We understand your concern when you hear the words “ROOT CANAL” and you may have been told by your dentist that you needed this. It has been reported most people find the procedure itself no more uncomfortable than having a filling placed. There is usually more discomfort experienced in the period leading up to the treatment.
Teeth can be saved with a root canal. It is one of the most common dental procedures performed, well over 14 million every year. Endodontics (root canal therapy) is a procedure that enables patients to keep their natural teeth that would otherwise need to be extracted.
WHY SHOULD I HAVE A ROOT CANAL RATHER THAN EXTRACTION?
Many people prefer to have a tooth extracted due to the cost or just the simplicity of having that “bothersome” tooth removed. An extraction might not be the easiest or least expensive treatment choice in the long run.
When a tooth is missing its neighboring teeth will tend to shift. This can have a major impact on your dental health. The teeth that have shifted can be more likely to have dental problems themselves.
To avoid these problems, your dentist will probably recommend that you have the extracted tooth replaced with either a bridge, removable partial, or implant which can easily cost as much and usually more than root canal therapy.
ARE THERE OTHER OPTIONS?
A tooth that is badly decayed or infected can only be saved with root canal therapy. It is always best to go-ahead to have the treatment performed sooner rather than later. A consultation appointment with a dentist to determine cost and timing of this treatment should be considered as soon as possible. It can often be completed in one visit.
As with all your procedures at Florida Dental Centers, a written estimate would be given to you by the doctor as his diagnosis.
Florida Dental Centers offers the services of Dr. Julio Cubenas DDS, an Endodontic specialist.
Dr. Cubenas attended St. Josheph’s Seminary College in Louisana for his undergraduate studies. He received his BA degree in philosophy, with a double minor in psychology and religion. He later attended dental school at the Universidad Central del Este in the Dominican Republic. After working as a general dentist for 10 years, he went back to school to Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston where he specialized in Endodontics.
Dr. Cubenas is a member of the Florida Dental Association, American Dental Association, West Coast Dental Association and the American Association of Endodontists.
Dr. Cubenas was born in Cuba and arrived in the US in 1962. he grew up in South Florida and has lived in Florida most of his life, except for when he went away to school. He moved to the Tampa Bay area about 4 years ago.
In his spare time he enjoys reading, music, computers, and his dog.