Using root canal therapy to save an infected or traumatized tooth

Dr. Gonzalez and her associates at Gonzalez Dental Care work directly with patients of the Pembroke Pines, Florida area to educate them on ways to care for their smile. In addition to preventative care and attention to the teeth and gums with daily brushing and flossing, patients need to be aware of potential problems that can occur if they are not careful. This includes infection that leads to the need for extensive procedures such as root canal therapy.

What is a root canal?

Hearing “root canal” often brings anxiety to patients who visit Gonzalez Dental Care and are told that they could benefit from this procedure. However, the treatment is done to reduce pain and discomfort, and is completed with proper sedation and anesthetics. Dr. Gonzalez and her associates ensure patients are comfortable from start to finish, and can provide this treatment in just one visit. During root canal therapy, the inner dental pulp, which is a mass of tissues, nerves, and blood supply, is removed through a small hole made into the tooth. The inside canals of the tooth are disinfected and treated before they are filled with materials such as gutta percha and more commonly, composite resin bonding. In many situations, the dentist may also place a dental crown over the tooth. This not only offers an extra layer of protection, but it helps in strengthening the remaining tooth structure to reduce the risk of breakage later on.

Do I need a root canal?

Root canal therapy is often suggested as a last resort to avoid the extraction of one or more teeth within the smile. During a dental evaluation, Dr. Gonzalez and her team can determine if a patient will benefit from this procedure.

Call Gonzalez Dental Care today!

We encourage you to contact our practice with any questions or comments you may have. Patients can call the office at (954) 406-5342 to request an appointment and get started working with our team of professionals to achieve a healthy smile! Our practice, conveniently located at 9818 Pines Boulevard of Pembroke Pines, Florida, offers solutions for patients faced with mild to severe dental problems.