In the past, if you had a tooth with a diseased nerve, you'd probably lose that tooth. Today, with a special dental procedure called “root canal treatment,” your tooth can be saved. As part of our comprehensive family dentistry services in Jupiter, William Maras DDS lends the skillful hands of our experts to bring you relief with root canals.
A root canal is an endodontic treatment that removes the infected center (pulp) of a tooth. This is done to prevent further decay or the need to remove the tooth entirely.
When a tooth is cracked or has a deep cavity, bacteria can enter the pulp tissue and germs can cause an infection inside the tooth. If left untreated, an abscess may form. If the infected tissue is not removed, pain and swelling can result. This can not only injure your jawbones, but it is also detrimental to your overall health.
Root canal treatment involves one to three visits. During treatment, your general dentist or endodontist (a dentist who specializes in problems with the nerves of the teeth) removes the affected tissue. Next, the interior of the tooth will be cleaned and sealed. Finally, the tooth is filled with a dental composite. If your tooth has extensive decay, your doctor may suggest placing a crown to strengthen and protect the tooth from breaking.
Root canals become necessary as a result of decay or infection. As long as you continue to care for your teeth and gums with regular brushing, flossing, and checkups, your restored tooth can last a lifetime.
If you have experienced pain, tenderness, or temperature sensitivity, you might be experiencing the symptoms of an infection. Don’t wait for the symptoms to get worse and come to William Maras DDS to learn whether a root canal in Palm Beach Gardens is necessary. Schedule an appointment today!
If you would like to learn more about root canals, please contact our practice to schedule an appointment.