Root Canals

Root Canals Coral Gables, FL

Dr. Peggy Alvarez provides a root canal treatment with minimal discomfort thanks to advanced techniques, tools, and anesthesia applied in her practice. Also the entire dental team, works hard to deliver you a pleasant, comfortable experience each time you visit our office. To learn more about root canal treatment, we welcome you to contact us today at (305) 548-8690. We are committed to restoring your overall oral health.

Not all types of tooth aches, teeth pain are indications for a root canal. However, signs of infection severe enough to require a root canal includes:

  • Serious teeth pain when eating or when you put pressure on the area
  • Tooth ache or tooth pain and sensitivity to hot or cold that lingers after the hot or cold stimuli have been removed
  • A small, pimple-like bump on the gums near the area of teeth pain
  • Darkening of the tooth
  • Tenderness or swelling in the gums near the area of teeth pain

What is Root Canal Therapy?

Also referred as an Endodontic Treatment (“Endo” is the Greek word for “inside” and “odont” is Greek for “tooth.”), a Root canal therapy is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed, Damaged or infected. A root canal has two meanings: the first refers to the inner tooth situated between the tooth roots and the pulp. The second refers to the tooth treatment aimed at the removal of infected material and elimination of a toothache. Root canals have blood vessels for delivering nutrients to teeth and nerves that identify various influencing factors, such as cold, heat, and pressure. Removing a nerve is one of the stages of root canal therapy that is required when there is tooth decay and a pulp infection.

How a Root Canal Therapy Procedure is Done

Endodontic treatment can often be performed in one or two visits and involves the following steps:

  • The dentist examines and x-rays the tooth, then administers local anesthetic. After the tooth is numb, the dentist places a small protective sheet called a “dental dam” over the area to isolate the tooth and keep it clean and free of saliva during the procedure.
  • The dentist makes an opening in the crown of the tooth. Very small instruments are used to clean the pulp from the pulp chamber and root canals and to shape the space for filling.
  • After space is cleaned and shaped, the dentist fills the root canals with a biocompatible material, usually a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. The gutta-percha is placed with an adhesive cement to ensure complete sealing of the root canals. In most cases, a temporary filling is placed to close the opening. The temporary filling will be removed by your dentist before the tooth is restored.
  • After the final visit with your dentist, you must return to your dentist to have a crown or other restoration placed on the tooth to protect and restore it to full function.

If the tooth lacks sufficient structure to hold the restoration in place, your dentist or endodontist may place a post inside the tooth. Ask your dentist or dentist for more details about the specific restoration planned for your tooth.

Root Canal Therapy Care

After your RCT procedure is completed, your dentist will send you home with instructions for pain management and how to care for your tooth while recovering from treatment and until a follow-up visit. Following guidelines for care is especially important if a temporary filling or crown is in place.

A treated and restored tooth can last a lifetime with proper care. Root canals have a high success rate. Here are a few ways to take care of your teeth after a root canal:

  • Practice good oral hygiene – brush teeth twice a day, and floss at least once. Taking care of your teeth can help prevent future problems.
  • Visit the dentist regularly – cleanings and examinations by dentists and hygienists.
  • Avoid chewing on hard foods – chewing on hard foods such as ice can cause teeth to break, and can harm root canals.