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What is a Root Canal Treatment?
Root canals are common procedures that are performed thousands of times each year. The therapy involves a dentist removing the infected or dying pulp that is inside a tooth. The treatment relieves the pain that decay or infection causes and can save a tooth from extraction.
How Do I Know If My Tooth Needs a Root Canal?
Only a dentist can tell what type of treatment is needed if you have a toothache. Typical signs that you may need a root canal procedure to save your tooth include:
- Persistent, severe tooth pain that keeps you up at night
- Swelling near the tooth that hurts
- The tooth becomes dark
Do Family Dentists Perform Root Canals?
In many cases, yes they do. Complicated cases are referred to specialists called endodontists, which are dentists that treat disorders of the pulp inside a tooth. If you need a dentist who routinely performs root canals, contact our office to arrange a thorough examination by our dentist.
How Are Root Canals Performed?
After numbing the area with a local anesthetic, our dentist will perform the following steps:
- Blocks off the area with a rubber dam to keep saliva from getting in the canal
- Creates an opening in the crown of the tooth to access the pulp
- Removes the pulp, cleans and shapes the root canals
- Disinfects the canals
- Fills and seals the canals with a rubbery material and fills the hole on the crown
- Discusses the need for either a permanent filling or a root canal crown for the tooth
The procedure is painless; if you start feeling pain during the procedure, let our dentist know immediately. Your comfort is our priority.
What Will My Root Canal Cost?
Costs vary between patients; your cost will depend on the amount of damage your tooth has and whether it is a molar or a front tooth. If you have dental insurance coverage, it may cover some of the cost. Call us to schedule an appointment for an examination. Our root canal dentist can give you an estimate of the cost after your examination.
What are the Types of Root Canals?
In adults, there are normal root canals and then there are re-treatments, where the first root canal was not successful. In children that still have their baby teeth, there are pulpotomy procedures, which are where a dentist only removes the nerve, and pulpectomies, where dentists remove the pulp.
What Should I Expect After a Dental Root Canal Treatment?
After a dental root canal, our dentist will give you aftercare instructions, including ways to manage pain and swelling, and when you can begin eating normal foods once again. After the area heals, you have to be vigilant about keeping the area clean since a tooth can still decay after the procedure, but you will not notice, because the tooth cannot experience pain anymore. Call our office today to schedule an appointment if you are experiencing tooth pain.