Dr. Alfredo Gapuz, Jr. and the team of Aesthetic and General Dentistry, would like to assure you that we are doing everything we can to keep our dental office safe for everyone. We continue to follow the guidelines of the CDC, ADA, and OSHA.

We have updated our appointment and visitor policy to help contain the spread of Coronavirus. For the safety of everyone, if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, please call the office and reschedule your appointment for at least 4 weeks out.

We are requesting that our patients call or text us when they arrive. We will come and get them from the parking lot. There will be no waiting in the reception area as we had in the past. We ask that any accompanying family, friends, drivers, or other visitors wait in their car during your appointment.

All patients will undergo a series of screening questions prior to their appointment. These questions pertain to recent travel and symptoms. During the screening, if you show any symptoms or signs you may be asked to reschedule.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation. We thank you for your trust and loyalty, and for being our patient!

To make an appointment or if you have any questions, please call us at (407) 251- 5100.

Dr. Alfredo Gapuz, Jr. and the team of Aesthetic and General Dentistry

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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