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What Do Root Canals Do?
A dental root canal is a common surgical procedure that is done in order to remove damaged, diseased or exposed soft pulp tissue from within a tooth. This type of problem is usually caused by severe dental decay. Also called endodontic treatment, surgery on the root canals will rid you of any severe tooth pain and discomfort that you have experienced.
Why Is it Necessary for Me to Have a Root Canal?
If your dentist has recommended that you have a root canal procedure done, it is because the pulp of your tooth has become so injured or infected that it can’t heal by itself. Failing to pursue endodontic treatment, in this case, will mean losing your tooth. Root canals are performed to save the tooth so that you can go about your daily life pain-free. The following are signs that you may need to pursue endodontic treatment.
- Persistent moderate to severe tooth pain
- Sensitivity to heat, touch or cold
- Pain in the tooth that awakens you at night
- Pain when you bite down
- Cavities or discolored teeth
- Swollen gum tissue around the affected tooth
All of the above are signs that endodontic treatment may be in order. The best way to know whether or not you need this type of treatment is to call our office and schedule your appointment with a dentist or endodontist today.
What Kind of Dentist Offers Endodontic Treatment?
If you’re in need of surgery on the root canals, you will probably be able to have the procedure performed by a general dentist. Occasionally, patients are referred to a an endodontist. An endodontist is utilized when a case is too complicated for a general dentist. They are also used in instances where a patient has had a failed endodontic treatment. No matter what kind of care you are looking for, you can rest assured that you can find a skilled root canal dentist at our practice.
What Does the Dentist Do During a Root Canal?
Your dentist will generally spend one to two hours performing the procedure on your root canals. Basic root canals involve the below steps.
- Numbing of the tooth via a local anesthetic.
- Shielding the tooth so it is isolated and kept clean.
- Opening up the crown of the tooth so the dentist can reach the pulp chamber.
- Removing the pulp, then cleaning and shaping out the root canals.
- Placing fluid into the roots canals in order to disinfect the area and clean out any remaining debris.
- Filling the canals with a rubbery material called gutta-percha.
- Capping the tooth with a root canal crown so there is no fracturing.
The exact steps of this procedure may vary depending on the complexity of your issue. In addition, if you require multiple teeth to be worked on or have other complications, your procedure may take longer than two hours to complete.
Can You Tell Me the Cost of Endodontic Treatment?
Our patients are usually concerned over root canal cost. While we can’t give you an exact price, we are able to provide you with an estimate after your condition has been thoroughly assessed by one of our staff members. The price of root canals is determined by the damage done to the tooth, as well as what needs to be done by the dentist in order to get the tooth ready for the treatment. Price is also affected by the number of roots present in the tooth being worked on. Front teeth have one root; therefore, they are typically more cost effective to work on. Molars have four roots, therefore they are generally more expensive to work on. Another factor that goes into figuring out your bill is whether you are being treated by an endodontist or a general dentist. Many of our patients have dental insurance plans which provide some form of coverage for root canals. Check with your insurance provider to determine what kind of coverage you may have under your plan.
Types of Root Canals
Basic surgery on the root canals is usually done on molars, however, it is also a highly effective surgery for any other type of tooth. In some cases, patients may require a different type of endodontic treatment in order to best treat their problem. An apicoectomy is where the dentist removes the tip of the root from the tooth. This is almost always done when a patient has previously had a treatment that didn’t work. A pediatric pulpotomy involves the dentist cleaning out the infected pulp while still leaving the nerves there.
Is Dental Root Canal Treatment Painful?
No matter what kind of endodontic treatment you need, you can be sure that you will not feel a thing. That’s because we utilize anesthetic to provide our patients with the maximum level of comfort. When you are in need of a root canal in Arlington, get in touch with us.