the base of the tooth. A dentist known as an endodontist removes the pulp from within the tooth, cleans the area, and a crown covers the opening. The procedure requires a couple of visits to complete.

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Getting to the Root to Solve the Problem

Root canals prevent additional tooth deterioration. Tooth discomfort may occur for a variety of reasons. One common source of pain is when the pulp within teeth deteriorates due to injury or infection. In the center of the tooth are cells, nerves, and connective tissues that nourish the tooth and keep it healthy.

Nerves and blood vessels from the pulp reach through narrow, thread-like passageways into the jawbone. If the pulp becomes diseased, the pain in the base and area surrounding the tooth will increase, and the damaged tooth may require removal.

When Is a Root Canal Necessary?

A patient may need a root canal if they experience pain while chewing or notice increased sensitivity that persists after ingesting anything cold or hot. Sometimes, the gums will feel tender or become extra-sensitive near a tooth. If you notice these signs, contact your dentist at 1500 Dental for an appointment so we can assess the situation.

What Does It Involve?

In most cases, an endodontist will apply local anesthesia near the tooth. After that, the damaged pulp comes out. The endodontist will thoroughly clean and seal the injured tooth and place a temporary crown on the site. We’ll craft a permanent crown that we’ll place during a follow-up visit.

Need Root Canal Treatment in Ft. Lauderdale?

The dentist may discuss other alternatives on rare occasions if they believe the endodontic treatment will not be successful. If you think you may need a root canal, Ft. Lauderdale residents and others in Broward should contact 1500 Dental.