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What Is the Purpose of a Root Canal?
During root canal surgery, your dentist removes the infected soft tissue within your tooth’s pulp chamber and root canals. That infection can be caused by an injury, a crack in your tooth, or advanced decay that has allowed bacteria to reach your inner tooth. This type of infection can be painful, and treatment helps alleviate your pain while restoring your tooth.
Why Would My Dentist Recommend a Root Canal?
If your tooth pulp is infected, your dentist will likely recommend dental root canal treatment to save the tooth. Sometimes the infection is symptom-free, but most often, you’ll experience some of the following symptoms:
- Swollen, draining or tender gums
- Continuous tooth pain that is often severe
- Sensitivity to touch or temperature
- Pain when biting down or chewing
- Deep cavities
- Tooth discoloration
What Is a Root Canal Dentist?
An endodontist is a dentist who specializes in surgeries like root canals. In many cases, routine root canals can be performed by a general dentist. Endodontists often handle more complicated root canals and cases where follow-up root canals are needed.
What Does a Root Canal Procedure Involve?
The procedure usually takes one to two hours from start to finish. The procedure involves these steps:
- Your dentist numbs your tooth with a local anesthetic.
- A dental dam is placed around the tooth to isolate it and prevent saliva from covering the tooth.
- An opening is made in the crown of the tooth so your dentist can access the pulp chamber.
- Very small instruments are used to remove the infected pulp and clean out and shape the root canals.
- A disinfecting fluid is placed in the pulp chamber and root canals to clean them and flush out debris.
- A rubber-like material is used to fill the root canals, and an adhesive cement is used to seal them.
- A root canal crown caps your repaired tooth to give it strength and complete the restoration.
What Does a Root Canal Cost?
Your cost depends on many different issues, including:
- The severity of your tooth damage.
- The number of roots in your tooth. Front teeth have only one root; molars have four roots. So, root canals on front teeth usually cost less than root canals on back teeth.
- Your dental insurance coverage.
- Whether you are being treated by an endodontist or a general dentist.
Our dentists will provide you with a cost estimate after an evaluation of your tooth, so contact us now to schedule an appointment with our skilled providers.
What Types of Root Canals Are Available?
Standard root canals are most often used to treat diseased molars, but they can effectively restore any type of tooth, including front teeth. If you’ve had an unsuccessful prior dental root canal, an apicoectomy can be performed to remove the tooth root tip. A pulpotomy may also be an alternative, allowing the dentist to remove the infected tooth pulp but leaving the tooth’s nerve endings in place.
Is Treatment Painful?
Although people joke that root canals are painful, we’ll keep you comfortable during your treatment with the use of local anesthesia. If you’re suffering from tooth pain or other symptoms, don’t risk your health by delaying treatment. We can help relieve your pain with a root canal in Marietta. Call us now to schedule an appointment with our experienced dentists.