Advanced Dental Care of Citrus Park
7867 Gunn Highway, Tampa, FL 33626
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.
Common symptoms that show a dentist you need a root canal include:
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.
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.
Normally, you can expect the following steps in the 60- to 90-minute procedure:
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.
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.
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.
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.