Root Canal in Jupiter, FL
Left untreated, severe tooth decay can lead to tooth loss. At Smiles Dentistry in Jupiter, Florida, led by Sharada Kacham, DDS, residents of West Palm Beach and the surrounding communities in Palm Beach County who have advanced tooth decay can obtain a root canal.
What are Root Canals?
Root canals are dental procedures that help control tooth decay and prevent infection from spreading to surrounding teeth and soft tissues. The procedure involves removing the nerve and pulp of the tooth, as well as any decay. Because the procedure leaves your tooth vulnerable to bacteria and food particles, Dr. Kacham will apply a special material to seal the tooth afterwards.
Root Canal Benefits and Treatment Options
Root canals ae beneficial for treating tooth decay because the procedure helps with symptoms caused by it such as:
- Tooth sensitivity and pain
- Discoloration of the tooth caused by decay
Why is a Root Canal Necessary?
The goal of a root canal is to prevent advanced oral health problems that can result from tooth decay, such as:
- Bone loss
- Tooth loss
What is the Procedure for a Root Canal?
Due to the extent of the procedure, Dr. Kacham will use a local anesthesia to numb the area around the tooth. A dental drill is used to create a canal to the decayed pulp of the tooth. Dr. Kacham then removes the pulp, blood vessels, nerves, and dentin. Next, she cleans the tooth and applies a sealant.
Preparing for a Root Canal
When Dr. Kacham recommends a root canal as part of your dental examination, she will explain why the procedure is recommended, as well as the benefits to your personal oral health. Many people feel anxious about having a root canal, but the procedure is very straightforward and has a positive impact on your oral health. It is also the most affordable option for severe tooth decay compared to having crowns, implants and fillings in the affected tooth or the surrounding teeth.
Recovery from a Root Canal
We recommend that you stay home for at least a day or so after your root canal. Your mouth will be numb for a few hours, so you should be very careful when you eat. Any sharp tooth pain that you had before the root canal will be alleviated, but your mouth may nonetheless feel sore and tender. Mild to moderate discomfort can be treated with non-prescription medications. If you have a more extensive root canal or experience extreme discomfort, Dr. Kacham may prescribe medication to help you feel comfortable.
How Much Does a Root Canal Cost in Jupiter?
Root canals are covered by most dental insurance plans, but you will be responsible for a portion of the cost. Smiles Dentistry offers several payment options for our patients, including cash, personal check, and credit card as well as dental financing through CareCredit®. After your consultation, we will provide a detailed breakdown of the cost that includes your dental coverage and out-of-pocket expenses.
Is a Root Canal Right for Me?
Root canals are recommended for patients with advanced tooth decay and associated symptoms, such as:
- Generalized tooth pain
- Sensitivity to heat and cold
- Sharp tooth pain when chewing
- Darkening of a tooth caused by decay
Leaving tooth decay untreated will lead to more advanced oral health problems that are costly financially and could lead to tooth loss. In Palm Beach County, including Jupiter and West Palm Beach, Smiles Dentistry offers root canals for children, adolescents, and adults. To find out if you need a root canal, contact us to schedule a consultation with Sharada Kacham, DDS.