Root Canal Treatment Miami, FL
At Dr. Rita The Smile Designer, we regularly perform root canal endodontic treatments in order to remove pulp infections and save our patients' teeth. We can complete the procedure while working to keep patients comfortable. Root canals are a common procedure. If you live in the Miami area and are currently experiencing tooth pain, we invite you to call (305) 434-4800 to schedule an appointment to have the health of your tooth evaluated.
Why do most people need a root canal?
When a tooth becomes infected, that infection can spread into the center of the tooth. This area is called the dental pulp. Inside of the dental pulp are the nerves, connective tissue, and blood vessels that keep the tooth alive and moist. All of the sensitive areas of the tooth are contained here. As such, when the area becomes infected it can be incredibly painful, requiring immediate treatment. When indicated, we can perform root canal therapy on people living in and around the Miami area.
How does the treatment work?
A root canal treatment, also known as an endodontic procedure, works by creating a small entrance in the tooth's root canals so that all of the infected nerve tissue living within them can be removed. This nerve, or dental pulp, is removed from within the canals, preventing the diseased tissue from spreading the associated infections to other areas of the mouth and body. Once empty, the canals are cleaned and disinfected before having them sealed with an inert material designed to ward off future bacteria from reentering the treated canals. To further treat the infection, antibiotics may be prescribed to ensure any lingering bacteria are eliminated.
Once the root canal treatment is complete and the root canal seal (gutta percha) is in place, the tooth can now be stabilized with a crown to further protect the tooth from fracturing in the future. At Dr. Rita The Smile Designer, we will ensure that the restored tooth blends in seamlessly with its surrounding, making it virtually impossible to tell that an infection and breakdown took place. Patients throughout the Miami area appreciate how natural their tooth looks once the procedure is complete.
Miami, Florida Root Canal Treatment
Why should I have a root canal endodontics treatment?
If you live in Miami, FL you should schedule an appointment with us to discuss the health of your teeth, any problems that you may be having, and what should be done to heal and protect your smile. If it appears that a root canal is the best option, we will make this recommendation. If not, we will present a treatment solution that will solve your health issue. Overall, a root canal endodontics treatment is extremely effective for saving damaged teeth by removing any infection that may be there. This single treatment makes it possible for millions of teeth to be saved on an annual basis. Once completed, eating and drinking becomes easy again.
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What about discomfort?
We work to help patients to feel comfortable during their root canal endodontics procedure by using sedation dentistry. We have a variety of ways that we can eliminate both discomfort and anxiety during a root canal. Whether a patient needs to take something ahead of time to relax or medication to numb the specific area that is being worked on, we can provide painless dentistry and help patients enjoy their dental treatments.
What are the advantages of this procedure?
In the past, many people would need to have their teeth pulled if they became severely infected or the dental pulp became inflamed. Now, those same teeth can be saved by performing a root canal. This is a far better option because it keeps the natural tooth in place. This is important for the shape of the face because as teeth fall out the muscles in the face can start to sag. While this is not particularly common with the loss of one tooth, it is when several become infected and fall out. By treating and saving an infected tooth, we are helping to preserve our patients' facial structure and jaw bone density.
Another benefit is that once the root canal has been completed, and the filling or crown is in place, it is possible to eat normally and without restrictions. Once the infection is gone, and the tooth is strengthened, it will behave like it used to. That makes it possible to bite down with normal force, chew, and maintain normal activities without worrying about the tooth. This helps patients throughout Miami get back to their busy schedules.
A restored tooth will look completely natural if a tooth-colored crown or filling is used to restore it. In fact, crowns can be created in the exact shade of the surrounding teeth so that it blends in perfectly. This way no one will know that you ever had a procedure completed. If, in fact, you had a root canal done previously, you may want to have the filling or crown around it replaced with today's version of advanced materials for an improved appearance.
Alternatively, if don't have a root canal endodontics procedure completed, the infected tooth will likely need to be pulled. This is essential for preventing the spread of infection. Once the tooth is removed it will need to be replaced. The options for doing so involve wearing a denture, getting a dental bridge or having dental implants installed. These are all viable solutions to having lost a tooth. A dental extraction is considered as a last resort. When possible, a tooth will be saved. A root canal endodontic procedure is just one modality used to eliminate acute or chronic infection within the tooth. To learn more about this option call Dr. Rita The Smile Designer at 305-434-4800 and schedule an appointment.
If you live in the Miami area, call (305) 434-4800 to schedule your dental exam so that you can remain in good health or receive treatment for a current condition.
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Definition of Endodontic Terminology
- Cementum is that bone-like tissue that forms the outer surface on the root of the tooth.
- Dental Pulp
- Refers to the innermost layer of a tooth. It contains the blood supply and nerve tissue that renders vitality and sensation to the tooth.
- Dentin is the inner layer of the tooth structure that is immediately under the enamel and surrounds the dental pulp.
- Direct Pulp Cap
- A direct pulp cap is a procedure in which a professional treats exposed pulp with a therapeutic material to help the tooth heal.
- Tooth Enamel
- Tooth enamel is the outermost protective layer of the tooth. Enamel is white and visible. Its hard composition protects the underlying layers, dentin and pulp, respectively.
- An endodontist is a specialist who focuses on treating issues, diseases and conditions that affect the inner-most layer of the tooth, the dental pulp.
- A pulpectomy is a procedure that involves the complete removal of pulp tissue from the root canal in a tooth.
- Pulpitis is another term to describe the inflammation of the dental pulp due to an injury or infection.
- A pulpotomy is a procedure involving the removal of a portion of diseased or infected pulp in order to protect the healthy portions of the pulp and teeth still in the mouth.
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