Root canal treatment can save you from serious complications ranging from tooth sensitivity to tooth loss. At Coral Springs Medical & Dental in Coral Springs, Florida, the dental team provides expert services for patients suffering from infections and abscesses in their tooth roots. You can save your tooth and get rid of the pain in one procedure with a root canal treatment. To learn more, contact the team at Coral Springs Medical & Dental, or book an appointment online today.
A root canal is a dental procedure that involves the innermost part of your tooth, called the pulp.
Root canals are tubes in the pulp inside your teeth that go down into the tooth roots in your jaw. The root canals and pulp have a rich supply of nerves and blood vessels, so if an infection is present, it can cause a severe toothache.
When you have this problem, root canal treatment can prevent the need for tooth extraction. Unless there's a good reason to remove your tooth, root canal treatment is the better choice, as you won't lose your natural tooth.
Some tooth infections are treatable with antibiotics, but a deep-seated or persistent infection in the pulp might require root canal treatment. Aside from the intense pain, a root canal infection can lead to the development of an abscess.
Abscesses are pockets of pus that build-up and allow the infection to spread through your teeth and jaws. Without treatment, these abscesses can lead to multiple lost teeth. If the infection spreads into your jawbone, you could lose some of that, too.
The infection may even spread into other parts of your body, eventually leading to a potentially life-threatening stroke or heart attack.
Your dentist at Coral Springs Medical & Dental assesses the condition of your teeth and jaw using digital X-ray technology that can pick up even tiny areas of infection. They have access to state-of-the-art CBCT (cone beam computed tomography) scanning technology – dental X-rays that produce 3D images of your teeth, gums, nerves, and soft tissues.
Coral Springs Medical & Dental provides both local and intravenous (IV) anesthetic to keep you comfortable throughout the procedure. Root canals have a reputation for being painful, but with modern anesthesia techniques, they're virtually painless.
Your dentist begins by drilling a hole in the infected tooth, down into the pulp. They then extract the infected tissue, clean out the tooth, and disinfect it. It's vital that no infected material remains inside your tooth, as it could trigger a new infection following the root canal procedure.
Once the tooth is thoroughly clean and disinfected, your dentist fixes a crown designed to fit your tooth perfectly. Traditional crowns can take several weeks to make, but Coral Springs Medical & Dental uses CEREC® (chairside economical restoration of esthetic ceramics) crowns where possible, which they design and produce in-house. That means you can have the entire treatment completed on the same day.
If you think you have an infection or a severe toothache is getting you down, call Coral Springs Medical & Dental today or book an appointment online to explore root canal therapy.