Dentist Boca Raton Why Root Canal Therapy Matters

Protection of a Root Canal in Boca Raton, FL

Root canal therapy saves a tooth from bacterial infection and saves a patient from tooth loss. A root canal in Boca Raton, FL is a procedure that is routinely performed on teeth that have experienced severe decay or damage. The process involves removing the pulp of the tooth, thoroughly rinsing it, and filling the cavity. 
Signs you require a root canal treatment include: 
● Severe, persistent toothache
● Sensitivity
● Grey or lavender discoloration of the tooth
● Tenderness and swelling of the gums
● Recurring sore on the gums
Understanding Your Tooth
The inside of your tooth is made up of a collection of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. This makes up the core of your tooth that helps develop a strong outer layer. The pulp is no longer necessary once the tooth is fully formed and emerged from the gums. When an infection becomes prevalent in the tooth, removing the core preserves the healthy tooth structure. 
The Procedure
The first step of root canal therapy is to numb the area that will be receiving the treatment. Our Boca Raton dentists use a drill into the core of your tooth to remove the debris and bacteria. The area is flushed out to rinse any remaining debris and medicine may be administered to treat the infection. A temporary filling is placed to protect the area until your next visit.
If the infection spreads beyond your tooth roots, antibiotics is prescribed to clear any further disease. You'll need to visit our office again after your Boca Raton root canal treatment is done. At the second visit, your temporary filling is replaced with either a permanent filling or a dental crown.
Be Proactive With Your Smile
Protect your teeth from harm and eliminate your need for root canal treatment. The best way to treat a dental emergency is to prevent one from happening in the first place. Brush twice per day with fluoride toothpaste and floss after eating. Seeing Dr. Wallace or Dr. Salazar every six months gives us the opportunity to detect any underlying issues before they become more serious.
Avoid smoking or eating too many acidic or sugary treats that may be harmful to your teeth. You can also talk to us about a root canal treatment to learn more about your dental health risks and what you can do to prevent dental decay. 
If you would like to learn more about getting a root canal in Boca Raton, FL, call our office today. You can reach us at (561) 391-0020 or by filling out a contact form directly on our website. We look forward to helping you achieve a healthier smile!