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What Is Meant by Root Canal Surgery?
The interior of each tooth contains a soft substance called pulp, and it contains nerves and blood vessels that help to maintain the tooth. Sometimes, due to injury, illness or another issue, the pulp will become infected and cause severe pain. When this happens, you need oral surgery, also known as endodontic therapy, to remove the damaged pulp and restore health to the tooth. If you think you need this procedure, then call our Blue Bell office and we will schedule you time to speak with a dentist.
Are Root Canals the Only Solution for Extensive Tooth Decay?
Sometimes, endodontic therapy is the only means of saving a tooth. Otherwise, you’ll need an extraction and an implant or another dental appliance to replace the lost tooth. There are several signs that you may need endodontic therapy, such as the following:
- A very large cavity
- One or more severely discolored teeth
- Constant pain that can range from mild to excruciating and can disrupt your sleep
- Sensitivity to touch, heat or cold
- Pain when you chew or bite down
- Inflammation or swelling of the gums around the tooth
If you’re experiencing any or all of these symptoms, then call our Blue Bell office today. The longer you delay seeking treatment, the worse the infection will become. You’ll also experience increased pain, so call us today.
What’s Involved in an Endodontic Therapy Procedure?
When you come to our Blue Bell office for a dental root canal procedure, we’ll do our utmost to ensure your comfort and you’ll experience the following process:
- Your dentist will numb the area around the tooth so that you won’t be in pain
- We’ll place a temporary shield around your tooth to protect it and keep it clean
- Your dentist will drill a small hole in the top of your tooth so that we can access the infected area
- We’ll remove the infected pulp and then disinfect the area, then we’ll form the canals
- We’ll inject a disinfectant fluid into the canals to remove any residue or debris, then we’ll rinse out the fluid
- Your dentist will fill the canals with gutta-percha
- Your dentist will install a root canal crown and your procedure will be complete
- After your procedure, your pain will be alleviated and your tooth will be restored to its normal function. If you think you need endodontic therapy, then call our Blue Bell office and we can help you.
Where Do I Find a Root Canal Dentist?
Most general dentists can perform standard root canals, so call our office for an appointment. If you have a complex case, then we may refer you to a local endodontic specialist, called an endodontist, for the procedure. However, your dentist will advise you if this is a necessity during your initial visit to our Blue Bell office.
Are Root Canals Covered by Insurance?
Insurance coverage for dental procedures varies widely by the provider, the employer, and the individual. The best source for information on your plan benefits is your provider, but if you call our office we may be able to help you. During your initial office visit, you’ll be provided with a comprehensive estimate of the root canal cost that you’ll incur and the scope of treatment that you need. Factors that will influence your final cost include the type and location of the tooth, your overall health, any additional dental treatments you need, and your plan benefits.
Is There Only One Type of Dental Root Canal Treatment?
We occasionally have patients who need an apicoectomy, which is used to repair issues from a previous and unsuccessful root canal, or a pediatric pulpotomy, which removes the pulp without adversely impacting the nerve. However, most of the time we perform routine root canals, usually on molars. Other types of teeth may need a root canal but molars are the most common. If you have additional questions, call our Blue Bell office.
What Can I Do to Prepare for My Appointment?
Root canals have a bad reputation for pain, but we do our utmost to ensure that you’re comfortable and free of pain. We strive to be one of the best dental offices in the area for these procedures, and we strive to maintain that reputation. You’ll be provided with pain medication throughout the procedure to ensure that you’re comfortable, and you shouldn’t experience pain afterward. If you need a dental root canal, don’t delay seeking treatment because of apprehension about the pain you’ll experience. An infected gum or tooth can adversely impact your physical health as well as your oral health, so call us today at (267) 439-4912 to schedule an appointment in our Blue Bell office. We look forward to welcoming you to our dental family and helping you achieve your dental care goals.