A Root Canal Procedure Can Save Your Infected Tooth
A root canal procedure can eliminate the painful symptoms of a dental infection. It can also prevent infection from spreading to your other teeth, compromising your appearance and lifelong oral health. Though you may be apprehensive about the treatment, at our Boynton Beach, FL, practice, the procedure involves negligible discomfort. Dr. Paul Archacki uses very gentle and conservative techniques. He also offers nitrous oxide sedation if you are feeling particularly anxious. In addition, he has undergone extensive training to become a board-certified prosthodontist and is a member of the American Board of Prosthodontics. Thanks to this expertise, he can provide a beautifully lifelike crown as the last step of your treatment, restoring both your appearance as well as your oral function.
Are You a Candidate for Root Canal Therapy?
Dental infection is the number one reason for needing root canal—or endodontic—therapy. Infection develops when cavities go untreated and the bacteria that causes them reaches the soft pulp in the inner chamber of the tooth. As infection spreads, you could develop several different symptoms:
- Toothache, especially one that worsens in response to pressure, cold, or when eating or drinking something that contains sugar
- Radiating pain across your lower face
- Ear pain
- Abscesses on your gums
- Internal staining of your tooth
- Chronic bad breath
Though less common, Dr. Archacki may also perform root canal therapy if you have a badly cracked tooth. Endodontic treatment may be appropriate if the crack is too large for a crown, but it has not affected your tooth root.
Extraction is a lengthier and costlier treatment in the long run. When you receive root canal therapy, you will typically leave your second appointment with a beautiful and fully functional smile.
What to Expect during the Root Canal Procedure
To ensure your comfort before treatment, Dr. Archacki first numb your tooth with local anesthesia. If you suffer from dental anxiety, he can also provide nitrous oxide. This substance, also known as “laughing gas,” can cause feelings of mild euphoria as well as deep physical relaxation.
After administering any necessary sedation, Dr. Archacki will create a tiny opening in your tooth. This access point will enable him to remove the infected pulp and bacteria. He will address both the central chamber of your tooth and the root canals, reshaping these areas at the same time. Then he will fill them with a soft, rubber-like material. This substance, called gutta percha, will seal your tooth to keep out bacteria and prevent further infection. Next he will reshape the outside of your tooth, prepping it for a dental crown. He will take impressions of your tooth, and our lab will create an all-porcelain restoration. This material will be quite strong, but it will also provide a greater realism than metal or porcelain-fused-to-metal. Dr. Archacki will complete the custom shading here in the office to ensure the ultimate in aesthetics.
The Benefits of Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy will not only save your tooth, it could also protect the rest of your smile and your overall health. Untreated infection can lead to cavities, additional infected teeth, and gum disease. In some cases, the bacteria could even enter into your blood stream, causing life-threatening infections in other parts of your body.
While a tooth extraction may be a less complex procedure, Dr. Archacki will always try to save your natural tooth whenever possible. He offers durable, lifelike restorations, but nothing matches the strength and longevity of a biological tooth. Furthermore, extraction is a lengthier and costlier treatment in the long run. When you receive root canal therapy, you will typically leave your second appointment with a beautiful and fully functional smile.
Contact Dr. Archacki’s Office Today
If you have noticed the symptoms of a dental infection, do not let the condition spread. Contact us online to book an appointment. You can also call (561) 736-1177 to find out if a root canal is right for you.
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