Each year, more than 15 million Americans undergo a root canal, which is a routine dental procedure aimed at saving a severely damaged or decayed tooth from extraction. The team at SEDA Dental, with locations in Jupiter, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Pompano Beach, Pinecrest, and North Miami Beach, Florida, is dedicated to providing comprehensive dental care. If you’re in need of a root canal or have concerns about the health of a tooth, contact any of their offices by phone or book online today.
A root canal is a dental procedure aimed at saving a severely damaged or decayed tooth. Your root canal refers to the tiny passageways that branch off from beneath the top of your tooth, coursing their way vertically downward until they reach the tip of your root. This canal contains pulp and your tooth’s nerve.
Your dentist at SEDA dental explains in detail why you need a root canal. They may recommend the tooth-saving procedure if you have an infection that affects the pulp of your tooth.
Your tooth doesn’t require the pulp or nerve to survive. However, if left untreated, the infection may spread to your tooth root or jawbone, which may require tooth extraction or more serious dental care.
Your dentist explains what you can expect during your root canal prior to the procedure. The specifics may depend on the tooth requiring a root canal, as well as your oral and medical health history. However, you can expect at least two office visits for the completion of your root canal.
Before beginning treatment, your dentist first administers a numbing agent into the area surrounding the infected tooth. Once you’re properly numbed, your dentist uses special dental tools to create a small hole in your tooth to remove the pulp and nerve.
Your dentist then thoroughly disinfects the chamber of your tooth and packs it with specialized dental cement. You’ll get n impression taken of your tooth, which is used to make your permanent crown, and covers your tooth with a temporary filling.
Once your permanent crown is ready, your dentist has you return to the office to cement your permanent crown to cover and protect your natural tooth.
The team at SEDA Dental provides specific instructions on how to care for your root canal in between your first and second appointment, as well as after placement of your permanent crown. Most importantly, you need to brush and floss regularly as directed and return to the office for your cleanings and exams to help prevent dental disease.
For comprehensive and gentle dental care from a team focused on your overall oral health needs, contact SEDA Dental by phone or book an appointment online today.