Root Canals

Are you suffering from sensitive teeth or sporadic pulsing pain on any of your teeth? More often than not these are caused by the dental pulp, which is the soft connective tissue inside a tooth that contains blood vessels and nerves. In many cases where an infection is present the pain can be unbearable and a root canal or “endodontic procedure” is often required.

Endodontics is a specialty within the field of dentistry that focuses on diagnosing, treating, and preventing issues that involve the dental pulp. Inside each tooth, there is a chamber that is filled with pulp. This pulp is made up of a combination of blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue.

Endodontists diagnose and treat issues that arise with the dental pulp. For instance, if the pulp of a tooth gets infected, an endodontist may perform a procedure known as a root canal to remove the infected pulp, thus saving the tooth. With a root canal, any damaged or infected pulp is removed from the tooth. Then, the root canal is shaped, cleaned, and disinfected, after which it is filled with a special filling material. The tooth itself is then sealed and is usually capped with a crown.

Endodontists also perform peraradicular surgery. Surgeries like these involve the surface of the root. Examples include removing the end of a root, removing the entire root, repairing an injured root, checking for root fractures, or removing broken tooth fragments.

Here at Pembroke Pines Dental we can evaluate and diagnose your dental pain, and determine if we can address the problem in the office or refer you to the appropriate endodontic specialist.