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What Is a Dental Root Canal?
Dental root canal treatment is a way to relieve a patient’s tooth pain permanently by removing the infected or damaged pulp from inside a tooth. The pulp contains the nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue.
When Would a Dentist Suggest a Root Canal?
Our dentist will suggest this treatment when it’s not possible to treat or save the pulp, but he or she wants to save your tooth. Signs you may need a root canal include:
- Tooth pain, usually severe
- Gum swelling
- Tooth sensitivity
- Tooth discoloration
- Pain when using the tooth to bite down
Who Performs Root Canals?
General dentists often perform root canals, but they will refer complex cases to a trusted endodontist. Endodontists specialize in performing difficult root canals. If you’re looking for a root canal dentist, contact our office today to schedule your appointment so our dentist can ease your pain and save your tooth.
How Are Root Canals Performed?
- The root canal procedure consists of the following steps:
- You receive a local anesthetic to keep you from feeling any pain.
- A dental assistant puts a rubber dam around the affected tooth to keep saliva out of the canals where the dentist will work.
- Your dentist will drill a small hole in the chewing surface of your tooth to access the root canals.
- He or she will gently remove the pulp and clean out the canals.
- Your dentist will flush the canals to remove any remaining bacteria.
- He or she fills the canals with an inert rubbery substance and places a temporary filling in the hole in your tooth.
Expect your treatment to take one to two hours. Afterward, your dentist will explain why you need to return for a root canal crown.
What’s the Typical Root Canal Cost?
Our dentist cannot provide an estimate without giving you an examination first. Your cost depends on how damaged your tooth is and which tooth is affected. A root canal on a front tooth is less expensive because the tooth only has one root; molars typically have four roots. If you have dental insurance, your plan may cover a portion of the fee. Call our office to schedule an examination.
What Are the Different Root Canals?
Standard root canals are by far the most common type of endodontic treatment dentists perform. Other types of root canals include pediatric pulpotomies, where a dentist places a medicated filling in the pulp chamber of a baby tooth if the pulp is healthy enough, and apicoectomies, which are used to treat previously failed root canals. In an apicoectomy, the dentist will remove the tip of a tooth’s root and seals the canals.
Are Root Canals Painful?
Root canals are not painful; they relieve pain. Our dentist will give you a local anesthetic to numb the area so you won’t feel any pain during the treatment. Call our office at (215) 941-5634 to schedule an appointment for a root canal in Center City Philadelphia to get fast relief from your tooth pain.