A root canal is an endodontic restorative treatment that repairs infected or damaged teeth by removing the inside layer of the infected dental pulp along with the roots. The inside of the tooth is then replaced with a biocompatible permanent filling and a dental crown is often used to protect the weakened tooth.
The process is minimally invasive and painless and can be performed in about an hour. Contact us at Amaya Dental to schedule a consultation in Miami or Pembroke Pines.
A root canal can save your tooth from extraction.
Your dentist will ask you about your symptoms and will use supplemental x-rays and oral exams to diagnose you with a tooth infection.
Your mouth will be numbed with a local anesthetic and if you prefer, you can also be sedated.
A hole is drilled into the tooth which reveals the pulp chamber.
All of the tooth’s pulp is removed from the crown and root portions of the tooth. We then remove bacteria from the roots by thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting them.
The filling used to replace your tooth’s dental pulp is gutta-percha. This material supports the inside structures of the tooth.
After sealing the access hole, a dental crown is placed on the rear molars. A crown may be placed on anterior teeth as well, although this is less common.
Anterior root canals are performed on the front teeth. An access hole must be made on the lingual side of the tooth (the side facing the tongue). Then, the pulp is removed and the canals are cleaned.
Because these teeth are thinner with fewer canals, the process is faster and takes fewer appointments at our Miami office. Crowns are not usually placed on the front teeth because they are not used for chewing and don’t need as much protection.
This is a root canal performed on a rear tooth, such as a premolar or molar. Posterior root canals are more common because cavities are more common in posterior teeth. To gain access to the pulp chamber, an opening is created in the chewing surface of the tooth.
However, up to 4 canals need to be thoroughly cleaned so this can take longer. These teeth need to be protected with dental crowns to prevent damage.
Root canals have a very high success rate.
Root canals are only suitable for infected or damaged teeth. Symptoms of an infected tooth include discoloration, pain, prolonged sensitivity, swelling in the gums and face, an abscess, and difficulty chewing.
However, sometimes the infection has traveled so far that the tooth can’t be saved and will need to be extracted. We will be able to tell you if your tooth can be salvaged with a root canal treatment. More often than not, it can be saved, as long as you haven’t left it untreated for a long time.
No, a root canal is no more painful than a routine filling and fillings don’t hurt at all! We always administer local anesthetics to relieve pain and we also offer dental sedation so that you don’t have to feel any stress or nerves during the procedure. A root canal will relieve the pain of a tooth infection.
If a root canal fails, you can get it retreated.