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What Do I Need to Know About Root Canals?

Have you heard of dental root canals but aren’t sure what exactly they are? If so, you’ve come to the right place. A root canal (also known as endodontic treatment) is a routine surgical procedure that removes damaged or infected pulp from a tooth. Pulp is a soft tissue that exists inside of every tooth in your mouth. This substance sometimes becomes infected, injured, or exposed. This can be due to injury, disease, or advanced tooth decay. If you are experiencing moderate to severe pain in your tooth, you may be in need of endodontic treatment.

Do You Need a Root Canal?

In most cases, damaged or infected pulp is not able to repair itself. When this happens, dentists recommend that patients undergo a root canal procedure so that the tooth can be saved. If you are wondering whether or not you are need of endodontic treatment, read the following symptoms that indicate that you may need this procedure.

  • Tooth pain that you would rank as moderate to severe
  • A tooth that is sensitive to heat, cold or touch
  • Persistent tooth pain
  • Pain whenever you bite
  • Extreme cavities or discoloration of the tooth
  • Swollen gum tissue around the tooth
  • Tooth pain that wakes you up

If you have any of these symptoms, pick up the phone and call a root canal dentist in Upper Darby.

Are There Dentists Who Specialize in Root Canals?

Endodontists are dentists who have spent extra time specializing in treating the issues surrounding the tooth’s pulp. In many instances, a general dentist can perform your dental root canal. If your case is severe, you may be referred to an endodontist. No matter what kind of treatment you are in need of, our team is here to help you receive the kind of high-quality dental health care that you need.

What Do Root Canals Consist Of?

A standard procedure takes up to two hours to complete. During those two hours, your dentist or endodontist will perform the following steps.

1. An anesthetic will be applied to the tooth.
2. A tiny shield is put around the tooth to keep it in isolation and to keep the surrounding area clean.
3. The dentist will open up the crown of the tooth and expose the pulp chamber.
4. The pulp will be removed and the root canals will be cleaned out and shaped.
5. Your dentist will flush out the exposed root canals with a fluid that will disinfect the canals and remove debris.
6. A rubbery material that is known as gutta-percha is utilized to fill and seal the root canals.
7. A root canal crown is used to cap the tooth so that fractures do not occur.

More advanced procedures that are required for complicated cases may take longer than two hours. Your dentist or endodontist will let you know what type of procedure will be needed to treat your tooth pain.

How Much Will a Bill for a Root Canal Cost?

Like any dental treatment, the amount of your bill will vary according to the complexity of your case, the type of procedure needed, the type of preparation needed and the type of dentist you are seeing. For instance, an endodontist will cost more than a general dentist. The amount you will owe will also take into account the number of roots in the affected tooth. Teeth that have fewer roots will cost less than teeth that have more. Your dental insurance provider may offer coverage for dental root canal treatment. Call our office to learn more about the types of insurance we accept and to find out how you can receive an estimate for the cost of your endodontic treatment.

Can You Give Me More Information About the Different Types of Root Canals?

Standard root canals are most often performed on the molars, but they can also be completed on other teeth. This is the treatment that most people envision when they hear about a root canal. However, there are other types of root canals. One of these procedures is known as a pediatric pulpotomy. This is where the pulp is removed and the nerves inside the tooth are left in place. Another procedure is known as an apicoectomy. This is a treatment that involves the tip of the root of the tooth being removed. It is usually performed when other treatments have not been successful.

How Much Pain Will I Experience During This Treatment?

Since root canals make use of localized anesthetics, you will not experience any pain during your procedure. If you have one or more teeth that are causing you to experience discomfort in your daily life, then give our team a call. We will schedule your appointment as soon as possible so that a treatment plan for your tooth pain can be developed.

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