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What Does Root Canal Surgery Fix?
When the pulp inside a tooth becomes infected, whether due to injury, infection, illness or any other cause, a dental root canal, also known as endodontic therapy, can restore the tooth to both full health and full function. Endodontic therapy can be performed by many general dentists, although very complicated cases may be referred to a specialty dentist known as an endodontist. If you think you need endodontic therapy, call our Collingdale office today and let us schedule an appointment for you.
Are Root Canals the Same as Endodontic Dentistry?
Root canals fall into the category of endodontic dentistry, but they don’t always have to be performed by an endodontist. Many general dentists perform thousands of endodontic therapy procedures annually, so you can feel confident in the competence of your dentist. The following symptoms may indicate that you need to have endodontic therapy, so call our Collingdale office to schedule a consultation.
- Significant pain that adversely impacts your life and may disrupt your sleep
- Sensitivity to touch, cold or heat
- Discoloration of one or more teeth
- Swelling or inflammation of the gums around one or more teeth
- Persistent pain
If you’re experiencing any of the above, then call us today and we’ll schedule a consultation with a root canal dentist in our Collingdale office.
Who Needs Endodontic Therapy?
Anyone who is experiencing the above symptoms should seek endodontic therapy without delay. An infected tooth can adversely impact many areas of your body, including your heart, so don’t delay in seeking treatment if you’re experiencing pain, swelling or inflammation in one or more of your teeth or the surrounding gums. If you need more information or have more questions, call us today and we’ll be happy to provide you with the information you need.
What Type of Dentist Do I Need for a Dental Root Canal Treatment?
Although we occasionally refer a patient to an endodontist, most of the general dentists in our Collingdale office are adept at performing routine root canals. When you come to our office for your root canal procedure, you can expect the following process:
- We’ll numb the area around the infected tooth so that you’re not in pain.
- We’ll install a temporary shield that will protect the tooth that we’re working on and keep it sanitary.
- Your dentist will drill a hole in the top of your tooth so that we can access the infected pulp.
- We’ll remove the damaged pulp, form the canals, and then we’ll flush out the area with a disinfectant fluid.
- We’ll rinse the canals and remove any residual debris.
- Your dentist will fill the canals with gutta-percha.
- Your dentist will install a root canal crown, and your procedure will be complete.
At this point, your root canal is all done and you should be able to manage any residual pain with over-the-counter medications. Your tooth will be fully functional and you should have no discomfort.
Can I Get a Root Canal Even If I Don’t Have Insurance?
During your first consultation, we’ll provide you with a detailed list of the treatment you need and your associated root canal cost. Many of our patients have dental insurance, but we’re happy to provide dental service to those who pay out of pocket. There are programs that may help defray the cost if you need dental work but are unable to afford it, so call our Collingdale office if this applies to you.
How Many Types of Root Canals Are There?
The most common root canals that we perform are standard endodontic therapy, usually on molars, although we perform root canals on other types of teeth. Occasionally, a patient will need an apicoectomy if they’ve had prior endodontic therapy that was unsuccessful. We also occasionally perform a pediatric pulpotomy, which removes the pulpy interior of the tooth but leaves the nerves intact. If you think you need any of these, then call our Collingdale office to schedule a consultation. During your first visit, your dentist will advise you of the type of oral surgery that you need.
Will I Experience Lots of Pain?
Root canals are typically perceived as being very painful, but this isn’t the case with our procedures. We do our utmost to ensure that our patients are comfortable, and you’ll be given pain medication before the procedure so that you’re not in pain. Our patients’ well-being and comfort are our primary objectives, so we do everything we can to ensure your comfort when you’re in our office.
If you need endodontic therapy, call our Collingdale office at (484) 427-4663 to schedule a consultation. Don’t delay in seeking treatment if you have an infected tooth because it can adversely affect your entire body. Call us today and let’s get started on regaining your good oral health. We look forward to speaking with you and adding you to our dental family.