Save Your Smile With A Root Canal
Has your tooth been injured, or is it severely decayed, or highly sensitive to temperature changes? Instead of extracting that tooth, your Boca Raton, FL dentist, Dr. Alfred Huber of Reserve Dental Group, may propose root canal treatment, or endodontic therapy. Often thought of as a painful, lengthy procedure, root canal therapy is really a comfortable, tooth-sparing, 2-visit process that keeps your tooth in place and functioning for years.
Why a Root Canal?
Named for the inner chamber in one of up to 4 tooth roots, root canal therapy removes diseased connective tissue, blood supply and nerves from the adult tooth. By x-ray and visual inspection, Dr. Huber can tell if a tooth will function well after this time-tested and reliable procedure. He always prefers saving a natural tooth rather than extracting to keep jaw and gums from receding and to keep surrounding teeth strong and in good alignment. Plus, nothing looks, feels or bites and chews quite like a real tooth.
The Root Canal Procedure
After numbing the area with a local anesthetic and protecting soft tissues with a rubber dam, Dr. Huber drills a small hole into the first of the root canals to be treated. He uses several small files to remove the diseased pulp and to clean and smooth the canal walls. He instills anti-microbial medication if necessary and fills the chamber with gutta-percha, a natural, rubbery sealant.
Dr. Huber then places a temporary filling or crown on the tooth and sends the patient home to heal. Over the counter ibuprofen or acetaminophen, along with a soft diet for a day or 2, usually is sufficient to control any discomfort.
In a week or so, the patient returns to Reserve Dental Group to receive a custom-made porcelain crown to cover the treated tooth. A Boca Raton root canal should last for many years of reliable service. Good at-home brushing and flossing supports gum and bone health as do 6-month check-ups and cleanings with Dr. Huber.
Is Your Tooth Symptomatic?
If you have symptoms of an ailing tooth, call Reserve Dental Group in Boca Raton, FL right away. You can count on Dr. Huber and his dedicated team for an accurate diagnosis and precise and caring treatment. Call (561) 852-7773 for an appointment.