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Root Canal Treatment, the Perfect Remedy to save an Infected Tooth

Not Your Parents’ Root Canal

A common myth about root canal procedures is that they are painful. A few decades ago, this may have been true, but with modern instruments and anesthesia, today’s root canals are pain-free, and most patients do not feel discomfort during the procedure. In fact, root canals remove the source of pain, relieving our Fort Lauderdale, Florida patients from agony. 

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Root canal therapy is a very common procedure. It has a reputation of being undesirable and painful. But when done properly it is actually painless. Every tooth in your mouth is composed of a crown and a root. When a cavity or bacteria penetrates the tooth, the root and its nerves become irritated. As a result, the bacteria within the pulp cavity needs to be removed and cleaned in order to restore the tooth to its healthy state. Following the procedure, the tooth is fragile and consequently is restored with the natural crown for a lifetime of durability. Root canals have a success rate of 95% or greater. Most root canal are diagnosed by patients’ sensitivities to a specific tooth. Be sure to consult your dentist any symptoms or discomfort occur.

There may be mild discomfort following the surgery, as is common with most surgeries. Pain medication can help relieve any aches, which usually subsides within a week. 

At Raynald Michel DDS, we understand the anxiety many patients have about root canals, and we do everything possible to make the experience as comfortable and stress-free as we can. 

What Is a Root Canal Treatment?

A root canal is an endodontic procedure that takes out the infected dental pulp from the tooth’s root canals and then filled to prevent further decay. A dental crown or bridge is bonded to the tooth to help protect it. Dr. Michel may recommend a root canal if the tooth has severe decay or infection, and the patient is in danger of losing it. It is essential to try to save and preserve your existing teeth before moving on to tooth extractions. 

During the root canal procedure, Dr. Michel uses modern rotary endodontic tools to remove infected tissue from the root of the tooth. The canals are thoroughly cleaned and then sealed to ensure removal of all infection. 

Root canals are crucial in preserving your oral and general health. It is essential to undergo this procedure instead of avoiding it out of fear or anxiety. Not only will the root canal get rid of any infection, but it will also prevent future dental problems and stop any pain you may feel. An infected root canal will not heal itself or go away, and can only get worse if left untreated. 

Your Comfort Is Our Priority

Our dental staff understands your concerns and anxiety regarding specific dental procedures. We handle each patient with compassion and go over each step of the process to help answer any questions or concerns. It’s essential to remove any decay or infection as quickly and as pain-free as possible. Dr. Michel is highly skilled in performing gentle and stress-free root canal treatments for our Fort Lauderdale, Florida patients. 

End Your Pain Today at our Fort Lauderdale Dental Office

You don’t need to live with pain. If you are in pain, please contact our Fort Lauderdale, FL dental office so we can help. We can accommodate emergency patients to provide you with the relief you seek. Call our dental office any time you need; we are here for you!


What is a root canal?

A “root canal” often refers to the treatment called root canal therapy, which is used to save an infected or damaged tooth. During the treatment, we will remove the infected or damaged pulp, and the inside of the tooth will be cleaned, disinfected, and sealed to prevent further infection.

When would I need a root canal?

You may require root canal treatment if you have a severe cavity, bad tooth decay, a badly cracked or fractured tooth, or an infection within the pulp of a tooth. Signs that you may need root canal treatment include severe tooth pain, sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, swelling, or a pimple-like bump on the gums.

Will a root canal be painful?

You may be surprised to learn that modern root canal procedures are actually not usually painful. We will administer local anesthesia to numb the affected area so that you remain comfortable throughout the treatment. You may experience some mild discomfort or soreness after the procedure, but this can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain medications.

Is a root canal better than a tooth extraction?

Whenever possible, saving a natural tooth with a root canal treatment is preferable to extracting it. Root canal treatment allows you to preserve your natural smile, maintain normal chewing function, and prevent adjacent teeth from shifting out of place. Only when the tooth is severely damaged and other options such as a root canal have been exhausted will extraction be considered.

Can I avoid a root canal?

Practicing good oral hygiene habits, such as brushing twice daily, flossing every day, and having regular dental check-ups, can help keep your teeth healthy and reduce the risk of needing a root canal. Beyond this, early detection and treatment of dental problems at regular dental appointments can help prevent the need for a root canal. However, once a tooth is severely damaged or infected, a root canal may be your best option.

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