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What Is Root Canal Therapy?
Did you know that advanced cases of tooth decay can lead to the soft tissue known as pulp that exists within your tooth to become injured, exposed, or infected? Cases like this can lead to severe tooth and mouth pain. Root canals are a commonly performed dental surgical procedure that removes the affected pulp and permanently rids you of your pain. Roots canals are also referred to as endodontic treatment.
Why Do I Need a Root Canal?
A serious infection or injury to the soft pulp tissue in your tooth typically can’t be repaired. This is when root canals become necessary. Endodontic treatment allows the dentist to save your tooth. You may need endodontic treatment if you are experiencing the following symptoms.
- Moderate to severe tooth pain
- Sensitivity to touch, cold or heat
- Pain that wakes you up at night
- Tooth pain when biting down
- Tooth discoloration or deep dental decay
- Swollen gum tissue
You should make an appointment as soon as possible if you have any of the above symptoms. Give us a call today to book an examination with one of our dentists.
What Kind of Dentist Does Root Canals?
Many types of endodontic treatment can be done by your regular dentist. In cases that are more complex or in cases where a tooth is being re-treated, you may be asked to make an appointment with a specialist known as an endodontist. If you’re trying to find a highly skilled root canal dentist, you’re in luck. Pick up the phone and contact us today.
What Does the Procedure for a Dental Root Canal Consist Of?
Most root canals take anywhere between one and two hours for the dentist to complete. If your problem is more complex, it may take your dentist or endodontist longer to finish the procedure. A simple root canal procedure involves the following steps.
- A local anesthetic is used to eliminate any discomfort throughout the treatment process.
- Your dentist will put a shield around your tooth in order to isolate it.
- An opening will be put in the crown of the tooth so that your dentist will be able to reach the chamber where the pulp is.
- Your dentist will clean out the pulp and then clean and shape out the canals with special instruments.
- A disinfecting fluid is used to clean out any debris remaining within the root canals.
- The root canals will be filled with a material called gutta-percha before they are sealed off.
- A root canal crown will be placed over your tooth so that it won’t fracture.
Can You Tell Me What Endodontic Treatment Costs?
Your overall root canal cost will depend on a number of things. The severity of the damage to your tooth, the preparation required for the procedure and the number of roots present in the affected tooth will all affect the total of your bill. Teeth such as molars have four roots and are therefore more expensive to treat than front teeth are. Your bill may also be higher if you need to have the procedure performed by an endodontist rather than a general dentist. Contact your dental insurance provider to determine what kind of coverage you have for endodontic treatment. Our team of compassionate professionals will provide you with a detailed estimate of your treatment cost after your first visit.
Can You Tell Me About the Different Types of Root Canals?
Most people are unaware of the fact that there are different types of root canals. Standard procedures on the root canals are most often done on the molars but can also be done on the other teeth. If you need to have the tip of your tooth’s root taken out after an unsuccessful procedure, your dentist will recommend that you have an apicoectomy performed. Procedures that involve removing the pulp but leaving the nerve in place are referred to as pediatric pulpotomies.
Will My Tooth Hurt After Receiving Dental Root Canal Treatment?
You may have heard that root canals are painful. Many of our patients come to us concerned about whether or not they will feel pain during and after their procedure. We use local anesthetics to ensure that our patients don’t feel anything throughout the treatment process. While you may be a little sore afterwards, your dentist will recommend or prescribe to you some form of pain management. With this knowledge in hand, you do not need to be afraid of having endodontic treatment performed on you. To book a consultation for a root canal in Springfield, get in contact with our team today.