Root Canals in Boynton Beach, FL
While there are certainly a lot of unfortunate jokes at the expense of root canal therapy, it’s necessary to understand the importance of this simple endodontic treatment and what it can do to benefit your smile for the long term. After all, our Boynton Beach, FL, dental team could end up saving your teeth with a root canal. “How?” you might be wondering. Here’s how.
Reasons for a Root Canal
If you are dealing with a dental infection, deep decay, or trauma (e.g. fracture; crack) that has caused an inflammation or an infection within the dental pulp (a structure that lies inside the tooth), the best option for the long-term health of your smile is to get a root canal treatment to remove the pulp and to prevent the problem from getting worse.
How a Root Canal Can Preserve Your Smile
Some people may think that it’s easier to just have the tooth removed rather than undergoing root canal therapy, but this is not true. Removing a permanent tooth means jawbone loss, negative changes to your overall facial structure, and also the need to replace the missing tooth with an artificial tooth so that the rest of your smile doesn’t shift into the open gaps and cause misalignments. It’s much easier and more cost-effective to undergo this simple endodontic procedure and to save the tooth rather than having it removed.
A Root Canal Can Save a Tooth
To preserve the tooth, our dental team will first numb the gums around the tooth with local anesthesia. Once the area is numb, we will drill into the tooth, remove the dental pulp and clean out any bacteria that are present. From there we will seal up the root canals and the inside of the tooth. In most cases, a dental crown will need to be placed over the top to protect the natural structure while also restoring full chewing strength back into the tooth.