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Why Do People Need Root Canals?
Root canals repair teeth with damaged or infected pulp that would otherwise be pulled. Teeth become infected when you have untreated decay that spreads to the pulp, the soft center of your tooth that contains blood vessels, tissues and nerves. A crack or trauma to the tooth can also damage the pulp. A dentist removes the pulp, which your tooth can live without because it will get nutrients from the surrounding tissue.
What Are Some Common Symptoms that People Who Need Root Canals Experience?
Common symptoms that show a dentist you need a root canal include:
- Spontaneous, often severe, tooth pain
- Lingering hot and cold sensitivity
- Sharp pain when chewing
- Swelling gum near the tooth
- Gum tenderness
- Your face feels hot near the tooth
Only a qualified dental professional can determine the best treatment for you. Call our office to make an appointment. Our dentist will talk to you about your symptoms, review your x-rays and examine your tooth to determine if you are a good root canal candidate.
What Is a Root Canal Dentist?
They are dentists who perform root canals frequently in their practice. Most root canals are easily completed by dentists and do not pose a challenge. You’ll enjoy a lower fee by having the procedure performed by a dentist as well. In some cases, we will ask you to consult with an endodontist. An endodontist has at least two additional years of training in treating the teeth’s pulp after completing dental school. They typically treat patients needing re-treatment or patients with challenging root canals as they often have specialized equipment that isn’t needed for standard root canals, such as a surgical microscope. If you call us to arrange a consultation, our dentist will go over your options for treatment with you.
What Is the Normal Root Canal Procedure?
Normally, you can expect the following steps in the 60- to 90-minute procedure:
- The first step is receiving a local anesthetic and ensuring your mouth is sufficiently numb before proceeding.
- While you are waiting for the anesthetic to work, you’ll have a rubber dental dam put in your mouth to isolate the tooth your dentist will work on. It’s essential to keep the canals clean to prevent reinfection once the canals are irrigated and the existing infection is removed.
- Your dentist creates an access cavity, which he or she will use to work on the canals with special instruments.
- Your dentist cleans the pulp out of the canals and shapes them into slightly larger, smooth tunnels that are easy to irrigate.
- Once the canals are clean and free of debris, there are filled with gutta-percha, a rubbery, biocompatible pulp substitute. Once the canals are filled, your dentist will seal the canals with dental cement and place a temporary filling in your tooth.
After a week or two, you will return, have the temporary filling removed and receive a custom root canal crown that blends in seamlessly with your other teeth. The crown gives the tooth added strength, which was lost once the pulp was removed.
How Much Does a Dental Root Canal Usually Cost?
Your root canal cost depends on your unique situation. The tooth’s condition is one factor that affects your cost as it determines the amount of work your dentist must do before beginning the procedure. The tooth’s location in your mouth also affects the cost because teeth in the back of your mouth have more roots to clean out than front teeth. When a dentist can perform the procedure, you’ll pay less than if an endodontist has to do the work. Call us to arrange an appointment so our dentist can evaluate your tooth and provide you with a quote. If you have dental insurance, there is a good chance that it will cover a percentage of our fee.
Are There Special Types of Root Canals?
Yes, there are pediatric pulpotomies for primary molars. The procedure involves removing decay and the pulp chamber in the crown of the tooth, leaving the canals in the roots alone. After sterilizing the area, your child’s tooth, capped with a crown, should last until his or her adult tooth emerges. An apicoectomy is used after retreatment fails and the infection has spread. Your dentist will remove the tip of the root and then seal the chamber.
What Are the Benefits of Having a Dental Root Canal Treatment?
If you are in pain, the primary benefit at the moment is permanent pain relief. The second benefit is that you get to keep your natural tooth. Having a missing tooth in your mouth will cause your other teeth to shift and you can lose bone integrity without tooth roots. Call us to make an appointment and our dentist can tell you the benefits of a root canal treatment in your specific case.