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Root Canal North Miami Beach – Endodontist North Miami Beach

Microscope Assisted Endodontics

The important thing to know about microscopic endodontics is that it enables us to obtain much higher definition and better lighting during treatment. This allows us to see significantly more detail than we would be able to without the high magnification. We can see internal cracks in a tooth. We can also see accessory canals and other areas that someone who isn’t using a microscope is unable to see or negotiate. This enhanced visibility enables us to greatly increase the success rate of every procedure we do.

Root canal treatment is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection. In order to save the tooth, the pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth), nerves, bacteria, and any decay are removed and the resulting space is filled with special, medicated, dental materials, which restore the tooth to its full function.

Root Canal North Miami Beach – Endodontist North Miami Beach
Root canal treatment is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection. In order to save the tooth, the pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth), nerves, bacteria, and any decay are removed and the resulting space is filled with special, medicated, dental materials, which restore the tooth to its full function.

Signs and symptoms for possible root canal treatment:

  • An abscess (or pimple) on the gum
  • Sensitivity to hot and/or cold
  • Severe toothache pain
  • Sometimes no symptoms are present
  • Swelling and/or tenderness

A root canal treatment is recommended for:

  • Decay that has reached the tooth pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth)
  • Infection or an abscess has developed inside the tooth or at the root tip
  • Injury or trauma to the tooth

Root Canal Treatment

A root canal procedure requires one or more appointments. While the tooth is numb; a rubber dam (a sheet of rubber) will be placed around the tooth to keep it dry and free of saliva. An access opening is made on top of the tooth and a series of root canal files are placed into the opening, one at a time, removing the pulp, nerve tissue, and bacteria. If tooth decay is present, it will also be removed with special dental instruments.

Once the tooth is thoroughly cleaned, it will be sealed with either a permanent filling or, if additional appointments are needed, a temporary filling will be placed.

At the next appointment, usually a week later, the roots and the inside cavity of the tooth will be filled and sealed with special dental materials. A filling will be placed to cover the opening on top of the tooth. In addition, most of the teeth that have root canal treatment should have a post build up and a crown (cap) placed. This will protect the tooth and prevent it from breaking, and restore it to its full function. After treatment, your tooth may still be sensitive, but this will subside as the inflammation diminishes and the tooth has healed.

Our office will give you care instructions after each appointment. Good oral hygiene practices and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your root canal treatment.