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What Problems Does a Root Canal Treatment Fix?
When the soft pulp tissue located inside of your tooth becomes infected or damaged due to advanced tooth decay, you can experience a significant amount of tooth pain. Endodontic treatment, also known as root canal surgery, is a procedure that removes damaged and infected pulp and restores the tooth.
When Are Root Canals Needed?
To avoid extracting the affected tooth, dentists can perform a dental root canal to halt the spread of the infection or abscess. You may need root canal therapy if you have any of these symptoms:
- Tooth pain that is moderate to severe
- Swollen, tender gums
- Discoloration or darkening of the tooth
- Sudden sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
What Dentist or Specialist Can Perform Root Canals?
A general dentist is qualified to perform root canals, and a specialist called an endodontist can perform root canal therapy for more difficult cases. To schedule an appointment with a root canal dentist, contact our clinic today.
Dental Root Canal Steps
The average length of the procedure is about one to two hours. Below is a overview of the steps typically performed, but your situation may be different.
1. Your dentist starts by numbing the tooth to prevent discomfort during treatment.
2. To ensure a dry and clean area, the dentist will use a protective sheet.
3. To access the inside of the tooth, an opening is made in the crown.
4. Damaged and infected pulp is removed with small tools so the root canals can be cleaned and shaped.
5. To remove debris and disinfect the inner portion of the tooth, your dentist will rinse the canals.
6. A rubber-like material called gutta-percha is used to fill the holes.
7. To complete the procedure, a permanent crown is placed on the tooth.
How Much Do Root Canals Cost?
Compared to the cost of tooth removal or an artificial tooth replacement, the root canal cost can be very affordable. Your total cost is determined by several factors, such as where the tooth is located in your mouth, how many roots it has, how severe the cavity is, and whether you need treatment from an endodontist or a general dentist. If you have dental insurance, your plan may cover a portion of the treatment. To receive an estimate of your treatment cost after an evaluation of your mouth, call our office today to schedule an appointment.
What Types of Root Canals Are There?
The root canal crown is the most common, but an apicoectomy and a pediatric pulpotomy are also viable treatment options. Endodontists and general dentists may perform an apicoectomy after the first treatment was unsuccessful. A pediatric pulpotomy is a procedure that involves the removal of damaged pulp, leaving the nerve of the tooth intact.
Do Root Canals Hurt?
You have likely heard the rumors that dental root canal treatment can be painful. In fact, receiving the treatment often alleviates tooth pain. With the use of local anesthetics, our providers are able to keep you comfortable during your procedure. If you have tooth or mouth pain, don’t continue to suffer; let us help you find relief.