Root Canal Therapy in Fort Lauderdale, FL

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What is Root Canal Therapy?

Tooth decay, when caught early enough can usually be remedied with a simple filling. However, if the decay is more extensive it can infect the soft pulp and nerve in the inner portion of the tooth. To save the tooth, rather than having to pull it, Dr. Perez or Dr. Kodish removes the infected pulp and nerve, refills the tooth, and then places a dental crown to support and protect the tooth. This is referred to as an endodontic dental procedure or root canal therapy.

does root canal therapy hurt?

Root canal therapy is a more extensive procedure than repairing a simple cavity so some pain is normal. However, Dr. Perez or Dr. Kodish strive to ensure your procedure is done compassionately, quickly, and with as little discomfort as possible. Before the root canal begins, you will be given a local anesthetic to numb the target area. You may experience some pressure during the cleaning, but during the actual procedure, you shouldn't experience any pain. After the procedure, some patients may have mild pain or discomfort which should fade after a few days.

what happens if i don't get a root canal?

Anxiety around needing a root canal procedure is understandable, but the consequences of avoiding it can be worse. Not only do you risk losing the tooth, but a tooth with an infected nerve and pulp can also cause:

  • Severe pain
  • Bad breath
  • Headaches
  • Fever
  • Spreading decay
  • Infection spreading to other teeth or even your body
  • Teeth falling out
  • Necessary tooth extractions

How do i know if i need root canal therapy?

The symptoms of severe tooth infection can vary and the only way to know for sure you need a root canal is to have a dental examination. If you are unsure, contact The Kodish-Perez Dental Group to schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience. However, there are a few warning signs you can look for:

  • Persistent pain in the tooth or jaw
  • Swollen or bleeding gums around the tooth
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Tooth discoloration
  • The tooth is loose
  • Pain while eating or when you touch the tooth
  • A chipped or cracked tooth

Schedule your root canal therapy early

Don't suffer from tooth pain or risk losing a tooth by avoiding root canal therapy. Contact us at The Kodish-Perez Dental Group today to schedule an appointment to see how we can fix your tooth problems and help you create a healthier, happier smile.

Root Canal Therapy FAQ

How long is recovery from a root canal?

Recovery from a root canal is relatively quick, with most patients feeling back to normal within a few days. In the rare event that a patient may have complications, recovery can take a little longer, typically a week or two at the most.

How high is the success rate of root canal therapy?

Complications from root canal therapy are rare, and routine root canal therapy has a very high long-term success rate of 80 — 95%.

Should I get a root canal or a tooth extraction?

A root canal performed by an experienced doctor like Dr. Kodish or Dr. Perez can represent a lower risk to your oral heal than a tooth extraction. With a tooth extraction, there is always the risk of infection that can spread to other teeth. An extracted tooth also creates a gap that can weaken the support of the neighboring teeth causing teeth to shift and risking overcrowding, misalignment, or overlapping.

Why does a tooth treated with root canal therapy look darker?

It is normal for a tooth that gets root canal therapy to be a darker color than a normal healthy tooth, but it's not the root canal itself that makes the tooth appear darker. The darker color is a result of the decay, which was addressed by the root canal. 

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