Are you experiencing a severe toothache and suspect that you may need a root canal? Do you find it difficult to find a skilled and experienced endodontist?
A root canal is required when the tooth suffers from a severe state of decay or infection known as an abscess. The infection reaches deep into the tooth and kills or inflames its pulp, i.e., the nerve, resulting in intense pain, a swelling of the gums around the affected tooth, difficulty chewing, and/or other unpleasant symptoms.
The ideal solution to this problem is root canal therapy, a procedure where we remove the abscess from your tooth’s pulp as well as the pulp itself to prevent future complications.
In serious cases, you may also require endodontic surgery, also known as an apicoectomy, to remove any remaining bacteria from within or near your jaw bone. Following an endodontic procedure, your tooth becomes a hollow shell that must undergo a restorative procedure – in most cases, a dental crown – to restore its full, healthy function.
Do You Need A Root Canal?
Determining if a tooth requires a root canal may be an easy process in some cases.
There are a number of signs and symptoms that people needing an endodontic treatment frequently experience. There are also some less obvious ones that your dentist will know that will further suggest that a tooth requires attention.
The final decision about a specific tooth’s need for a root canal will be based on your dentist collecting all the information available. After a complete picture of everything going is collected, an accurate diagnosis can be made.
Here are the types of issues and events that are common indicators that a root canal is necessary:
- mild or severe tooth pain
- swelling in the surrounding gum
- sensitivity to hot foods or liquids
- tooth discoloration
While all of these are signs of a needed root canal, they can also be indications of other problems where a root canal would not be needed. It is important to call your dentist right away if any of these symptoms occur however.
What To Expect During A Root Canal
The first step will be to take an X-Ray to determine if there is any decay. This X-Ray will be compared to any previous ones to see if there is any deterioration over time.
If a root canal is the necessary procedure to correct the problem, the next step will be to anesthetize the area. When done properly, no pain should be felt during the procedure.
An opening is then made to access the infection and the diseased pulp is removed. Special cement is then applied to fill the hole so that the root is protected once again.
After the root canal, most people do not experience any more pain, but the tooth is still healing and some people do experience minimal discomfort for a day to a week.
Miami Root Canal
At Artistic Smiles, we anticipate that some of our existing or new patients will require a root canal sooner or later: That is why our very own Miami dentist, Dr. Yon Elejabarrieta, has completed specialized training to become a highly skilled endodontist. For complex root canals and re-treatments, we are fortunate to have an endodontic specialist, Dr. Ivan Moldauer, come to our office.
We use only the latest tools and technology for our endodontic procedures, including a microscope for optimal results. As a trained and experienced endodontist, Dr. Yon Elejabarrieta is able to take emergency cases and treat your tooth in a quick and efficient manner. Restoring your dental health and well-being as soon as possible is one of the top priorities of our dental clinic!
For more information on root canals or other endodontic treatments from an expert dentist in Miami, please do not hesitate to contact us at Artistic Smiles today.