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What Are Root Canals?

You will most likely experience pain when advanced tooth decay causes the soft pulp inside your tooth to become damaged and infected. Endodontic treatment, or root canal surgery, is a procedure that removes the infected pulp from your tooth, restoring the function of the tooth and relieving your symptoms.

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Signs You Need a Root Canal

Once the pulp becomes inflamed or damaged, it can cause a serious infection or abscess. Other than extracting the decayed tooth, dental root canal treatment is the only procedure that can save your tooth. The following are the most common signs your tooth may require a root canal:

  • Severe tooth pain when chewing or applying pressure
  • Extreme sensitivity or pain when exposed to hot or cold temperatures
  • Swelling and tenderness of nearby gum tissue
  • Darkening or discoloration of the affected tooth

What Type of Dentist Performs Root Canals?

A general dentist can perform root canal treatments. Additionally, a dental specialist called an endodontist can be consulted for more complex cases. Contact our dental clinic to schedule an appointment with a root canal dentist.

A Step-by-Step Guide to a Dental Root Canal

A basic root canal procedure can be completed in one to two hours and usually involves the following steps, but may vary slightly depending on the patient’s situation:

1. Numbing medicine is applied to the tooth to prevent pain.
2. To keep the area dry during the procedure, a small protective sheet is placed over the area.
3. An opening in the crown of the tooth is made to access the inside of the tooth.
4. Small instruments are used to clean the pulp from the pulp chamber and clean and shape the root canals.
5. The root canals are cleaned and disinfected with fluid.
6. A rubber material called gutta-percha is used to fill the interior of the tooth.
7. Permanent crowns will be applied to any teeth that have received a treatment. Protecting the tooth from further damage.

Cost of Root Canals

There are a number of factors that may influence the total cost of your treatment. One of the main factors is the location of the affected tooth that needs to be repaired. Keep in mind that the steps required to repair the infected tooth, your dental insurance status, and whether you are being treated by an endodontist or a general dentist can also affect your root canal cost. To find out more information about the cost of your treatment, call us today to schedule an appointment.

What Different Types of Root Canals Available?

While a root canal crown is the most common treatment option, general dentists and endodontists can also perform other treatments depending on your individual needs. During an apicoectomy, the top of the root is removed. This option is usually only performed if an initial treatment has been unsuccessful. A second option is a pediatric pulpotomy in which the nerve of the tooth remains intact and only the damaged pulp is removed.

Dental Root Canal Treatment: Is it Painful?

Most people cringe upon hearing the words “root canal” as the term has become synonymous with pain. However, with the help of numbing medicine and a qualified provider performing your procedure, you shouldn’t experience much pain or discomfort. Don’t continue to let your tooth pain interfere with sleeping or eating. Call us today, and find relief by consulting with our dentists about a root canal in Western Massachusetts.

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