If detected early on, tooth decay is addressed with a standard filling or something similar to remove the decay and close off the area. However, when the decay spreads beyond the outer tooth and affects the inner portion of the tooth, you will likely need a root canal. Often called an endodontic treatment, root canal therapy at SEDA Dental removes the damaged pulp from the tooth, sanitizes the cavity, and then fills and seals the tooth. Dentist Dr. Mauricio Antezana may recommend a root canal to Boca Raton, FL individuals because it treats the existing infection and keeps the decay from spreading to other teeth (creating a larger issue).
If you believe you could benefit from root canal therapy, we understand if you might have reservations about the procedure. Though root canals are a common dental treatment, patients often avoid going to the dentist to address tooth pain because of common dental fears. Dr. Antezana and his staff make their best effort to help you feel at ease and comfortable, but we also provide a number of sedation options to ease any fear and anxiety. Contact SEDA Dental to set up a consultation with Dr. Antezana for more information on sedation dentistry options and root canal therapy.
Also called an endodontic surgery, an apicoectomy may be required in the case of an infection occurring after a root canal procedure. In some instances, infected tissue can remain, even after a successful root canal treatment. This can prevent optimal healing and can possibly lead to a secondary infection. During an apicoectomy, the infected tissue and the root tip of the tooth are removed, and a filling is placed to seal the end of the root in order to preserve the tooth.
An infection that reaches the pulp of your tooth may be the result of a cavity, a deep crack in the tooth, or a physical injury. The most obvious signs that you could have an infection are tooth pain, jaw pain, swollen and discolored gums, and discoloration of the affected tooth. If the infection is not addressed, the infection will spread, causing increased pain. Set up an appointment at SEDA Dental right away if you feel or notice any changes in your mouth. If you have anxieties or reservations about going to the dentist, do not hesitate to ask us about sedation dentistry to help you remain calm and at ease during your dental appointments.
What To Expect
Prior to the treatment, your anesthetic/sedation options will be discussed with Dr. Antezana. We do not want you to feel nervous, anxious, or scared during your appointment. Some individuals ask for nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or oral-conscious sedation for a root canal. Dr. Antezana is very sympathetic about dental fear and will try to help you make the necessary decision about your sedation needs.
To perform an endodontic procedure, Dr. Antezana will examine the innermost part of your tooth and extract the decayed pulp. Afterward, the inner chamber will be carefully cleaned to eliminate remaining debris. To finalize the therapy, the tooth is filled with a dental filler to seal and protect it from further decay.
Based on the method of sedation that was chosen, you might need to have an adult drive you home following your root canal. You should expect your mouth to feel tender or swollen, but these are normal symptoms and can be reduced with anti-inflammatory medications. We recommend that you set up a follow-up about six months post-procedure. Dr. Antezana will examine the area to make sure the infection has been eradicated and that there is no cause for concern. Afterward, you should continue to schedule yearly dental check-ups and twice-yearly dental cleanings to maintain your oral health.
During your consultation, Dr. Antezana will give you cost estimates to align your treatments with your health needs and your budget. If you currently carry dental insurance, we will contact your provider to determine your benefits and any out-of-pocket costs. If you do not have dental insurance, SEDA Dental accepts several payment methods and may be able to assist you in finding medical financing options.
Root Canal Therapy
Due to advancements in the dental industry, root canals can be a quick, simple procedure to treat an infected tooth. In conjunction with your choice of sedation, your root canal at SEDA Dental can be free from discomfort to avoid further tooth pain and more serious complications. Contact our staff in Boca Raton, FL to set up a consultation with experienced dentist Dr. Antezana to learn more about root canal therapy in order to improve your dental health.