• Call Now
  • 772.286.1606

Root Canals

Image
Your teeth are meant to last a lifetime. Years ago, diseased or injured teeth were usually pulled. But today, a tooth can often be saved through root canal (endodontic) treatment. Endodontics is the branch of dentistry that deals with treating diseases or injuries to the dental pulp. Complex root canals (molars) are often referred to an endodontist, a dentist who specializes in root canal and other endodontic treatments.

What happens if the dental pulp is injured?

The pulp is soft tissue inside the tooth that contains blood vessels and nerves. When the pulp becomes inflamed or infected, treatment is needed. The most common cause of pulp inflammation or infection (pulpitis) are a cracked or chipped tooth, a deep cavity, or restoration, or other serious injury to the tooth. All of these allow bacteria to enter the pulp.

Schedule an Appointment

Make an appointment today to get the
smile you deserve. We’re here to help!
Click Here

Meet our Team

We have years of experience and a wide
range of expertise. Learn more about us!
Click Here

Why should infected

dental pulp be removed?

If damaged or infected pulp is not removed, the tissues around the root of the tooth can become infected. Pain and swelling often result. Even if there is no pain, bacteria can damage the bone that holds the tooth in the jaw. An abcess (pus-filled sac) can result from an untreated infected pulp, which can cause serious or even life-threatening infection when not properly treated. Without treatment, the tooth may have to be removed.

Why should you save you a

natural tooth with a root canal?

When a tooth is removed (extracted) and not replaced, the teeth around it may shift. This can make biting and chewing difficult and may make it harder to clean your teeth. Areas that are not cleaned well are more likely to get cavities and gum disease.

Root canal treatment can prevent these problems by saving your natural tooth. Also, root canal treatment is usually less expensive than a replacement tooth (dental implant).

WHAT DOES ROOT CANAL
TREATMENT INVOLVE ?

Root canal treatment may involve one or more dental visits. The following necessary steps will be performed:
  • First, your tooth is profoundly numbed with local anesthetic for your comfort. A thin sheet of rubber latex is placed over the tooth to keep it dry. An opening is made through the crown of the tooth into the pulp chamber.
  • The tooth’s nerve (pulp) is removed from the pulp chamber and root canal (the space inside the root). Each root canal is cleaned and shaped so it can be filled in.
  • Often medicine is placed in the pulp chamber and root canal to help get rid of bacteria.
  • The root canals are filled with a rubber-like material (gutta percha) to seal them.
  • If the procedure is performed by an endodontist, a temporary filling is then placed into the tooth to prevent contamination of the root canals. Then, within a week or two at the most, you will return to Dr. Tyler for removal of the temporary filling and restoration of the tooth with a crown or a tooth-colored filling to strengthen it and improve the way it looks.
  • If the procedure is performed by Dr. Tyler, restoration will occur often immediately after the root canals are filled/sealed.
  • You might be given antibiotics if the infection has spread beyond the end of the root(s). If prescribed, use it only as directed.

How long will the restored tooth last?

When properly restored, a tooth with a root canal filling can last for many years. But, like any other tooth, it can become decayed or fractured or the tissue around it can get gum disease. Professional dental hygiene visits and regular dental exams will help keep your mouth healthy. whether you’ve had a root canal treatment or not.
For any further questions about root canals please do not hesitate to ask us.

Root Canal Treatment

Top 5 Reasons Not to Delay Root Canal Treatment

How Can We Help?

 Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to learn more about how Stuart Prosthetic Dentistry can help you achieve the smile you deserve.

Address

1001 S.E. Ocean Blvd. Ste. 102
Stuart, FL 34996

Contact Us

[email protected]
772.286.1606

Working Hours

Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri.8am to 5pm
Wed, Sat & SunClosed

Our Mission

To provide EXCELLENT DENTAL CARE enabling each patient to maintain their teeth for a lifetime in maximal health, aesthetics, and function. In harmony with patient’s expectations, focusing on individual dental concerns, dedicated to the HIGHEST STANDARDS of care in the restoration and replacement of teeth.