Miami and Coral Gables, Florida

We all know the name, but what, exactly, is a root canal?

A root canal is treatment designed to clean out the inside of a tooth that has been infected by bacteria. It is essentially a deep filling that removes infection, and diseased tissue from inside of the tooth.

How do I know if I need a root canal?

While a consultation with your Miami dentist is the only way to know for certain whether you need a root canal, your problem tooth may present telltale symptoms that indicate this endodontic procedure is in your near future.

Symptoms that you may need a root canal include:

  • Pain with hot or cold foods/beverages
  • Severe, throbbing pain in the tooth
  • Broken or fractured tooth that exposes the tooth’s nerve
  • Tooth that appears gray in color, indicating the nerve is dead
  • An abscess appears on the gum area near the infected tooth

Pain is the most common symptom of an infected tooth, although sometimes pain is not present in a tooth that needs a root canal. For instance, if you bump a tooth and it turns a gray color, that could be an indicator that the tooth’s nerve is dead, and root canal would be needed to remove the dead tissue, and then fill the canals with a filling to strengthen the tooth and prevent bacteria from entering.

Root Canal – What to Expect

A root canal can seem like a frightful experience, but most of the time understanding what is to take place can help ease any fear or anxiety that you may have. However, should you feel apprehensive about your upcoming root canal appointment, we offer sedation dentistry in Miami that can help you feel relaxed and calm the entire time.

Here is what you can expect during the procedure:

  • We first make sure that your mouth is numb so that you remain comfortable throughout the entire procedure.
  • Then, the dentist will drill down into the infected tooth.
  • The tooth is cleaned of bacteria and the infected nerve material. This includes drilling down into the passages, or canals, of the tooth roots to ensure that all infected tissue is removed.
  • Once the infected tissue is removed, the tooth is filled with a rubber-like filling material.
  • The final step involves placing a permanent crown over the tooth to add durability and strength. You and your Miami dentist may decide to complete this portion of the procedure in the same appointment, or you may return at a later date to begin your procedure for a dental crown.


At Miami Designer Smiles, we have several advanced tools that help us make your root canal experience quick, efficient, and easy. We have sophisticated monitoring that allows us to determine our location inside your tooth, so there’s no need to get X-rays during your root canal. We also use an ultrasonic tool that gently removes tooth material, removing only the amount necessary and leaving healthy tooth structure intact.

Root Canals in Miami

To learn more about root canals and how they can be used to maintain your dental health, please contact Miami Designer Smiles today or call (305) 595-4616 to schedule an appointment at our Miami office.