What is Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal therapy is treatment for the inside of a tooth. Inside of each tooth there is a substance called pulp, which is soft tissue containing blood vessels and nerves. The pulp fills the entire inside portion of the tooth, known as the root canal.
When bacteria somehow enters the root canal it can infect the pulp, causing pain and sometimes discoloration. A root canal procedure can remove the infected pulp and fill the tooth with a synthetic material that will strengthen it and prevent reinfection.
Benefits of Root Canal Therapy
A root canal procedure provides many benefits, such as:
- Save the natural tooth. Root canal therapy can save the existing tooth and allow it to remain in place in your mouth.
- Relieve pain. An infected tooth can cause severe tooth pain. A root canal procedure will relieve your pain by removing the infected tissue as well as the nerves from inside your tooth.
- Prevent pain. In some cases a root canal is done proactively to prevent infection for a tooth that is at risk. This can prevent you from experiencing the pain of an infected tooth.
- Avoid further treatment. Getting a root canal done when it is first recommended can prevent the need for more complex treatment for the tooth.
Are You a Good Candidate for Root Canal Therapy?
A good candidate for a root canal is someone who has tooth decay that has reached beyond the top layer of tooth enamel and into the dentin, the softer layer below it. A root canal can prevent bacteria from infecting the pulp. If you have a toothache you may already have an infected tooth that needs to be addressed with a root canal as soon as possible. If you’ve experienced a trauma that affected a tooth, causing it to hurt or appear discolored, you may also need a root canal to save the tooth.
Why Choose South Florida Sedation Dentistry?
South Florida Sedation Dentistry can make your root canal quick and painless through the use of sedation. We specialize in sedation dentistry, providing a variety of options to help you relax and avoid stress. You’ll breeze right through your root canal with the help of nitrous oxide, conscious oral sedation, or IV sedation. Our compassionate and understanding doctors and staff will put you at ease, even if you have severe dental anxiety. We strive to change the way you feel about going to the dentist through our modern approach.