Restorative Dentistry

Root Canal Treatment in Kendal, FL

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Relieve Pain and Save Your Tooth with Expert Root Canal Treatment at TrueSmiles in Kendall, FL

At TrueSmiles, we understand that the thought of a root canal may be intimidating, but our skilled dentist, Dr. Maribel Lopez, is committed to providing gentle and effective root canal treatments in Kendall, FL. If you're experiencing tooth pain or have been diagnosed with a dental infection, a root canal may be the solution to alleviate discomfort and preserve your natural tooth.

When is a Root Canal Needed?

A root canal is typically recommended when the pulp, the innermost part of a tooth containing nerves and blood vessels, becomes infected or inflamed. This can occur due to deep decay, a cracked or chipped tooth, or trauma to the tooth.

Signs that you may need a root canal include
  • Severe toothache, especially when chewing or applying pressure
  • Prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
  • Swelling and tenderness in the gums
  • Darkening or discoloration of the tooth
  • Pimple on the gums (abscess)
The Root Canal Treatment Process

Dr. Maribel Lopez will conduct a thorough examination, which may include X-rays, to assess the condition of the affected tooth and determine if a root canal is necessary.

Before starting the procedure, the area around the affected tooth is numbed with local anesthesia to ensure your comfort throughout the treatment.

Dr. Maribel Lopez creates a small access opening in the tooth to reach the infected or inflamed pulp.

The infected or inflamed pulp is carefully removed, and the root canals are cleaned and shaped to prepare for filling.

The cleaned root canals are filled with a biocompatible material called gutta-percha to seal the space and prevent future infections.

In many cases, a tooth that undergoes a root canal will need a dental crown to restore its strength and protect it from further damage.

Benefits of Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment effectively eliminates the source of tooth pain and discomfort.

By removing the infected or damaged pulp and sealing the tooth, a root canal allows you to keep your natural tooth, preventing the need for extraction.

Root canal treatment prevents the spread of infection to surrounding tissues and helps maintain overall oral health.

With a dental crown, the treated tooth can regain its function, allowing you to chew and bite comfortably.

A dental crown can also improve the appearance of the treated tooth, enhancing your overall smile.

Post-Treatment Care

After a root canal, you may experience some mild discomfort, but this can typically be managed with over-the-counter pain medication. Dr. Maribel Lopez will provide specific post-treatment care instructions to ensure a smooth recovery.

If you're experiencing tooth pain or suspect you may need a root canal, schedule a consultation with TrueSmiles in Kendall, FL, today. Our caring and experienced team is dedicated to providing you with effective and comfortable root canal treatments. Call us or conveniently book your appointment online – let's alleviate your pain and preserve your smile!


What should I expect after a root canal therapy procedure?

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After root canal therapy, it's normal to experience some tenderness or discomfort in the area for a few days, which can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. It's important to avoid chewing on the affected side until the final restoration is complete. Our dentist will provide specific aftercare instructions, and it's crucial to follow them for a smooth recovery.

How can I ensure the success of my root canal treatment?

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To ensure the success of your root canal treatment, maintain good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly. Avoid biting on hard foods with the treated tooth until it's fully restored. Attend all follow-up appointments with our dentist to monitor the healing process and complete any necessary restorative work.

Will I need a crown after my root canal therapy?

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In many cases, a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy will need a crown to protect and restore it to full function. The crown provides strength and prevents the treated tooth from breaking. Our dentist will evaluate your tooth's condition and discuss the best restorative options with you.

Is root canal therapy always successful?

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While root canal therapy is highly successful, no medical procedure is 100% successful. Occasionally, a tooth may not heal as expected or might become re-infected over time. If problems occur, retreatment or other procedures like apicoectomy might be necessary. Our dentist will inform you of the risks and success rates specific to your situation.

How long will the tooth last after root canal therapy?

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With proper care and maintenance, a tooth treated with root canal therapy can last a lifetime. However, it's important to continue regular dental check-ups and cleanings, as well as maintain good oral hygiene to ensure the longevity of the treatment and overall oral health

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