Save Your Smile With Root Canals

Root canals are a common dental procedure to save teeth that have become badly infected or decayed. At Family & Implant Dentistry of Stuart in Stuart, FL, understanding the procedure and its benefits can alleviate fears and help patients make informed decisions about their dental health.

What is a Root Canal?

A root canal, technically known as endodontic therapy, is used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or infected. Inside each tooth is soft tissue known as pulp. This pulp contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue that can become badly damaged due to decay.

What Procedures Are Involved in a Root Canal?

The first step is usually an X-ray to determine the extent of damage. Local anesthesia is administered to numb the tooth and surrounding area. An opening is made, and the damaged or infected pulp is removed. The inside of the tooth is then cleaned and disinfected before it’s filled with a biocompatible substance, usually a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. Finally, the opening is sealed with cement. Often, a tooth that needs a root canal is one that has a large filling, extensive decay, or other weakness. A crown is usually necessary to protect the tooth, prevent it from breaking, and restore it to full function.

What Are the Benefits of a Root Canal?

  • Pain Relief: While root canals are reputed to be painful, most patients report that the procedure is no more painful than having a filling placed.
  • Prevents Spread of Infection: By removing the infected or inflamed pulp, the procedure prevents the spread of infection.
  • Saves Natural Tooth: Root canal treatment allows you to keep your natural tooth, maintaining your smile and limiting the need for more extensive dental work.
  • Improved Oral Health: A tooth that has received a root canal and proper restoration can last as long as other natural teeth, contributing to overall oral health.

Contact us today to learn more about our root canal treatments and determine if it’s the right choice for you to maintain a strong, healthy smile!

Contact Family & Implant Dentistry Of Stuart About Root Canals Today!

  • Relieve intense toothache and discomfort
  • Curtail the spread of infection
  • Save teeth from possible extraction
  • Strengthen and restore tooth structure
  • Optimize your oral health!