February 12, 2021

 

Dear Valued Patients,

 

Serving you for 26 years has transformed me and my profession as a dentist. For this, I feel honored to serve each of you in managing your dental health. It is time for me to pass the baton. I am privileged to pass the dental practice that I hold in my heart, Aesthetic and General Dentistry, to Dr. Peter Kelly, a qualified and knowledgeable dentist with a myriad of talents and experience.

 

I will still be here to offer my services in the next few months, to assist Dr. Kelly and his partners in this transition. I am also happy to inform you that our entire outstanding dental team will remain with Dr. Kelly. I have confidence that Dr. Kelly will continue the practice’s mission of providing excellent dental care.

 

Thank you so much for all the experience in becoming a better dentist to you. My personal journey is taking me along another pathway. I will remember you, the relationship, and the memories.

 

With best wishes and deep gratitude,

 

Alfredo M. Gapuz, Jr., DMD

Eliminating Long-Term Tooth Pain with Root Canal Therapy

Did you know that a natural tooth can remain in place even after the dental nerve has been removed? This is great news, since it is common for the dental nerve to abscess or become infected while the rest of the tooth is still able to play an important role in your overall oral health. In the case of a bad or deteriorating dental nerve, Dr. Gapuz often recommends the removal of the nerve tissue in order to preserve the rest of the valuable tooth structure. This procedure is known as root canal therapy.

Root Canal: an image of a man's head as a dentist prepares to examine his teeth.

Why Choose Root Canal Therapy?

If you have experienced the following signs or symptoms of a dying dental nerve, but want to preserve as many of your natural teeth as possible, then the root canal procedure may be right for you:

  • Severe toothache in response to biting pressure
  • Lingering sensitivity, pain, or discomfort after exposure to cold or hot temperatures
  • Swelling, tenderness, or recurrent pimple on the gums
  • Spontaneous toothache without stimulation from temperature or pressure
  • Darkening or discoloration of the tooth
  • A deeply decayed or cracked tooth

These signs and symptoms typically indicate that the dental nerve within the tooth has been irreversibly damaged or infected. The discomfort can sometimes be managed with the help of antibiotics or pain medications, but the infection will continue to strain your immune system until the nerve has been removed. Root canal therapy is the most conservative way to eliminate the infection while keeping the rest of the tooth intact. The alternative to this procedure is a complete tooth extraction.

An Overview of the Root Canal Procedure

The removal of the dental nerve is a delicate and precise procedure that is performed in the dental office under local anesthesia. When the tooth and the surrounding tissue have been numbed, small instruments are used to clean and sterilize the interior of the tooth through a small opening in the biting surface. Once the infected nerve tissue has been removed and the interior of the tooth has been sterilized, the vacant space within the tooth is filled with a permanent filling material.

To prevent the tooth from becoming brittle after the loss of its nerve tissue, it is often necessary to reinforce the tooth with a dental crown.

Learn more about the benefits of root canal therapy by contacting our office and arranging a consultation today.

Dr. Gapuz

Aesthetic and General Dentistry

Dr. Alfredo Gapuz was recently recognized in local publications as an Orlando Dentist of the Year and as a 2019 Top Dentist. He holds several other distinctions, such as:

  • Member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Member of the International Congress of Oral Implantology
  • Graduate of the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies
  • Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists
  • Fellow of the Academy for Dental-Facial Esthetics

To schedule your consultation at our Orlando office, contact us online or call us at (407) 251-5100.

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