Root Canal Dentist Royal Palm Beach
What is a root canal?
Why Choose Dentist Dr. Ghodsi For Your Root Canal Treatment?
Dr. Ghodsi has the experience and credentials you should look for when considering a dentist for root canal treatment.
Dr. Shayan Ghodsi offers his patients expert up-to-date knowledge and years of experience in the dental field, paying great attention to fine details when it comes to your individualized dental treatment. You will feel confident in being treated in a state-of-the-art dental facility. Dr. Ghodsi has a warm smile and gentle nature that will make your dental treatment a relaxing and comfortable experience.
Dr. Ghodsi received his Bachelor’s degree from Pace University in New York and earned his DMD at TUFTS University in Boston, Massachusetts in 2001. In addition, he has earned many continuing education credits in his fields of interest.
Dr. Shayan Ghodsi DMD
Royal Palm Beach Root Canal Dentist
Why do I need a root canal?
Sometimes teeth are so deeply damaged by deep caries or fillings that they become painful. At this point, your options are either extract the tooth or try to save the tooth with root canal therapy. Root canal treatment allows you to keep the tooth for a longer period of time rather than extracting it, as long as it does not become infected and your body does not reject it, it will remain in place and function like any other tooth.
I do not have any pain, do I still need a root canal?
Yes. Quite often you can have a chronic infection with no discomfort. They are like ticking bombs that will eventually develop catastrophic results with intense pain. Since patients cannot see inside their jaws, they have a tendency to ignore the problem. If you had a visible and painless infection in one of your toes, would you ignore it?
Example illustration of a root canal treatment procedure.
What happens after the canals are cleaned and the root canal is completed?
The goal is to stop leakage into the tooth. This is why every root canal has to be sealed with a filling, within two weeks of completion. Certain teeth will require a crown as well. The temporary filling is only meant to seal the tooth for up to two weeks. It will leak after two weeks even if it remains in place! Some patients do not return until the temp filling has fallen out after a whole year. These teeth will have a much higher failure rate.
How painful is root canal treatment?
If you are 100% numb you won’t experience any discomfort during the procedure. So why do people hear negative stories about root canals? That’s because they were not 100% numb. When you have a severely inflamed tooth, a local anesthetic will not be able to fully numb the tooth. This is why dentists remind patients to take care of their root canals before they develop pain. Unfortunately, many patients postpone their treatment. These individuals are generally the ones that end up with a negative experience.
In addition, some individuals are difficult to numb no matter what procedure they need. These types of patients will have difficulty regardless of the treatment needed. However, there are certain injection techniques that help the majority of these patients. If you have had difficulty getting numb, inform your dentist.
Illustration shows example of root canal structure in model teeth.
I already had a root canal, why would my existing root canal fail?
There are multiple reasons why root canals fail, but what they all have in common is the presence of bacteria which ultimately results in failure. Usually retreating the tooth will solve the problem; however, the success rate is typically lower than a first-time root canal. Common reasons for a root canal failure are:
Leakage is the most common reason why root canals fail. No matter how well a root canal is treated, some bacteria will always remain within the canals. Over time the restorations will leak and supply the bacteria with much-needed nutrients. Eventually, they will work their way toward the tip of the root and cause inflammation and eventually infection. This is when we consider the root canal to be failing. Therefore, having crowns with good margins is crucial in order to minimize/stop the leakage for as long as possible.
Complex Root Anatomy
As explained in the previous paragraph, one can never clean the canals 100%. That being said, one should try to clean and remove all possible pulp tissue as effectively as possible. Any remaining tissue will serve as a food source for those remaining bacteria. If your tooth has a more complex anatomy, the instruments will not be able to reach many areas. As a result, the tooth will have a higher chance of failure. However, It is still worth saving the tooth rather than removing it.
Cracks and Fracture Lines
Sometimes root canals will fail due to invisible fracture lines. These may not be visible to the naked eye but they resemble a three-lane highway for oral bacteria. The failure rate is guaranteed and it occurs rapidly depending on the extent of the fracture line. Extraction is the only option as the tooth cannot be predictably treated.
Full Obturation of Root Canal Systems On Teeth X-Ray
“Best dentist ever! I’ll be honest I hate dentists, who doesn’t?? I’ve been going here for 2 years now. They are gentle and work fast! They been trying to get me to do a root canal for over a year now. I didn’t want to because I had no pain and didn’t want to deal with the pain and discomfort of a root canal. Well finally the tooth started bothering me and I caved in on the root canal. Let me tell you this is not my first root canal, but was my best experience of a root canal. I had no pain during it and after the procedure! I couldn’t believe it. So happy with all the work this dentist has done for me! Super fair on pricing also. If your looking for a dentist to trust and will do the job right, this is the place for you.”Danny L – Read more reviews