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What Is a Root Canal?

Are you experiencing significant pain in your tooth that makes it difficult for you to function throughout your daily life? If so, you may need surgical intervention within your root canals. Root canals are commonly performed when the soft pulp tissue that exists within the tooth becomes infected, damaged or exposed because of severe tooth decay. Also known as endodontic treatment, root canals get rid of the affected pulp while permanently relieving you of your symptoms.

When Is a Root Canal Necessary?

Dental root canal treatment is deemed necessary in cases where the pulp tissue inside of your tooth is badly damaged or infected to the extent that it can’t heal on its own. In these cases of advanced decay, root canals may be the only way to save the affected tooth. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms described below, you probably need endodontic treatment.

  • A tooth that is highly sensitive to cold, heat or touch
  • Tooth pain that is classified as moderate to severe
  • Pain in your tooth that wakes you up at night
  • Swollen gum tissue located around the tooth
  • Large cavities or a discolored tooth
  • Pain in your tooth whenever you bite down

If you believe that you need endodontic treatment, pick up the phone and schedule an appointment with a highly qualified root canal dentist at our office today.

Who Can Perform Root Canals?

General dentists can perform root canals, as can specialists called endodontists. In most cases, your regular dentist will perform your procedure. If your issues are more complicated or you need to have your teeth re-treated after a prior failed procedure, you will most likely be referred to an endodontist. When you’re in need of a dentist who performs root canals, contact us as soon as possible so that we can get you in touch with one of our dentists and stop your pain quickly.

What Happens During a Root Canal Procedure?

Basic dental root canals typically take between one and two hours to complete. Most procedures consist of the following steps.

  1. A dentist numbs the tooth or teeth so that you can’t feel any pain.
  2. The tooth is kept isolated via the placement of a small shield that is placed around the area.
  3. An opening into the tooth’s crown is made by the dentist so that he or she can access the pulp chamber.
  4. Your dentist will take out the pulp. Once it is gone, he or she will use instruments to both clean and re-shape your root canals.
  5. The exposed root canals are cleaned out with fluid. This serves to both disinfect area and to remove any leftover debris.
  6. A rubbery material referred to as gutta-percha is placed inside of the canals. The root canals are then sealed off.
  7. Your tooth will be capped with a root canal crown in order to keep your tooth from becoming fractured.

How Much Do Root Canals Cost?

Your total root canal cost is determined via a number of factors. Some of the factors that go into the overall cost you will pay include the severity of the damage to your tooth, the steps that must be completed in order to prepare your tooth for the surgery, as well as the number of roots within the tooth. Since front teeth have one root, root canals performed on them tend to be less expensive than root canals that are done on teeth with more roots. Your cost will also be impacted by whether or not you have your procedure completed by a general dentist or by an endodontist. In addition, you may have some of your costs covered by your dental insurance provider. Our team of dental professionals can give you an estimate of what your treatment will cost once we have performed a thorough evaluation on you. Get in touch with us today to book your appointment.

What Are the Different Types of Root Canals?

A standard dental root canal is typically performed on the molars. However, it can also be an effective treatment for any tooth, including the front teeth. Other types of endodontic treatment include apicoectomies and pediatric pulpotomies. An apicoectomy is where the dentist removes the tip of a tooth’s root. It is usually done in cases where a previous procedure has failed. A pediatric pulpotomy consist of the dentist removing the infected pulp while leaving the nerve of the tooth intact.

Do Root Canals Hurt?

Many of our patients come into our office worried that root canals are painful. This fear is unfounded, as local anesthetic is always utilized during these procedures. If you are suffering from tooth pain or any other dental issues, don’t continue to suffer. Contact our office and book your appointment for a root canal in South Philadelphia.

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