Endodontics / Root Canal

A “root canal,” or endodontic therapy, is a procedure performed in order to save a tooth that is infected and would otherwise require extraction. There are many reasons teeth can become infected.  Some include: cavities, previous large fillings, crowns, cracks, trauma and extreme wear.

Endodontic therapy is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection.  In order to save the tooth, the nerve, blood supply, bacteria, and any decay are removed and cleaned. This results in a space that is filled with a material called gutta-percha.  After the tooth has healed, a restoration such as a crown is needed to protect tooth.  Doing so will protect tooth from bacteria leakage and preserves natural tooth from stress/ fracture.  

Undergoing an endodontic procedure is treatment of choice in order to save the tooth that otherwise die and have to be extracted.  Many patients believe that removing a problematic tooth is the best (and most economical) solution.  But in reality, extracting, or pulling a tooth, could ultimately be costlier and cause significant problems for adjacent teeth.  Furthermore, it could also cause loss of bone around the extraction site.

While root canal therapy has a high degree of success, it is not 100% guaranteed.   It is very important to have a permanent restoration (usually a crown) placed within 30 days of the root canal.  If a permanent restoration is not placed, the tooth can fracture or further decay to the point where the root canal must be re-done or, worse, the tooth must be removed.

Reasons for Root Canal Therapy

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Decay has reached the tooth’s pulp chamber (living tissue inside the tooth)

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Infection or abscess has developed

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Injury or trauma to the tooth

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Extreme wear due to grinding (bruxism)


What Does Root Canal Therapy Involve?

At first, the tooth is protected with a rubber dam (a sheet of rubber) that is placed around the tooth to keep it dry and isolated from surrounding teeth. Your Coral Springs root canal dentist will then access the tooth from the top.  After access, the infected pulp from inside the tooth will be cleaned out with the use of endodontic files.  Once clean, the root canal will be rinsed with antibacterial agents to remove any bacteria left behind.  Afterwards, a temporary filling will be placed to protect the tooth.  Once the tooth has healed, a permanent crown will need to be placed to prevent any further decay or fracturing of the tooth. 

Not sure if you need a root canal?  Give us a call to schedule an appointment to diagnose oral pain you may experiencing.