Root Canals Specialist

Nancy Rotroff DDS MAGD and Gerard Wasselle DMD

Cosmetic, Restorative, General and Implant Dentistry located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Severe tooth pain or a swollen jaw is a sign that you need to seek dental treatment immediately. Our doctors in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, save time in our schedule for dental emergencies. If we determine you need a root canal, you are in safe hands. Call our office right away if you have intense tooth pain or swelling in your jaw.

Root Canals Q & A



What is a root canal?

During a root canal. Our doctors remove decay and infected material from the root or roots of the affected tooth (molars and premolars can have two or three roots).

After taking out the material, we clean the area thoroughly, seal the tooth, and make an impression so that a crown can be manufactured to replace the missing part of that tooth.

What are the symptoms that a root canal is needed?

If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, it’s important to seek treatment right away to avoid a significant infection such as an abscess.

  • Severe pain in a tooth

  • Sudden sensitivity to hot or cold which lasts a long time

  • A swollen jaw

  • A tooth that changes color

  • Swollen or red gums

Our doctors perform several tests on the affected tooth or teeth to determine if a root canal is the answer. For example, we take an X-ray of the tooth. We may also place a tool on your tooth that causes hot and cold temperatures.

What is a root canal procedure?

A root canal procedure involves removing infected pulp material from the roots of your tooth.

After removing all the tooth decay and infected material, our doctors apply an antibacterial medication to the space to ensure the tooth is now clean. Then we seal the tooth, take an impression for your permanent crown, and put on a temporary crown for the interim period.

How has new technology changed the root canal procedure?

If you feel afraid when you hear the word ‘root canal,’ you're not alone. However, thanks to new dental tools and technology, dentists no longer have to grind the decay out of the tooth with a manual filing tool.

Our doctors use an electric hand tool that cleans decay from your tooth more efficiently than manual devices. The new electronic tools have proven to be a significant advance in root canal procedures, and not just for the dentist, but also for you.

Our doctors can complete the initial step for molar root canals in only one visit, saving you time and money.