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Root Canal

Delray Medical & Dental -  - Medical Clinic

Delray Medical & Dental

Medical, Dental, Podiatry and Behavioral Health Center located in Delray Beach, Florida

Root canal therapy is a pain-free way to save your tooth so you don’t have to undergo an extraction. If your tooth is decayed, highly sensitive, or damaged, Ingrid Romero, DMD and his expert dental team at Delray Medical & Dental in Delray Beach, Florida, may recommend root canal treatment to save it. Using the latest options in sedation dentistry, your Delray Medical & Dental dentist keeps you comfortable and relaxed during your treatment. To restore your smile and oral health, contact Delray Medical & Dental by phone or use the request appointment form.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal?

If someone refers to needing a “root canal,” that’s shorthand for saying that they’re getting a specialized treatment in the inner chambers of their tooth. Root canals are tiny tubes on the inside of your tooth that start in the innermost layer, known as the pulp, and run down the roots, which extend into your jawbone.

Both your pulp and root canals are filled with blood vessels and nerves. When the root canals get infected, your tooth can be extremely painful.

Why do I need a root canal?

Infected root canals can develop pus-filled pockets called abscesses that may spread the infection to other teeth or even throughout your body. Untreated infected root canals can lead to serious conditions such as:

  • Loss of all your teeth
  • Loss of jawbone
  • Systemic infection
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke

When your root canals are infected, you only have two options to restore your oral health: extraction or root canal therapy. Root canal therapy is preferable because it preserves most of the structure of your natural tooth, keeping the rest of your teeth in line, and maintaining healthy pressure on your jawbone.

Are root canals painful?

Today’s root canal treatments are virtually pain-free. Delray Medical & Dental offers local anesthetic and intravenous (IV) anesthetic to ensure that you stay relaxed and comfortable during your entire procedure. If you experience discomfort after the anesthetic wears off, you can take over-the-counter pain medications or ask for prescription medication.

What happens when I get a root canal treatment?

When you opt for root canal treatment, your dentist first administers an anesthetic so that you remain comfortable and pain-free during your treatment. They then drill a small hole into the top of your tooth to reach the infected area. Your dentist removes all of the infected material from your pulp and root canals.

Your dentist cleans out and disinfects the tooth. They cap the open tooth with a custom-designed crown to protect your tooth and restore its appearance.

To find out if you can save your tooth with root canal treatment, call Delray Medical & Dental or request an appointment online.