If detected early on, tooth decay can be treated with a dental filling or a similar procedure to clean the enamel and seal the area. However, if the decay spreads past the enamel and infects the inner pulp of the tooth, you will likely need a root canal. Often called an endodontic treatment, root canal therapy at SEDA Dental of North Miami Beach removes the damaged pulp from the tooth, sanitizes the cavity, and then uses a filling material to seal the tooth. Our skilled dental team recommends root canal therapy to North Miami Beach, FL individuals because it not only treats the infected tooth, it prevents the decay from moving to other teeth (creating a larger issue).
If you believe you need a root canal, we understand if you have reservations about the procedure. A root canal is a very common dental therapy, yet many people avoid going to see a dentist for a toothache because of common dental fears. Our team makes every effort to help you feel at ease and relaxed, but we also offer a number of sedation options for any anxiety. Contact SEDA Dental of North Miami Beach to set up a consultation to learn more about sedation options and root canal therapy.
Also known as an endodontic surgery, an apicoectomy is performed when an infection exists following an initial root canal treatment. Though it may have been a successful treatment, the tissue that is infected can still be present after a root canal, causing a difficult healing process. The process for an apicoectomy includes removing both the infected tissue and the root of the tooth in order to preserve the tooth. Lastly, a filling is used to seal and protect the tooth.
An infection in the pulp of a tooth may be caused by a cavity, a deep crack in the tooth, or a physical trauma. The most obvious signs that you could have an infection are tooth or jaw pain, swelling or discoloration of the gums around the tooth, and changes in the color of the tooth. If the infection is not addressed, it can spread and cause increased pain. Schedule an appointment at SEDA Dental of North Miami Beach right away if you feel or notice something abnormal in your mouth. If you have fears or reservations about visiting the dentist, please ask us about sedation options to keep you calm and comfortable during your dental appointments.
What To Expect
Before the procedure, you will discuss your sedation and/or anesthetic options. We want you to feel at ease and relaxed while you are at our office. Some patients ask for nitrous oxide sedation (laughing gas) or oral-conscious sedation for a root canal. We are very sympathetic about dental fear and will help you make the necessary decision about your sedation needs.
During an endodontic procedure, we will assess the inner chamber of your tooth and extract the decayed pulp. Afterward, the inside of the empty chamber will be carefully sterilized to remove any leftover debris. To finalize the therapy, the tooth will be filled with a special material to seal and protect the tooth.
Depending on the type of sedation that was used, you may need to have a responsible adult take you home after your root canal. Your mouth may feel sensitive or swollen, but these are normal symptoms and can be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers. We recommend that you set up a follow-up appointment six months after your root canal. We will check to make sure the infection has been eradicated and that your mouth has healed. After that, you should continue to schedule annual dental exams and bi-annual cleanings to maintain your dental health.
At your consultation, we will give you cost estimates so your treatment fits both your needs and budget. If you currently carry dental insurance, we can call your carrier to determine your coverage. If you do not have dental insurance, SEDA Dental of North Miami Beach accepts several payment methods and may be able to help you find low-interest medical financing.
Root Canal Therapy
Thanks to advancements in the dental industry, root canals can be a fast, easy procedure to treat an infected tooth. Along with different levels of sedation, your root canal at SEDA Dental of North Miami Beach can be comfortable and save you from tooth pain or more invasive procedures. Contact our staff in North Miami Beach, FL to set up a consultation for more information on root canal therapy and other ways to improve your dental health.