Root Canal Treatment

Once infection is within a tooth, the only cure is to remove the nerve. Clinically known as endodontics, root canal therapy is performed under local anesthesia and usually takes several visits. Once infection is within a tooth, the only cure is to remove the nerve. Clinically known as endodontics, root canal therapy is performed under local anesthesia and usually takes several visits.

What Causes Root Canal Problems?

Inside each tooth lie nerve and blood vessels called the ‘pulp.’ If a tooth is decayed or damaged, bacteria can enter the tooth and cause infection in the pulp, killing nerves and causing intense pain. Bacteria can also spread into surrounding tissues, causing painful abscesses on your gums. Antibiotics can relieve pain but they do not remove the source of the infection.

What Is Root Canal Therapy?

Once infection is within a tooth, the only cure is to remove the nerve. Clinically known as endodontics, root canal therapy is performed under local anesthetic and usually takes several visits.

A root canal treatment involves drilling a hole into the tooth and removing its soft center (the dental pulp). The dental pulp is made up of connective tissue, nerves, and blood supply, which extends into the root of your tooth. After the pulp is extracted and the bacteria is cleaned, the space is filled and sealed. At ISCAJA Dental, our professional Plantation dentists perform root canal treatments and help restore the functionality of your teeth. In addition, a root canal treatment can save a badly infected or damaged tooth and restore its function.

Frequently Asked Questions
Why Not Remove The Whole Tooth?
We always aim to save your natural teeth and avoid extractions. This is because the gaps left by missing teeth can cause other teeth to tilt and over-erupt, affecting your bite and causing other problems.
What Are The Risks?
As with all dental procedures, there are some risks and side effects associated with root canal treatment such as tenderness in the tooth and in the area of the infection. This is due to post-operative swelling or inflammation and should eventually subside. If not, the tooth may have become re-infected. If this is the case we may refer you to a specialist for re-treatment of the tooth.
How long does a root canal take?
A root canal procedure will take, on average, 60-90 minutes to complete. The entire procedure is relatively quick and efficient. However, this time may be extended for more complicated cases. Your dentist will provide you with the relevant information on how long your root canal treatment may take.
After Root Canal pain is normal?
It is completely normal to feel pain or discomfort after your root canal treatment. This is because your anaesthetic will wear off, and you will start to feel the impact of the deep cleaning. During a root canal treatment, the tissue around the tooth may become irritated. However, the pain will subside as the medication we place inside the tooth starts to work.