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Cosmetic and General Dentistry serving Fort Lauderdale and Lauderdale by the Sea
Severe tooth pain or a swollen jaw is a sign that you need to seek dental treatment immediately. Nancy Rotroff, DDS, MAGD, and Gerard Wasselle, DMD, providing Excellence in Dentistry in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, save time in their schedule for dental emergencies, such as root canals. If they determine you need a root canal, you are in safe hands. Call the office to book an appointment today if you have intense tooth pain or swelling in your jaw.
Root Canals Q & A
What is a root canal?
During a root canal, Dr. Rotroff and Dr. Wasselle 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, our doctors 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
Dr. Rotroff or Dr. Wasselle will perform several tests on the affected tooth or teeth to determine if a root canal is needed. For example, your doctor will take an x-ray of the tooth to determine if the tooth infected or possibly cracked. Your doctor may also place a tool on your tooth to check for sensitivity to hot or 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, Dr. Rotroff and Dr. Wasselle apply an antibacterial medication to the space to ensure the tooth is now clean.
Then our doctors 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.
Dr. Rotroff and Dr. Wasselle 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 your root canal in office, saving you time and money.
If you need a root canal, call the office to book an appointment today.
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