Endodontics & Root Canals

When that dull aching tooth pain becomes an overnight searing nightmare, chances are it’s time to see your dentist for what’s commonly called root canal treatment.

A root canal is a dental procedure in which an endodontist or dentist drills a whole into the crown of your tooth, through the enamel, to access the tooth root and removed infected tissue known as “tooth pulp,” which includes nerve tissue and blood vessels. With the pulp removed and the passageway or “canal” left behind from the damaged tooth root and pulp chamber is filled with a type of latex dental sealant. Doing so prevents the risk of future bacterial re-infection.

Both general dentists and endodontists can perform most root canals, though some complex cases may require a referral.

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Because mature teeth receive blood and nutrients through additional pathways a tooth whose roots have been removed can still survive. That’s the entire logic behind the procedure: to preserve a healthy, living tooth in an effort to prevent extraction and the need for some form of prosthetic restoration.

Historically root canals were thought to be one of dentistry’s most unpleasant procedures. But today, this is more myth than fact. At the Centers for Dental Implants, our expert team of endodontic specialists is committed to ensuring a pain-free and anxiety-free experience.

Root Canal -- Yes or No?

Several diagnostic tests can assist in the diagnosis of the dental pulp and the surrounding tissues. These include:

  • Palpation: This is where the tip of the root is felt from the overlying tissues to see if there is any swelling or tenderness present
  • Mobility: Determining if there is abnormal movement of the tooth in the socket
  • Percussion: The tooth is tapped to see if there is any tenderness
  • Transillumination: Shining a light through the tooth to see if there are any noticeable fractures
  • Tooth sloth: The patient bites down on a plastic instrument. This helps localize where the tooth pain is most felt.
  • Radiographs

After Your Root Canal Procedure

Molars and premolars that have undergone root canal require a crown covering the cusps of the tooth. This is because the access made into the root canal system removes much of the interior tooth structure. Molars and premolars are the main teeth we all use for chewing and will fracture without this added protection. In contrast, anterior teeth do not require full coverage restorations, unless there is extensive tooth loss from decay.

If these steps are followed and you continue your normal after-care treatment with regular brushing and flossing, patients can expect root canal success rates of around 97 percent!

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Once the root canal process is completed, you’ll enjoy a beautiful, pain-free smile for many years to come, along with renewed self-confidence! For more information about restoring your smile with a root canal, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Garg and his team, contact the Center for Dental Implants at one of our locations around Miami today!

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