Severe tooth pain or a swollen jaw is a sign that you need to seek dental treatment immediately. Dr. Nancy Rotroff, DDS, MAGD in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, saves time in her schedule for dental emergencies. If she determines you need a root canal, you are in safe hands. Call her office or book an appointment online right away if you have intense tooth pain or swelling in your jaw.
During a root canal. Dr. Rotroff removes 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, she cleans the area thoroughly, seals the tooth, and makes an impression so that a crown can be manufactured to replace the missing part of that tooth.
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 performs several tests on the affected tooth or teeth to determine if a root canal is the answer. For example, she takes an X-ray of the tooth. She may also place a tool on your tooth that causes hot and cold temperatures.
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 applies an antibacterial medication to the space to ensure the tooth is now clean. Then she seals the tooth, takes an impression for your permanent crown, and puts on a temporary crown for the interim period.
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 uses 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.
Dr. Rotroff can complete the initial step for molar root canals in only one visit, saving you time and money.