Alleviating Your Dental Discomfort
Personalized Dental Care in North Palm Beach and Juno Beach
At Acosta Dental Arts, PA, we take pride in our dental work and the oral health of our patients. We treat every single one with care and give every procedure the appropriate attention it requires. When it comes to root canals, we understand that patients come in with discomfort and sometimes unbearable pain. Our job it to alleviate you from both of those feelings, while providing you with affordable treatment. Please feel free to contact our dental office with any questions regarding your dental pain – we service the areas of North Palm Beach, Juno Beach and Palm Beach.
What is a Root Canal?
At the core of the tooth is soft tissue (also known as pulp). The hollow area that houses this soft tissue contains a space towards the top of the tooth called the pulp chamber. This pulp chamber is connected to the root of the tooth via pipe-like canals, giving rise to the term “root canal”. The blood vessels in these canals provide nutrition to the tooth. Occasionally, the internal soft tissue of the tooth becomes infected and can result in a serious infection if left untreated. Root canal treatment should take place before the infection gets too serious.
Infected/Inflamed Pulp Tissue
Technically “root canal” is not the name of the procedure but refers instead simply to the thin tubes that connect the pulp chamber and the tip of the tooth’s root. In fact, the procedure that laymen refer to as a “root canal” is actually known as a pulpectomy to dentists. A pulpectomy is an endodontic treatment to cure an infected root canal. In the old days, damage to the core of a tooth usually meant it had to be removed. Today, however, a “root canal” procedure (or pulpectomy) disinfects and refills the inside of the tooth to relieve pain and limit damage to the tooth.
Symptoms of Root Canal Infection
- Spontaneous pain or throbbing while biting.
- Sensitivity to hot and cold foods.
- Severe decay or an injury that creates an abscess (infection) in the bone
The Root Canal Treatment Procedure
The tooth is first anesthetized, and then a hole is drilled down into the pulp. Dr. Acosta uses tiny instruments to extract the remaining pulp from the tooth, thoroughly disinfecting the tooth canal in the process. Once disinfected, the interior of the tooth is filled with an inert material that helps prevent further infection.
Dentist Trained in Root Canal Treatment
Dr. Acosta is trained to perform endodontic treatment, but for more complex root canals you may be referred to a root canal specialist. If you are in the areas of North Palm Beach and Juno Beach and would like to set up an appointment for a root canal treatment with Dr. Adrian Acosta due to dental pain, please call 561-622-0301 or fill out our contact form.