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Excruciating tooth pain cannot be ignored for long. It may mean you need a root canal. If you do, our office has a specialist, called an endodontist, that can perform the procedure.
Endodontists specialize in therapy involving the soft inner tissue of the tooth, known as the pulp. The word “endodontic” comes from the Greek terms for the words “inside” and “tooth.”
Endodontists are dentists who complete an additional two or more years of advanced education in this type of treatment. They study root canal procedures and techniques in detail for diagnosis and treatment of more difficult cases. That is why many general dentists refer their patients to our endodontist in Aventura.
When Is a Root Canal Needed?
The hard, white covering of the tooth is called enamel. It can become chipped, cracked, or severely decayed, causing the pulp of the tooth to become infected. The way to repair the tooth is for an endodontist to perform a root canal. If the infection goes untreated, then the tooth may need to be pulled.
The symptoms below may be a sign that you need a root canal:
- Sharp pain when biting
- Pain that interrupts sleep
- Extreme sensitivity to touch, heat or cold
- Deep cavity
- Severe swelling around the tooth
- Tooth discoloration
If you are suffering any of these symptoms, call us today at (305) 921-0539 to schedule a root canal therapy consultation.
What Is Root Canal Therapy?
A root canal treatment, also called root canal therapy, is used to eliminate infection from the pulp of a tooth. That area stretches from the center of the tooth down through the roots. Root canal therapy is one of the most widely used methods to preserve a patient’s teeth and save them from extraction.
Contrary to what you may have heard, a modern-day root canal is not painful. Call our root canal specialist at (305) 921-0539 to see if root canal treatment at Dental Center at Aventura is needed to eliminate your toothache and save your natural tooth.
The root canal process typically includes numbing the tooth, opening the crown to access the inner pulp, using special tools to remove the infected pulp and then filling each canal before the tooth is sealed.
During a later appointment, the general dentist will place a permanent crown to protect the tooth from fracturing.
How Much Does a Root Canal Cost?
The cost of root canal treatment in Aventura varies, depending on the complexity of the procedure. A root canal on a front tooth is cheaper than a root canal on a larger molar, because molars have more root canals.
Frequently, dental insurance will cover some or the entire cost of the root canal. To find out what your total cost is estimated to be, call our office at (305) 921-0539 to schedule a consultation.
What Should I Expect After a Root Canal?
Once a root canal and crown are complete, the tooth is restored to normal. Because the tooth was not extracted, it will be easier to chew, speak, and smile. The best news is that the toothache caused by the infection will be completely gone.
Teeth restored through root canal treatment generally last for a very long time when maintained with proper dental hygiene. Call Dental Center at Aventura today to learn how a root canal treatment could help you.