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How Do Root Canals Restore Teeth?
Hearing that you need a root canal isn’t cause for alarm. Millions of Americans have root canal surgeries each year to repair and save their severely decayed, diseased, or damaged teeth. Deep inside your tooth is the tooth’s pulp, which is a soft tissue containing nerves and blood vessels. When this tissue becomes infected due to advanced decay or injury, the diseased tissue needs to be removed during dental root canal treatment. The procedure not only saves your tooth and helps restore normal biting and chewing functions, but it also relieves the piercing pain that accompanies tooth infections.
How Will I Know I Have a Tooth That Needs a Root Canal?
Once infection sets into your tooth pulp, your body will give you warning signs that you need to see a dentist. Below, we list a few of the most commonly experienced symptoms of a deep tooth infection. If you have one or more of these warning signs, call our office immediately to schedule an appointment with our dentist.
- Mild to severe, constant tooth pain
- Swelling or reddening of the gums surrounding the tooth
- Prolonged tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
- Blister-like bumps on your gum near the tooth
- Tooth discoloration
- Deep cavities
- Pain upon biting or chewing
Is There a Root Canal Dentist Near Me?
If you’re looking for a dentist who is qualified to perform root canals, give our office a call today. Both general dentists and specialists known as endodontists are qualified to provide root canals, and we can connect you with the provider who can best save your tooth.
Endodontists are specialists who have trained as general dentists and have continued with specialty training for an additional two or more years. This intensive training provides endodontists with the skill and knowledge to diagnose and treat a variety of conditions, diseases, and injuries affecting the inside of the tooth. They often perform complicated root canals and re-treatment surgeries, and they are qualified to implant dental posts into the jaw and treat traumatic dental injuries.
What’s the Procedure for Root Canals?
The root canal procedure usually includes the following steps:
- Your dentist injects a local anesthetic into your gum so you don’t feel pain during the procedure.
- A latex dam is placed around the tooth to isolate it and keep it dry.
- An opening is created in the top of your tooth so that your dentist can reach the pulp chamber.
- Small files are used to remove the infected pulp tissue and shape the tooth’s roots canals.
- Exposed root canals are washed out with a disinfecting fluid to eliminate any debris and bacteria remaining in the pulp chamber and canals.
- Tiny plastic or metal posts may be placed in the root canals to provide support.
- A rubber-like substance is placed in the canals to seal them from bacteria and infection.
- A temporary root canal crown caps the tooth. You’ll come back to our office in a few weeks to have the temporary crown replaced with a permanent crown. The crown supports the tooth, restores its function, and prevents future tooth fractures.
What Should I Expect to Pay for the Root Canal Cost?
Many different issues affect the cost of the procedure, including the extent of damage to your tooth and how much preparation your tooth needs before the procedure. The type of tooth to be treated also changes your cost. Front teeth have only one root, and they’re easy to reach. Molars have four roots, they’re difficult to access and their roots tend to curve in the shape of a “c” or “s.” As a result, it usually costs more to treat a molar than it costs to treat a front tooth. Many dental insurance providers cover some of the cost of the procedure, reducing your overall costs. You can receive a more detailed price estimate after you have been examined by our dentist. Call us today to make an appointment.
How Do Root Canals Vary?
Root canals vary slightly by the type of tooth being treated. Molars are most commonly saved with this procedure, but any tooth can be successfully restored with a dental root canal. There are also some other endodontic procedures that can help save your natural teeth. If previous treatment has not worked, an apicoectomy may be considered. During this procedure, the endodontist removes the tip of the tooth root.
How Do I Find the Right Treatment for Me?
Your tooth pain could be a symptom of many different problems, but the first step to finding the relief you crave is by calling our office today. Our dentists will prepare a customized treatment plan for you and connect you with the right provider for your needs. Call us today to find out more about a pain-relieving root canal in Rockledge.