Root Canal

Alpha Dental

Cosmetic & General Dentistry & Periodontists located in Lake Worth, FL

You don’t need to worry if the dentist at Alpha Dental recommends a root canal after an examination of your teeth. It’s the best way to save your tooth and your smile. If you’re experiencing mouth pain or have concerns about a tooth and live in or near Lake Worth, Florida, call the office or use the online booking agent to schedule an appointment today.

Root Canal Q & A

Alpha Dental

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a dental procedure aimed at saving your diseased tooth. For the team at Alpha Dental, root canals are as routine as a dental filling. To complete a root canal, you may need one to three dental appointments depending on the condition of your tooth and your personal needs.

Why do I need a root canal?

If the soft tissue, known as pulp, in your tooth is infected, you need a root canal. A deep cavity, injury to the tooth, or a crack in the tooth can lead to an infection.

During the development of your tooth, the blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue in the pulp promote the growth of your root. However, your tooth doesn’t need the pulp to survive after it’s fully developed. Your teeth can get its nourishment from surrounding tissue.

How do I know if I need a root canal?

You may not know you need a root canal before your dental exam by the specialists at Alpha Dental. However, signs that indicate you may need a root canal include:

  • Tooth pain with or without bite pressure
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Gum swelling

If you’re experiencing these symptoms, call the office to schedule an examination. Getting treatment early is the best way to save your tooth and improve oral health.

What happens during a root canal?

During a root canal, the dentist begins by administering anesthesia to minimize discomfort. Most patients experience very little pain, if any at all, during a root canal.

Once the area is numb, the dentist drills a hole in your tooth, removes the infected pulp, and thoroughly cleans the inside of your tooth. Your dentist may also apply an antiseptic to kill any remaining germs.

Then, the dentist fills the clean hole in your tooth with a special rubber cement to seal it and prevent any further infection. You’ll then get a filling or crown placed on your tooth to close and protect the tooth.

You may need to come back for an additional appointment after your root canal procedure for placement of a permanent filling or crown

If you’re experiencing tooth pain or oral sensitivity, call the office or book an appointment online.