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What is a Root Canal Procedure?
Once there is irreversible damage to the pulp inside your tooth, a dental root canal treatment is the only way that our dentist can save your tooth. Also called endodontic treatment, the procedure stops any pain that you have been feeling.
What Are the Signs That I May Need a Root Canal?
Normally, you will feel moderate to severe pain that does not subside. You may notice that the tooth is dark and the gum near the tooth is swollen. Your tooth will be sensitive to both hot and cold as well. If you notice these symptoms, please contact our office for an appointment and let our office staff know that you’re in pain and need an appointment as soon as possible.
Is There a Special Root Canal Dentist?
All general dentists have training in endodontic treatment as root canals are a common procedure. If there are complex issues, our dentist may refer you to an endodontist, a dental pulp specialist. Call us today if you believe that you may need a dental root canal.
What Steps Are Involved When Having a Root Canal?
Knowing what to expect ahead of time will ease your apprehension. It is important to note that root canals do not hurt, since the first thing our dentist does is numb the area with local anesthetic. Next, our dentist will place a thin rubber sheet around the area to keep saliva out. Our dentist will drill a tiny access hole to reach the canals, and once he or she drills the hole, the canals are cleaned out and the nerves are removed. The canals are washed, sealed and filled. A temporary filling will be placed over the hole where the pulp was accessed.
Later, you will return for a permanent filling or a root canal crown, depending on the condition of your tooth.
What Will I Pay for Root Canal Therapy?
Your root canal cost will depend on how many roots the tooth has and the extent of the damage. Dental insurance, if you are covered, may pay a portion of the cost. Call our office to request an appointment. Our dentist can provide you with an estimate after taking x-rays and examining your tooth.
Are There Different Types of Root Canals for Children and Adults?
Conventional root canals for adults are usually performed on molars, but the procedure is safe and effective on any tooth. Children may need a root canal on a baby tooth if it is causing them pain, as opposed to pulling the tooth. Dentists prefer to leave baby teeth intact, as they preserve the spot for the adult tooth. Children may either have a pulpotomy procedure, which removes only the middle portion of the pulp, or a pulpectomy, which means the dentist removes all of the pulp.
Are There Aftercare Procedures That Minimize Pain?
Root canals are generally painless while you are having one, and afterwards, any pain usually subsides in a few days. Our dentist will talk to you about the OTC pain relievers that he or she will want you to take. Additionally, you will learn how to keep the site clean until it heals. Please call our office to schedule a convenient appointment if you have any type of dental problem.