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Do you have an excruciating toothache? An infected tooth needs immediate treatment to avoid tooth loss. Talk to our family dentist about root canal therapy at our office in Fort Lauderdale.
When Is a Root Canal Needed?
The hard, white covering of teeth is called enamel. When the enamel becomes severely decayed, cracked or chipped, the pulp inside the tooth can become infected. The only way to repair the tooth is for a dentist to perform a procedure called a root canal. The symptoms listed here may be a sign your child needs a root canal:
- Tooth discoloration
- Deep cavity
- Severe tooth pain
- Dental pain that interrupts sleep
- Extreme sensitivity to cold, hot or touch
- Sharp pain when biting
- Severe swelling of the gums around the tooth
Our general dentist can perform routine root canals. If the procedure is complex, our dentist may refer you to a root canal specialist called an endodontist. Call us today for a root canal consultation.
What Is Root Canal Therapy?
A root canal treatment, also referred to as root canal therapy, is used to eradicate infection from the pulp of a tooth. The pulp chamber is a space inside the tooth that contain its blood vessels, nerves other cellular structures. The chamber runs from the center of the tooth down through the roots. Root canals are a widely used method of preserving a patient’s teeth and saving them from extraction.
Don’t believe the old stories about painful root canals. The procedure eliminates pain. Call our root canal doctor at Galt Family Dentistry today at (954) 302-7410 to see if root canal treatment is needed to eliminate your child’s toothache and save the tooth.
What should I expect from a root canal treatment?
The good news is that modern dentistry has made getting a root canal about as easy as getting a filling. In most cases, the root canal process only takes about an hour or two to complete.
Root canal therapy typically includes these steps:
- The dentist will numb the tooth to prevent any pain.
- The dentist will create an opening in the top of the tooth (crown) to gain access to the inner pulp.
- The dentist will use a special set of tools to remove the infected pulp, disinfect the area, and shape the root canals.
- Our dentist will fill the canals with a special substance, then seal the tooth.
- At a later appointment, the dentist will place a permanent crown to protect the tooth from fracturing.
How Much Does a Root Canal Cost?
The cost of the root canal treatment in Fort Lauderdale depends on the complexity of the procedure. Larger teeth, like molars, have more roots, so the procedure would cost more than on a front tooth.
Frequently, your dental insurance will cover some of the cost of your root canal treatment. To find out what the total cost is estimated to be, call our office at (954) 302-7410 to schedule a consultation.
What Should I Expect After a Root Canal?
Once a root canal and crown are complete, your tooth is restored to its normal functionality. Because the tooth was not extracted, it will be easier to chew, speak, and smile. Best of all, the toothache that caused all that pain will be completely gone.
Teeth restored through root canal therapy generally last for a very long time when maintained with proper dental hygiene. Call Galt Family Dentistry today to find out how a root canal treatment could help you.