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Dr. Karen Zargar, DMD

Dr. Karen Zargar, DMD is  available in Boca Raton and specializes in Endodontics, Root Canal Treatment, Root Canal Emergencies, and Apicoectomy.  She uses the latest Technology, including CT Scan technology to ensure accuracy for optimal treatment and diagnosis.  Dr. Zargar received her DMD degree from NSU and has an advanced degree from New York University in Endodontics.  She also has ResidencyTraining at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York.  She is dedicated to providing gentle, skilled care to her patients.

Endodontics, Root Canals, and Apicoectomies deal with tissues and structures located inside the tooth.  One of the most common endodontic treatments is root canal therapy, a procedure which effectively eases the pain associated with a bacterial infection deep within the pulp of the tooth.  Of course, root canal treatment doesn't just relieve pain - it also stops the infection by removing dead and dying tissue from the tooth's pulp.  Plus, it can help to save the tooth, which can abcess and need removal if left untreated.  This can all be done in our modern Boca Raton Dental and Specialty office.

Our Boca Raton office can also treat Root canal pain, dental abcesses, dental trauma, can perform microsurgery on the tips of the tooth's roots, and even help figure out what's going on when tooth pain seems to come and go intermittently, or when the pain isn't localized at one tooth.  So when it comes to preserving your natural teeth, our skilled Boca Raton Endodontist  can help.

The Inside Storyendodontics x ray

What's inside your teeth?  Behind the tough, shiny enamel of the tooth's visible crown lies the sturdy inner tissue called dentin.  Dentin is also found behind the cementum that forms the outer layer of the tooth's roots — in fact, it makes up the bulk of the tooth's structure.  Similar in many ways to bone tissue, dentin is composed of many tiny tubules which can transmit sensations to nerve cells when it is stimulated.

At the core of the tooth, inside small, branching chambers called the root canals, we find the soft pulp tissue.  This consists of nerves, connective tissues and blood vessels which extend into the center of the tooth and exit through canals near the apex (tip) of the tooth's roots.  When problems (such as infection and inflammation) develop in the pulp tissue, your first indication of trouble may be tooth sensitivity — or intense pain.  In time, as the nerves die, the pain may go away… but the problem won't.  In fact, if left untreated, the end result may be tooth loss.

The “Root” of the Problem

Root canal treatment.What could cause the pulp tissue to become diseased and lead to root canal problems?  One potential source of infection is tooth decay, or cavity which can allow bacteria from the tooth's surface to work its way deep inside.   A crack or fracture in a tooth could offer another pathway for microorganisms to infect the pulp.

Dental trauma may also damage dentin or pulp, or expose it to infection.  Leakage from old fillings or restorations may cause trouble.  Additionally, infection can even cause further treatment such as Apicoectomy, or even extraction and dental implants to be needed.

Endodontic Treatment

The old gag line “I'd rather have a root canal” may still get a laugh — but root canal problems are no joke.  It's important to remember that root canal treatment doesn't cause pain; it relieves pain.  A typical root canal procedure is performed with local anesthetics, and doesn't cause any more discomfort than having a filling.  Here's what to expect:

First, you will receive anesthesia (usually a numbing shot) — and for many patients, the worst is now over.  Next, a small opening is made in the tooth surface to give access to the pulp chamber and root canals.  Then, tiny instruments are used — often with the aid of a microscope — to remove dead and dying tissue from inside the narrow passages.  These passages are then cleaned, disinfected, and filled with a safe, inert material.  Finally, the opening in the tooth is sealed to prevent contamination.

Other endodontic treatments may be recommended for removing sources of infection and preventing future problems.  Following an endodontic procedure, it may be necessary to have a restoration (such as a crown) placed on the tooth to restore it to full function and aesthetic appearance.  After that, with proper care the restored tooth should last for many years.

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