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What is a Dental Root Canal?
Dentists perform root canals when the tissue and nerves inside the root are decayed or infected. A standard procedure, millions of root canals are safely done each year to save teeth, relieving patients of acute pain and sensitivity. It’s a painless procedure, usually completed under local anesthesia.
What are the Signs That Indicate I Would Need a Root Canal?
If you have a toothache that is so severe that it is keeping you up at night and you notice severe swelling of the gums or tooth darkening, call us immediately for an appointment. There is a good chance that you may need a dental root canal treatment to save your tooth, but our dentist would need to perform a thorough examination before making any decisions.
Where Can I Find a Root Canal Dentist?
A general dentist, such as one of our dentists, has experience performing root canals. In situations where the procedure is likely to become complicated, our dentist will refer you to a local endodontist that he or she trusts. An endodontist is a specialist in diagnosing and treating the pulp inside teeth. Call us today for an appointment if have a severe toothache. We can help.
How Long is a Root Canal Procedure?
Root canals generally take an hour or two to complete. To begin, you will receive local anesthesia and our dentist will wait until the area is numb before starting. Next, our dentist uses a rubber dam to isolate the tooth from saliva while he or she works. Our dentist then creates a hole in the crown of your tooth so he or she can access the canals. The damaged pulp and nerves come out so the canal can be irrigated, filled with a special rubbery substance and then sealed. Our dentist will discuss your final restoration, which you will receive on your next visit.
What Do Root Canals Usually Cost?
How damaged your tooth is and the location of the tooth will both determine your root canal cost. Our dentist will need to take x-rays and examine the tooth or teeth before he or she can give you an estimate. Let us know if you have dental insurance, which may cover a percentage of the cost. Call today to schedule your exam.
Are There Different Kinds of Root Canals?
Besides root canals on molars and front teeth and baby teeth root canals, there are apicoectomy procedures. An apicoectomy is where a dental professional removes the tip of the tooth’s root and then seals the root after an unsuccessful prior root canal.
Is There Pain After a Root Canal?
You may experience swelling and minor pain for a few days. Typically, there will not be any nerve tissue left in the root, so your tooth won’t hurt. Our dentist will provide you with aftercare instructions, including what you can eat immediately after the procedure. You’ll also have a follow-up appointment to get your final restoration, which is generally a root canal crown. If you’re experiencing acute tooth pain, give us a call to arrange an appointment.