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Plantation, Florida, Root Canal Dentistry


Root Canal – From the Beginning

A root canal is a treatment that involves removing the nerve of a tooth that is badly decayed, cracked or infected.

At the center of a tooth is a hollow area that houses soft tissue, known as pulp or nerve. This hollow area contains a relatively wide space in the coronal portion of the tooth called the pulp chamber.

This chamber is connected to the tip of the root via narrow canal(s); hence, the term "root canal." Human teeth normally have one to four canals, with teeth toward the back of the mouth having more. These canals run through the center of the roots like pencil lead through the length of a pencil. The pulp receives nutrition through the blood vessels and nerves carry signals back to the brain to warn of adverse events and circumstances.

Plantation Root Canal Treatments

Root canal procedure: unhealthy or injured tooth, drilling and cleaning, filing with endofile, rubber filling and crown.

The Infection

In the situation that a tooth is considered so threatened (because of decay, cracking, etc.) and a future infection is considered likely or inevitable, a root canal treatment procedure is advisable to prevent such infection. If you wait too long, you will surely experience a large amount of discomfort due to swelling and inflammation below the tooth.

Plantation Root Canal Procedure

The Procedure

To cure the infection and save the tooth, the dentist drills into the pulp chamber and removes the infected pulp and then drills the nerve out of the root canal(s) with long needle-shaped drills. After this is done, the dentist fills each of the root canals and the chamber with an inert material and seals up the opening. This procedure is known as root canal therapy. With the removal of nerves and blood supply from the tooth, it is best that the tooth be fitted with a crown, which increases the prognosis of the tooth by six times.

A Happy Ending

Although the procedure is relatively painless when done properly, the root canal remains the stereotypically fearsome dental operation, and, in the United States, a common response to an unpleasant proposal is, "I'd rather have a root canal."

Here at Michael Gorfinkel, D.M.D., we perform numerous root canals treatments each month. With our experienced doctors, we will get your smile back on your face in no time.

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Michael S. Gorfinkel, D.M.D. Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
111 N. Pine Island Road, Suite 101
Plantation, FL 33324


Phone: 954-228-8052
Fax: 954-473-0660
Business Hours:

Nights and Saturdays available by appointment