Root Canal Therapy

What is a root canal?root canal

Root canal therapy is a treatment used to save a tooth when the tissue, blood vessels and nerves inside of a tooth have become inflamed.  This can be due to physical trauma to the tooth, cracked or fractured teeth, extensive caries, or failure of a previous root canal.

 

WHat is a root canal like?

In order to save the tooth and remove the pain, the dentist will need to remove infected and diseased tissue to help clean out the infected area. This is done with files of increasing size in order to clean and shape the entire canal.  The canal inside is then medicated to allow the surrounding area to heal.  Finally, the canal is sealed with a material called gutta percha to prevent any bacteria from entering into the tooth.

 

Reasons a root canal may be performed

  • Deep decay
  • Infections at the tip of the root or inside the tooth canal
  • Cracked, broken or injured teeth

 

Generally, but not always, a crown will need to be placed after the root canal treatment is complete in order to protect the tooth from any further damage. Sensitivity after the procedure is generally experienced by many patients and subside when the tooth has healed. When your treatment has been completed, your dentist will provide you with special instructions on how to care for your newly treated tooth.

Do I need a crown?

Typically a root canal is needed because a large portion of the tooth is diseased causing irritation of the pulp.  Once the canals are accessed and the infected portion of the tooth removed, there is less natural tooth structure remaining.  In addition the blood supply to the tooth is removed with the nerve, resulting in a more brittle tooth.  While bonding materials are strong, they cannot correct for missing such a large portion of the tooth.  A crown or onlay is recommended in most cases and will help protect the tooth from future damage.

I have been going to Dr. Fiorintini for over 30 years. He rebuilt my front teeth after a bike accident so close to my original teeth that I was able to continue pursuing my musical career. Both of my children have special needs, and the ENTIRE staff of Fiorintini Family Dentistry are welcoming, caring, patient, and most of all understanding. They go the extra mile to make my sons comfortable - even if it means taking more time to get their procedure completed. Simply the best, you will not find better.
Erin-Leigh Van Orden
Erin-Leigh Van Orden
2018-04-29T02:18:58+0000
I have been coming here my whole life and I can truly say all the staff and Doctors are amazing. This is the only place I will go for cleanings and dental work. Highly recommend.
Nicole Alexandra
Nicole Alexandra
2018-04-13T13:08:16+0000
Great staff always thinking about the patient first. Extremely helpful with any questions. I just finished up my Invisalign with Dr.Mario and couldn’t be happier.
Mike Cia
Mike Cia
2018-03-20T15:17:03+0000
I cannot begin to express how sensitive my teeth and gums were and how much I hated dreaded going to the dentist even though my past dentists and hygienists were always very nice. The change to try Dr. Mario is one of the best things I ever did! I never ever feel pain during my cleanings anymore at all and I had root canal’s done , crowns etc. without any discomfort. I also had emergency situations where they squeezed me right in. Also everyone in their office is wonderful in every way ... not just professionally pleasant - genuinely nice cool enjoyable to see !! Combine that with the ease I feel in such safety in their care and Both drs Mario are up-to-date and state of the art in every way as well. Win win win. Thank you fiorentini dental family !!
Alison Ruby Foley
Alison Ruby Foley
2017-10-27T14:35:04+0000
The Doctor's Fiorentini are the most professional, patient, and caring dentist's I have ever been to. They treat their patients with kindness and are very knowledgeable, and are the best at what they do. They have two state of the art offices and I will never go to another dentist. I would highly recommend them to anyone in need of a dentist!!
Cheryl Shaw
Cheryl Shaw
2017-01-31T00:20:33+0000
Dr Mario was wonderfully patient with my extremely apprehensive daughter, providing excellent care, and compassion for her fear. He took the time to ensure she had a positive and pain free experience. Highly recommend.
Robin Kimball Alfonso
Robin Kimball Alfonso
2017-01-24T19:21:35+0000
Love them! Great for the "less than enthusiastic " patients like me.
Krista Ledford Gigliotti
Krista Ledford Gigliotti
2016-11-21T23:54:00+0000
DR MARIO IS MY SAVIOR. I MET HIM AT A HEALTH FAIR AND FROM THE START I KNEW I COULD BELIEVE AND TRUST IN HIM. I AM SO GLAD TO HAVE MET AND HAVE HIM AS MY DENTIST. I HAVE NEW TEETH AND DR MARIO AND HIS DAD AND THE ENTIRE STAFF WERE SO GOOD AND HELPFUL. I ENJOYED VISITNG IMAGINE LIKING TO GO TO THE DENTIST. THANK YOU FOR THE GREAT JOB I HAD DONE AND COMPLETED SO PROFESSIONALY. YOU ARE THE BEST.
Joann Marino
Joann Marino
2016-10-13T09:58:19+0000
Dr Fiorentini is so caring and an excellent dentist. He has been there for me every time I have had a problem and I so appreciate that. The personnel are also friendly and professional and keep a well run office.
Alice O'Connor Donahoe
Alice O'Connor Donahoe
2016-04-25T18:43:33+0000
Best dentists ever! Always helpful! Very accommodating! I always leave with a smile!
Regina Smoler
Regina Smoler
2016-03-06T12:23:14+0000
Excellent Doctors, fabulous staff...always ready to listen to and address every concern.
Diane Petroski
Diane Petroski
2016-01-07T22:50:46+0000
Love our family dentist! Been going here over 20 years! Go to Highland Park and today had pleasure of visiting their new Monroe office! Great office, great personnel and as always.... Great service!
Toni Careccia Lorenc
Toni Careccia Lorenc
2015-12-30T20:21:42+0000
I've been seeing Dr. Fiorentini for almost 20 years! Now his son, Dr. Mario, is on board too. Awesome family with a wonderful, friendly crew. I'm so happy they now have an office in Monroe 😀
Toni Kerschner McGovern
Toni Kerschner McGovern
2015-10-08T18:11:09+0000