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What Are Dental Root Canals?
A dental root canal is a treatment that offers you an alternative to having a painful tooth pulled. If the inside of your tooth is infected or damaged, it can be exceedingly painful because the tooth’s nerves are in the pulp. Root canals, also known as endodontic treatments, replace the pulp of your tooth with an inert filling material, preserving your natural tooth and completely stopping the pain.
What Symptoms Would I Have If I Needed a Root Canal?
The typical symptoms include:
- An agonizing toothache
- Pain when you bite down
- Moderate or severe hot and cold sensitivity
- Your gum swells at the site of the affected tooth
- You may notice facial swelling
- Visible tooth swelling
Call our office right away if you have any of these symptoms. Our dentist will go over your symptoms with you, examine your tooth and order x-rays to diagnose your problem.
Where Can I Find a Root Canal Dentist Near Me?
Simply call our office and we will make an appointment for you with one of our skilled dentists. If after an examination and studying your x-rays, your dentist decides you need the services of an endodontist, we can arrange that for you. Endodontists are specialist dentists who focus on treating the inside of teeth with endodontic surgery and nonsurgical root canals. They typically handle complicated root canals and re-treatments.
What’s the Typical Root Canal Procedure?
You can expect the following steps to occur in the 60- to 90-minute procedure:
- You’ll be given a local anesthetic, usually Novocain, which causes a loss of feeling in the tooth and the surrounding area.
- We isolate your tooth using a latex dental dam to keep saliva and debris out of the environment where the dentist will work.
- Once the area is sufficiently numb, your dentist drills a small hole in your tooth to reach the canals either in the back of your tooth or in the chewing surface. He or she will work through the cavity.
- Our dentist will clean out the canals with thin files and then he or she shapes and enlarges them so they are smooth, hollow tubes. Next, the canals are irrigated until they are clean and free of any infection.
- Our dentist fills the canals with gutta-percha, a rubbery material, and then seals the canals and closes the access cavity with a temporary filling.
- You’ll have another appointment scheduled in several weeks to have your custom root canal crown placed. The crown is essential as it protects the tooth, which can become brittle after the procedure. Avoid placing stress on the tooth by chewing on the opposite side until you get your crown.
Most patients don’t feel any pain after the procedure. If you experience minor discomfort, our dentist may suggest an over-the-counter medication, such as Tylenol.
What’s the Price of a Root Canal?
We cannot tell you your root canal cost until our dentist examines your tooth. We base our fee on the condition of your tooth and the number of canals our dentist will have to treat. Typically, the further back in your mouth a tooth is, the more canals it has. Your cost will also depend on whether a dentist or an endodontist performs the procedure. Please let us know if you have dental insurance coverage so we can determine your out-of-pocket expense. Call our office to arrange an appointment so we can provide an accurate estimate. The materials used to fabricate your crown also affect the total you will pay. Generally, it costs less to save a tooth than to have it extracted and replaced by a bridge or dental implant.
Are There Different Root Canals?
Standard root canals are the most commonly performed endodontic procedures, but there are also apicoectomies and pediatric pulpotomies. Apicoectomies remove the top of the tooth’s root to fight infection present after a failed root canal. Failed root canals are not common; most patients end up with a functional tooth with no infection after the procedure. Apicoectomies are minor surgical procedures usually performed by endodontists. Pediatric pulpotomies are performed on baby teeth to remove diseased pulp in the tooth only; the root canals are not touched. We usually place a stainless steel crown on the tooth after the procedure so the tooth will last until it is time for it to fall out.
How Much Pain Will I Feel During a Dental Root Canal Treatment?
You shouldn’t have any pain during the procedure. We do root canals once you’ve had an anesthetic to numb you. If you need more anesthetic during your procedure, our dentist can administer more, ensuring your comfort at all times. Don’t let a fear of pain stop you from saving your tooth; contact our office today to make your appointment.