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What are Root Canals?
Root canals are straightforward procedures where a dentist removes the decayed or infected pulp from the inside of a tooth. Root canals are common procedures that are safe and effective.
When is a Root Canal Needed?
When a dentist wants to save your tooth, but decay or an infection has reached the pulp, a dental root canal treatment is often the only option. Trauma to the tooth that damaged the pulp is a reason to have the procedure done as well.
While only a dentist can determine the best course of action when you have a toothache, signs that you may need a root canal can include:
- Acute tooth pain
- Acute tooth sensitivity to hot or cold
- An abscess on the gum
- The tooth is dark in color
Can a General Dentist Perform Root Canals?
A family dentist offers root canals. In cases where the procure will be complex, you will receive a referral to an endodontist (a root canal specialist). Call us today if one of your teeth is causing you acute pain. We’ll schedule an appointment for you with our root canal dentist to determine the cause of your pain.
What is the Root Canal Procedure?
It’s an hour long procedure that consists of the dentist numbing your tooth and placing a dam around it to keep it dry. Next, our dentist drills a small hole in the top of your tooth, so he or she can remove the pulp and decay with special instruments. Finally, the space left after removing the pulp is filled with a special material. The tooth is sealed with a temporary or permanent filling and our dentist will tell you if you need a root canal crown to restore the tooth’s functionality.
What is the Typical Root Canal Cost?
A number of factors determine the cost, including whether you need to see a dentist or endodontist and if it is a front tooth or a molar that needs the therapy. Your dental insurance may provide partial coverage. Call our office today to book an appointment with our dentist, who can offer an estimate after an examination.
What are the Different Types of Root Canals?
There is an apicoectomy, which is usually done after root canals that were unsuccessful. A tip of a tooth’s root is taken off and the root is sealed to prevent infection from destroying it. A pediatric pulpotomy removes only part of the pulp in a baby tooth. These procedures are not full root canals, even though people call them baby tooth root canals.
Is There Pain During a Dental Root Canal?
No, except you may feel a slight prick from the needle to numb the area, but that’s the extent of the pain you should feel. Once done, the pain you had will be gone. While you may feel slight pain for up to three days afterward, it will feel like nothing compared to the pain you had before you had the procedure.