When caught early, tooth decay is addressed with a standard filling or something similar to remove the decay and close off the area. However, when the decay expands beyond the outer tooth and affects the inner portion of the tooth, you will need a root canal. Also known as an endodontic treatment, root canal therapy at SEDA Dental removes the infected pulp from the tooth, cleans the cavity, and then fills and seals the tooth. Our trained team of dental professionals may recommend a root canal to South Florida patients because it treats the infection and keeps the decay from spreading to other teeth (and creating larger problems).
Though root canals are a common dental treatment, patients often put off going to the dentist to address tooth pain because of dental anxiety. Our staff will do their very best to make sure you are at ease and comfortable, but we also provide several methods of sedation for any fear and anxiety. Contact SEDA Dental to schedule a consultation at one of our modern facilities for more information on root canal therapy and sedation methods.
An apicoectomy, also known as an endodontic surgery, may need to be performed following an initial root canal treatment if an infection is still present. Even if a root canal procedure has been successful, infected tissue may still be apparent in the root of the tooth. With an apicoectomy, this infected tissue and the tip of the tooth's root are removed in order to preserve the health of the tooth. A filling is then placed to seal and protect the tooth.
An infection that reaches the pulp of your tooth can be the result of a deep crack or cavity in the tooth or a physical injury. Some of the most common signs that you may have an infected tooth are tooth pain, jaw pain, swollen and discolored gums, and discoloration of the affected tooth. If the infected pulp is not removed, it will become increasingly painful as the infection spreads to other parts of your mouth. Set up an appointment at SEDA Dental as soon as you feel or see any changes in your mouth. If you have fears or anxieties about going to the dentist, do not hesitate to ask us about sedation dentistry to help you remain calm and at ease during your exam and treatment.
What To Expect
Prior to the treatment, your anesthetic/sedation options will be discussed. We do not want you to feel nervous, anxious, or scared during your appointment. Many individuals request nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or oral-conscious sedation to get them through a root canal. Our team is very understanding about dental anxieties and will try to help you make the appropriate decision on how to proceed.
To perform an endodontic procedure, we will examine the innermost part of your tooth and then carefully remove the infected pulp. From there, the inner chamber will be thoroughly cleaned to eliminate any lingering debris. Once it is cleaned, the tooth is filled with a dental filler to seal and protect it from further decay.
Based on the method of sedation that was chosen, you might need to have an adult drive you home following your procedure. You should expect your mouth to feel tender or swollen, but this should not last more than a few days and can be reduced with anti-inflammatory medications. You should schedule a follow-up appointment for about six months post-procedure. We will examine the area to see that the infection is gone and that there is no cause for concern. Afterward, you should continue to schedule yearly dental check-ups and twice-yearly dental cleanings to maintain your oral health.
During your consultation, we will go over cost estimates to align your treatments with your health needs and your budget. If you have dental insurance, we will contact your provider to figure out your benefits. If you do not have dental insurance, SEDA Dental takes many payment methods, and we can assist you in finding medical financing options.
Root Canal Therapy
Due to advances in medical techniques and technology, a root canal can be a quick, simple process to treat an infected tooth. In conjunction with your choice of sedation, your root canal at SEDA Dental can be free from discomfort to avoid further tooth pain and more serious complications. Contact one of our offices in South Florida to schedule a consultation in order to learn more about root canal therapy and to improve your overall dental health.