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What is a Root Canal?

Root canals in Plantation, FL, are the treatment of an infected pulp located in the soft core in the center of a tooth. It's one of the more painful oral issues that Dr. Hitesh Shroff of Dr. Shroff Plantation Dentist in Plantation, FL, resolves with professionalism and ease.

When to Get Root Canals in Plantation, FL

Many things may indicate a person should consider getting a root canal done. If you're experiencing some of these symptoms, there could be another issue at play. Dr. Hitesh Shroff will be able to determine through the course of an examination if the symptoms you're experiencing have a different underlying cause and, therefore, may not need a root canal. People who need root canals experience one or more symptoms, with the common thread that the pain is more severe than average.

  • Extreme sensitivity to hot or cold food (like a sharp stabbing pain at first and then a hard, dull ache that doesn't go away quickly)
  • Swelling of the gum around the tooth
  • Tenderness in the jaw or inner mouth or gum around the tooth in question
  • Worse bad breath than normal
  • Drooling puss instead of clear liquid
  • Extreme difficulty chewing food due to severe pain
  • Pain when biting down on something hard
  • Pain near the tooth that wakes you out of a dead sleep in the middle of the night
  • Pain so severe it's like having a "migraine in your mouth"

Each person will experience different pain levels, swelling, or other symptoms, but generally, the symptoms described above will be distinct from their normal pain levels or oral habits.

What Happens During a Root Canal Procedure?

Before the process begins, the dentist will have already identified which tooth or teeth needs treatment. The process starts with a numbing gel on the gum, followed by numbing injections. During this time, a person may be under light sedation through one or more methods if they have extreme dental fears or anxiety surrounding the procedure.

The numbing is followed by an examination and diagnosis to identify where the tooth's infection is located and how deep it has spread. A small probe may be used to confirm this information before more invasive procedures are performed. This stage is where most of the drilling takes place. All infected tissue must be removed using special devices designed for this purpose until only healthy tissue remains. Finally, a filling material will be applied to seal off any remaining holes after removing the infection. A crown may be placed on top of the newly treated tooth, but not always.

Once this procedure is done and the numbing wears off, a person only experiences a fraction of the soreness from the procedure compared to the pain they were previously experiencing. The soreness from the process goes away in a few days or up to a week. Once it does, a person is back to normal and feeling 100% better.

To get help with root canals in Plantation, FL, contact Dr. Hitesh Shroff and his talented team at Dr. Shroff Plantation Dentist in Plantation, FL, at 954-423-3969 for an appointment today!

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