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By Brilliant Smiles Dental
May 11, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canals  

If your teeth are experiencing severe decay, your dentist may recommend a root canal. Some people may be nervous or scared of what a root canal entails. You may have heard horror stories about the pain or recovery time. But your Delray Beach dentist, Henry Rodriguez-Martin, Root Canal DMD, can help save your tooth with a gentle, comfortable root canal therapy.

What is a Root Canal?

Root canal therapy, also called endodontics, is necessary when there has been damage or decay to the tooth’s pulp. The root canal therapy removes the infected or inflamed tissue from the tooth’s root. The dentist then cleans out the canals and refills the empty space with a permanent material.

Why Have a Root Canal?

When decay has spread into the pulp of the tooth, it can cause the patient a deep infection that can lead all the way into the jaw bone. When infection gets into the jaw bone and surrounding tissue, it will cause an abscess and often extreme pain. A root canal helps to relieve this pain by removing the infected tissue which stops the infection from spreading.

Restoring the Tooth

Once the root canal therapy cleans out the deep decay and is filled, the tooth will need to be restored. Your dentist will make a crown, sometimes called a cap, to fit over the tooth and seal it. The crown looks and feels just like your natural tooth.

How Much Pain is Involved?

Delray Beach dental patients should find that a root canal is no more painful than any other dental procedure. Your dentist will numb the area to keep you comfortable during the treatment. In many cases, if a patient has been experiencing tooth pain prior to the procedure, the root canal actually helps to relieve this pain and provide a great deal of comfort. Your dentist may also prescribe an antibiotic to help relieve the infection and inflammation prior to the treatment.

If you’re ready to have your root canal, be sure to find a dentist who specializes in the procedure. Dr. Henry Rodriguez–Martin at Brilliant Smiles Dental in Delray Beach, FL offers endodontics and a wide variety of other dental services to meet your family’s needs. Schedule your appointment to stop your tooth decay in its tracks.


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