Root Canal Treatment
When patients hear root canal procedure, they cringe. They have heard the many misconceptions about the process, which frightens them. The biggest issue is root canal pain. The treatment is actually a way to relieve pain in your mouth, not cause you more. You won’t have root canal pain after you have the procedure.
Why Do I Need a Root Canal?
When a dentist tells you that you need root canal therapy, he or she uses a treatment to repair and save the tooth that is severely decayed or infected. The bacterial infection has migrated to the pulp or center of the tooth. Without the treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will be infected and other teeth could be damaged. You could lose your tooth or teeth, which is not something you’d want to happen, which is why you should have a root canal. Abscesses may form near your tooth, which will give you even more pain.
Dentists say “root canal” to refer to the natural cavity in the center of the tooth. They are a series of chambers or canals where you find the pulp or soft area of the tooth. Nerves are part of the canal system. Because nerves of your tooth are not vital to the health of your teeth, you can get the decayed root eliminated without harming the tooth. Nerves are meant to tell you if something is hot or cold, but you have other ways of determining that.
What Are Root Canal Symptoms?
Symptoms of a root canal are not always obvious, but when they are, you or your dentist will notice:
- Stabbing pain when you chew or when you apply pressure
- Sensitivity or pain when you come in contact with hot or cold temperatures
- A darker tooth color
- Swelling and tenderness in gums
- A blemish on the gums
If you see or feel these symptoms, you should make an appointment immediately at one of our many offices located at Belchertown, Chicopee, East Longmeadow, Greenfield – Suite 6, Greenfield – Suite 7, Longmeadow, Ludlow, Northampton – King St, Springfield – Harrison Ave, Springfield – Main St #212, Springfield – Main St #215, Westfield, West Springfield, and Wilbraham, Massachusetts.
What Is the Root Canal Procedure?
You will need one or more visits to complete the root canal treatment, and one of our highly trained dentists will perform this procedure.
- X-rays will be taken. We have to see what is happening below the tooth. We also need to see the shape and size of the canals. The X-rays also will show infections in the bone tissue.
- Local anesthetic will be administered. This will make the tooth numb.
- A rubber dam is added to your mouth to prevent saliva from getting on the tooth. The dentist must keep the area dry.
- Dentists drill a hole in the tooth. Just like a filling, a dentist will have to drill a hole to access the pulp.
- Pulp, bacteria, decayed nerve tissues are removed. The dentist uses special tools to accomplish this task. These tools are different in diameter and scrape the sides of the canals.
- Debris is washed from your mouth. The dentist uses water and suction to remove debris regularly during the procedure.
- The dentist fills the canal and hole. You might need a crown as a top, which would require two more visits.
What Does Root Canal Therapy Cost?
The cost of getting root canal therapy depends on what is involved in the procedure. Some teeth have one canal while others have three or more. The price also is tied to the experience of the dentist.
Many insurance plans will cover the cost or a portion of the cost of a root canal. We accept many different plans at Baystate Dental, contact our insurance expert to discuss your procedure at one of our locations to serve you. We are here to help you get the treatment you need for the lowest cost possible. We also have other ways of helping you.
Again, if you are experiencing pain in your mouth, you need to visit one of our dentists right away, it’s the only way he or she will rule out whether you need a root canal and there’s always a chance it’s perhaps something more minor, and wouldn’t you prefer knowing today?