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By Dr. Vincent A Grosso, II
November 12, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures

Do you have a tooth problem causing you pain or discomfort? Dr. Vincent Grosso of Grosso Dental in Kissimmee, FL, is here to offer you the right treatment. The dentist will examine you comprehensively to determine whether a root canal treatment or extraction is right for you.

When Is Root Canal Treatment Recommended?

A root canal is recommended when the pulp is damaged by an infection due to decay, crack, chip in the tooth, or faulty crown. However, this procedure can only work if the infection is not established. 

When Is Tooth Extraction Recommended?

A dentist might recommend a tooth extraction when nothing can be done to save the tooth. For example, if a tooth has developed a large cavity that greatly compromises its structure, it can be impossible to repair it. In such a case, extraction is the only option. 

Which Of the Two Procedures Is Better?

Both root extraction and root canal treatment in Kissimmee, FL are effective in dealing with various problems affecting teeth. No method is better than the other. Your dentist will examine your condition accordingly to determine which of them is most suitable. They will also explain why they chose the procedure and answer any questions you might have.

Root Canal Procedure

When you go to the dentist for a root canal procedure, they start by numbing the tooth and the surrounding area. They then create a tiny opening into the affected tooth to expose the canal. They can use tools like a microscope to have a better view of the canal if need be. 

From there, the dentist removes the damaged tissue from the canal, then cleans and disinfects it. The canal is then filled with a biocompatible material, which protects it from infection. The tooth can also be filled with a crown or filling to restore its normal appearance and function. You may feel some discomfort after the procedure, but that shouldn’t worry you as it goes away after some time. 

Tooth Extraction Procedure

Just like in the tooth canal procedure, the dentist will first numb your teeth as the first step of tooth extraction. From there, they use some specialized equipment to loosen the tooth and pull it out. You might feel some pressure during the procedure and bleed lightly after. The dentist will give you a piece of gaze to bite for around 45 minutes after the procedure. You may also experience pain a few days after the procedure. The dentist will recommend some pain killer to relieve the pain until you are healed. 

Sometimes, determining whether a root canal treatment or extraction will solve your dental problems is not easy. However, you don’t have to worry; Dr.  Grosso of Grosso Dental in Kissimmee, FL, will help you know which procedure is most suitable after a thorough evaluation. Call (407) 350-5969 to book an appointment.

By Dr. Vincent A Grosso, II
July 11, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
HowAFVsAlfonsoRibeiroSavedHisTooth

Remembered fondly by fans as the wacky but loveable Carlton on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Alfonso Ribeiro is currently in his fifth year hosting America's Funniest Videos. It's the perfect gig for the 48-year-old actor, who loves to laugh and make others laugh as well. This is quite the opposite experience from one he had a few years ago that he remembers all too well: a severely decayed tooth.

After seeing his dentist for an intense toothache, Ribeiro learned he had advanced tooth decay and would need root canal treatment. Ribeiro wasn't thrilled by the news. Like many of us, he thought the procedure would be unpleasant. But he found afterward that not only was the root canal painless, his toothache had vanished.

More importantly, the root canal treatment saved his tooth, as it has for millions of others over the last century. If you're facing a situation similar to Alfonso Ribeiro's, here's a quick look at the procedure that could rescue your endangered tooth.

Getting ready. In preparation for root canal therapy, the tooth and surrounding gums are numbed, often first with a swab of local anesthesia to deaden the surface area in preparation for the injection of the main anesthesia below the surface. A dental dam is then placed to isolate the infected tooth from its neighbors to prevent cross-contamination.

Accessing the interior. To get to the infection, a small access hole is drilled. The location depends on the tooth: in larger back teeth, a hole is drilled through the biting surface, and in front teeth, a hole is drilled on the backside. This access allows us to insert special tools to accomplish the next steps in the procedure.

Cleaning, shaping and filling. Small tools are used to remove the diseased tissue from the interior tooth pulp and root canals. Then the empty spaces are disinfected. This, in effect, stops the infection. Next, the root canals inside the tooth are shaped to allow them to better accept a special filling called gutta percha. The access hole is then sealed to further protect the tooth from future infection, and a temporary crown is placed.

A new crown to boot. Within a couple weeks, we'll cap the tooth with a long-lasting lifelike crown (or a filling on certain teeth). This adds further protection for the tooth against infection, helps strengthen the tooth's structure, and restores the tooth's appearance.

Without this procedure, the chances of a tooth surviving this level of advanced decay are very slim. But undergoing a root canal, as Alfonso Ribeiro did, can give your tooth a real fighting chance.

If you would like more information about root canal treatments, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “A Step-By-Step Guide to Root Canal Treatment” and “Root Canal Treatment: How Long Will It Last?

By Dr. Vincent A Grosso, II
February 24, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: root canal  

How a root canal from your dentist in Kissimmee, Florida can save your smile

If you suffer from chronic tooth pain that never goes away, root canal treatment could be the answer to your problems. Available from Dr. Vincent A. Grosso II in Kissimmee, FL, read on to learn how root canal therapy can relieve your tooth pain and keep your smile intact.

More about Root Canal Treatment

So, how do you know if you need a root canal? Truthfully, only your dentist can tell for sure if this treatment is the best option for you. This is why it’s so important to visit your dentist at the first sign of dental pain. You may need a root canal if you are experiencing:

  • Tooth pain that continues even after dental treatment
  • Tooth pain increases when you consume foods and beverages that are hot, cold, or sugary
  • Sharp, stabbing pain when you bite down
  • Pain that radiates to other areas of your jaws, face, or head
  • A red or white bump appearing on your gums next to a tooth root
  • Blood or pus draining from the bump o your gums
  • A tooth becoming darker or grayer compared to the teeth next to it

If you are experiencing any of these signs or symptoms, you should seek out Dr. Grosso as soon as you can. During a consultation, he will take x-rays and perform an examination of the tooth to determine if a root canal is necessary.

If you do need a root canal, the treatment is simple. It begins with the administration of a local anesthetic to ensure a discomfort-free procedure. Next, Dr. Grosso removes the diseased tissue inside your tooth through a small opening at the top, before temporarily replacing it with a sedative material. This sedative material dries up the fluid inside your tooth, eliminating inflammation, pressure, and pain.

When your painful symptoms are gone, the sedative material is removed and replaced with an inert material, which is left inside your tooth. The opening is then sealed up with a permanent filling and your root canal is complete!

Concerned? Give Us a Call

If you have tooth pain, root canal therapy could be the answer to saving your smile. To learn more about the benefits of root canal therapy, call Dr. Vincent A. Grosso II in Kissimmee, FL, today by dialing (407) 350-5969.

By Dr. Vincent A Grosso, II
May 01, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

How root canal treatment from your dentist in Kissimmee, FL, can help your smile

If you have been told you need a root canal, you may be fearing the worst. The truth is, root canal treatment is nothing to fear. Modern root root canalcanal therapy is easier than you think, and it’s the perfect solution to remove tooth pain, and avoid tooth extraction. Dr. Vincent Grosso II in Kissimmee, FL, offers root canal therapy to help your smile.

Your tooth can hurt for a variety of reasons including tooth decay, infection, trauma, periodontal disease, and other causes. So, how do you know if you really need a root canal? There are some signs and symptoms which may indicate a root canal can help you. Let your dentist know if you experience:

  • Increasing pain when you eat or drink hot or cold foods or beverages
  • Increasing pain when you bite down or chew your food
  • A red or white bump appearing on your gums next to a tooth root
  • Drainage including blood or pus coming from the bump on your gums
  • A tooth becoming noticeably darker or grayer than the teeth next to it

If you do need a root canal, don’t worry! Dr. Grosso begins by creating a small opening in the top of your tooth. Using ultra-thin instruments, he will draw out the infected and inflamed tissue through the opening. A temporary sedative filling is then placed inside your tooth. This sedative eliminates inflammation, pressure and pain.

When your symptoms have subsided and your tooth is no longer painful, Dr. Grosso will remove the sedative material and fill your tooth with an inert material. The opening is then sealed up with a permanent filling.

Your root canal is complete, and your pain is gone! You also have kept your complete smile! To find out more about how root canals help your smile, call your dentist, Dr. Vincent Grosso in Kissimmee, FL, today!

By Dr. Vincent A Grosso, II
March 29, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal   root resorption  
RootResorptioninAdultTeethisaCauseforConcern

As a new permanent tooth develops, the roots undergo a process of breakdown and growth. As older cells dissolve (a process called resorption), they’re replaced by newer cells laid down (deposition) as the jaw develops. Once the jaw development ends in early adulthood, root resorption normally stops. It’s a concern, then, if it continues.

Abnormal root resorption most often begins outside of the tooth and works its way in, beginning usually around the neck-like (or cervical) region of the tooth. Also known as external cervical resorption (ECR), the condition usually shows first as pink spots where the enamel is being undermined. As these spots continue to erode, they develop into cavity-like areas.

While its causes haven’t been fully confirmed, ECR has been linked to excessive pressure on teeth during orthodontic treatment, periodontal ligament trauma, teeth-grinding or other excessive force habits, and bleaching techniques performed inside a tooth. Fortunately, ECR is a rare occurrence, and most people who’ve had these problems won’t experience it.

When it does occur, though, it must be treated as quickly as possible because the damage can progress swiftly. Treatment depends on the size and location of the resorption: a small site can often be treated by surgically accessing the tooth through the gum tissue and removing the offending tissue cells. This is often followed with tooth-colored dental material that’s bonded to the tooth to replace lost structure.

A root canal treatment may be necessary if the damage has extended to the pulp, the tooth’s interior. However, there’s a point where the resorption becomes too extensive to save the tooth. In these cases, it may be necessary to remove the tooth and replace it with a dental implant or similar tooth restoration.

In its early stages, ECR may be difficult to detect, and even in cases where it’s been diagnosed more advanced diagnostics like a CBCT scanner may be needed to gauge the extent of damage. In any case, it’s important that you have your teeth examined on a regular basis, at least twice a year. In the rare chance you’ve developed ECR, the quicker it’s found and treatment begun, the better your chances of preserving the tooth.

If you would like more information on root resorption, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.