Posted on March 3, 2015

One of the many types of patients coming in seeking dental attention, are those who complain of extreme pain or sensitivity due to their need for a Root Canal.

But what exactly is a Root Canal?

Root Canals are necessary when the tooth is decaying, and there is risk of permanent damage to the tooth’s pulp (or has already damaged it). The infected tooth needs to be treated before the infection spreads to the bloodstream, and before causing severe pain to the patient.

How do I know if I need a root canal?

Dr. Taskonak will evaluate the area and examine you after one of our assistants has taken a dental x-ray to confirm if you need a root canal before recommending any course of treatment. Symptoms vary from case to case, but may include:

  • A sensitivity to food and beverages that are either very hot, or very cold. This may be harder to notice if you have always had sensitive teeth.
  • Pressure, and even sharp pain, in the tooth and jaw area. At times, this can extend to the neck and ears.
  • Gums that feel swollen, and may appear infected.
  • A single tooth becoming sensitive to touch or pressure.
  • Dull, constant pain in one area of the jaw.

How does Dr. Taskonak treat root canals?

During a root canal procedure, you will first be injected with a local anesthetic to prevent discomfort. Your teeth, gums, skin, and sometimes even the tongue in the affected area will be numbed. Nitrous oxide (or “laughing gas”) can also be used for relaxation. Once the anesthesia has a chance to begin working, Dr. Taskonak begins the root canal treatment. Using a dental drill, the pulp of the tooth is removed. A filling, and antibacterial medication, are added to the inside part of the tooth. Often, a crown is needed to cap the tooth to prevent the tooth form breaking.



Dr. Burak Taskonak and his staff are proud to offer dental services to residents of Fort Lauderdale and surrounding areas.


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