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Is Endodontic Therapy the Same as a Dental Root Canal?
Endodontic therapy is the medical term for the treatment, but they are the same procedure. Most general dentists can perform a standard root canal, but if you have a very complex case, we may refer you to an endodontist, who’s a dentist who specializes in endodontics. If you think you need a root canal, call our Allentown office and schedule an appointment.
How Do I Know If I Need a Root Canal Treatment?
The inside of each tooth contains pulp, which is a soft substance containing nerves and blood vessels. Sometimes, the pulp will become infected due to illness, disease, injury or other factors. When this happens, you may need endodontic therapy to remove the infected part of the pulp and restore the health and function of your tooth. If you’re experiencing any of the following, then call our office to schedule an appointment.
- A large cavity or discolored teeth
- Sensitivity to touch or temperature
- Inflammation or swelling around a tooth
- Persistent pain that disrupts your sleep and worsens when you bite or chew
- Moderate to intense pain that doesn’t abate
Any of these could indicate the need for a dental root canal treatment, so call our Allentown office right away.
What Is the Root Canal Procedure?
When you come to our office for endodontic therapy, you can expect the following process:
- Your dentist will numb the area so that you won’t be in pain.
- We’ll put a temporary shield around your tooth to keep it clean.
- Your dentist will drill a small hole in the crown of your tooth so that we can access the infected area.
- The infected pulp is removed, the area is cleansed and we’ll form the canals.
- We’ll flush the canals to remove any remaining debris.
- We’ll fill the canals with gutta-percha.
- Your dentist will install a root canal crown, and your procedure will be complete.
At this point, you should have full function of your tooth and shouldn’t be in pain. We do our best to make your time in our office as pleasant as possible, so call us if you want more information or to schedule an appointment with a root canal dentist in our office. Don’t delay seeking needed dental treatment. Poor oral health can adversely affect your overall good health, so call us today if you need dental work.
Do Only Specialty Dentists Perform Root Canals?
Although we may refer out occasionally if a procedure is very complex, many of our general dentists can perform standard endodontic therapy. If you need this procedure, then call us and let us help you. Our reputation within the community is one of the best and we endeavor to maintain that high standard, so call us today.
Will Endodontic Therapy Be Very Expensive?
Your root canal cost will be unique to you. Each patient has unique needs, so each has a unique cost. During your first visit to our Allentown office, we’ll provide you with a comprehensive quote that will include the amount and type of work that you need, and a cost breakdown for each procedure. Factors that will influence your final cost include the amount of work that you need, the type and location of the tooth, your overall health, and your insurance coverage. The best source of information for insurance benefits is your provider, but we can help you with that. For more information, call us today.
How Do I Know Which Type of Endodontic Therapy I Need?
Occasionally, we have a patient who needs an apicoectomy, which is used after a prior endodontic treatment that wasn’t successful, or they might need a pediatric pulpotomy, which removes the infected pulp but doesn’t adversely affect the nerves. However, most of our patients require standard endodontic therapy, and we can provide that. If you think you need this procedure or any other type of dental work, then call our Allentown office to schedule an appointment.
Will This Procedure Be Painful?
Root canals have the reputation of being very unpleasant, but we strive to alleviate your discomfort as much as possible. The area that we’re working on will be numbed so that you don’t feel any pain, and you’ll be provided with pain medication as necessary during the procedure. If you’ve been delaying endodontic treatment because of the fear of pain, don’t delay any longer. We strive to maintain our excellent reputation within the dental community, so let us help you regain your good dental health. Call our Allentown office at (610) 616-3593 and schedule your appointment with a dentist in our office. We look forward to speaking with you and working with you.