Root Canal Treatment Relieves Pain, Saves Tooth
There’s a battle waging in dentistry today. Not only is our Miami dental office here to keep your smile healthy by fighting off plaque and harmful infections, but we’re determined to change your perception of root canals.
Root canals have been a crucial part of dentistry for decades. While the techniques have changed with technology, the overall purpose remains the same: root canals save your teeth!
Most patients assume that root canals will be one of the most painful experiences of their life. That’s simply not the case anymore. The treatment has advanced so much that we can complete the entire procedure with little, if any, discomfort. Dr. Greenstein has trained in endodontics to provide safe and predictable care.
Typical dental offices use a specialist off-site to complete root canals. At Greenstein Dental, we take pride in completing your dental care from start to finish.
Root Canal Treatment
Root Canals (endodontics) are suggested once a deep cavity has irreversibly affected the nerve inside the middle of your tooth, also known as the dental pulp. This procedure is done to save the infected tooth allowing it to once again function properly without sensitivity or pain.
It’s necessary to remove the infection because there is a chance it could spread to your healthy teeth nearby. The dental pulp is vital in helping your tooth develop and grow, but your tooth can still function once the dental pulp is removed during a root canal.
There’s a chance you could need a root canal and have no symptoms. However, here are a few indications that a tooth may require root canal treatment:
- Temperature sensitivity
- Pain when biting down or chewing food
- Throbbing, aching tooth
- Swollen gums or face
- X-rays showing dark area around root tips
Most root canal procedures are completed in just one visit, though some infections (abscesses) may require a second appointment. We will likely recommend antibiotics to help heal the area around the root tip and reduce any swelling that may be present.
During root canal treatment, we open the tooth and clean the canals. Most teeth have one or two canals but some have more than two. The time of treatment depends on the number of canals in your tooth. After endodontic therapy, teeth are commonly protected from further damage by placing a crown. This prevents the now-brittle tooth from breaking and restores proper color to match your remaining teeth.
Using our CEREC technology, we can fit your tooth with a permanent and natural-looking crown the same day as your root canal procedure. Our CEREC machine cuts down your time in the dental office.
Root canals can relieve your pain and keep your tooth functional for the rest of your life. It is a common misnomer that root canal therapy is a painful procedure – in fact, it is avoidance of treatment that leads to the unfortunate pain so many people experience. Local anaesthetics used in all dental procedures eliminate this concern allowing Greenstein Dental to easily and painlessly care for your tooth.