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What Is Root Canal Therapy?
Your tooth’s roots are filled with a soft pulp tissue that can become inflamed and infected by untreated tooth decay or a crack in the tooth enamel. When the pulp inside your tooth’s roots is inflamed, it causes pain, swelling, and difficulty eating. A root canal procedure removes that diseased pulp, relieving your pain and saving your tooth.
When Is a Root Canal Needed?
Infected tooth roots can’t repair themselves, so if an infection has reached your tooth’s soft pulp tissue and roots, dental root canal treatment is necessary. Occasionally, the pulp tissue can be infected, but you may not notice any symptoms. Usually, you’ll experience one or more of these symptoms:
Prolonged tooth pain and sensitivity
- Tooth pain that causes you to wake during the night
- Tooth discoloration
- Swollen, tender or draining gums.
How Long Do Root Canals Take?
The treatment takes an hour or two, including a bit of time before the procedure to give your gums and teeth time to be thoroughly numbed. Here’s what happens during your procedure:
1. Your dentist will place a rubber dental dam around the tooth to isolate it and keep the area around the tooth clean.
2. A small opening is made in the crown of your tooth so the dentist can access the tooth’s pulp chamber.
3. Your dentist removes the pulp of the tooth, using small instruments to clean and shape the root canals.
4. Fluid is used to flush debris and bacteria from the root canals.
5. A rubbery material is used to fill the root canals, which are then sealed.
6. A root canal crown caps the tooth to provide strength and protection.
How Much Will a Root Canal Cost?
Your costs depend on several factors, including the type of tooth to be restored. Front teeth have only one root, so root canals on these teeth are less expensive than on a back tooth, which has four roots. The severity of your tooth’s condition and your dental insurance coverage also affect your overall costs. We’re happy to provide you with an estimate for your procedure, and we’ll work with your insurance provider so you receive the most from your coverage. Call us today to consult with one of our skilled providers.
What Are the Different Types of Root Canals?
Routine root canals can be performed on any tooth, although it’s most commonly used to restore molars. In addition to standard molar root canals, there are a few alternatives for treatment. An apicoectomy removes the root tip, and a pediatric pulpotomy removes the infected tooth pulp but leaves the nerves in place.
How Do You Manage Pain During Root Canals?
The pain of an infected tooth root is considerable, and many patients find relief as soon as we administer a local anesthetic to begin root canal therapy. Anesthesia helps keep you comfortable during the procedure, and removing the infected pulp provides long-term relief. If you’re experiencing tooth pain, call us to schedule your root canal in Chesapeake.