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What Does a Root Canal Do?
Pulp tissue can become damaged, infected or exposed in cases of advanced tooth decay. Patients who have this problem often have severe pain in their tooth and mouth, leading to difficulty going through their day to day lives. Root canals, also called endodontic treatments, are procedures that are done to remove the problem pulp from the tooth. They get rid of all of the unpleasant symptoms that you have been experiencing up until that point.
When Are Root Canals Necessary?
A dental root canal is considered to be necessary in cases where the damage to the tooth due to injury or decay is too great for the pulp to heal itself or be repaired. If your dentist recommends that you pursue endodontic treatment, it is because it is the only way that your tooth can be saved. There are a number of symptoms that point to the necessity of endodontic treatment.
- Moderate to severe tooth pain that persists
- Tooth that is highly sensitive to touch, cold or heat
- Pain in the tooth disrupts your sleep
- Pain in the tooth when biting down
- Advanced tooth decay or discoloration
- Swollen gum tissue around the affected tooth
If you experience any of those symptoms, you should call us to schedule a consultation for endodontic treatment as soon as possible.
Do I Need to See a Specialist for Endodontic Treatment?
In most cases, root canals are completed by a general dentist. A specialist known as an endodontist is utilized when a case is exceptionally complicated or when a patient needs to have their tooth re-treated after an unsuccessful surgery. Call us today so that you can schedule your first appointment with a root canal dentist from our practice.
What is the Procedure for a Root Canal?
A standard root canal procedure takes one to two hours for a general dentist to complete. The procedure consists of the following steps.
- The patient’s tooth is numbed via the use of a local anesthetic.
- The dentist places a shield around the impacted tooth in order to isolate it and keep the surrounding tooth and gum tissue clean.
- The tooth’s crown is opened up by the dentist. This provides the dentist with access to the pulp chamber.
- The dentist removes the pulp. The canals are then cleaned out and shaped.
- The exposed canals are filled with fluid that serves to both disinfect and remove debris.
- The root canals are filled with material called gutta-percha. They are then sealed.
- The dentist places a root canal crown over the tooth in order to prevent fracturing.
In cases where the issue is more complex, you can expect the procedure to take longer than two hours. Your dentist or endodontist will let you know how long your treatment should take.
What Does a Root Canal Cost?
The cost of endodontic treatment is determined by the number of roots the tooth has, the severity of damage to the patient’s tooth, whether or not a specialist is required and the extent of the preparation that needs to be done in order for the treatment to take place. Teeth such as molars tend to cost more than other types of teeth. This is because molars have four roots. If you currently have dental insurance, you may want to check with your provider to see how much coverage you have for root canals. No matter what, you can rest assured that you will be provided with a detailed estimate of your treatment plan after you have met with one of our dentists.
Are There Different Types of Root Canals?
The most basic kind of endodontic treatment is performed on the molars. However, this type of treatment can also be done on other types of teeth. This even includes the front teeth. Another type of procedure is the apicoectomy. This is done when a patient needs to have the tip of a root taken out after a treatment that was deemed to be unsuccessful. A pediatric pulpotomy is a type of treatment that involves taking out the pulp while leaving the nerves intact.
Will I Experience Pain During My Dental Root Canal Treatment?
You may be feeling nervous about pursuing endodontic treatment because you have heard that it is painful. While this anxiety is understandable, we are here to assure that there is nothing to worry about. We use a local anesthetic to ensure that our patients don’t feel anything throughout the treatment process. To receive more information on getting a root canal in Thorndale, contact our practice.