Root canal therapy is a common and simple dental procedure with over 15 million performed each year. The painless endodontic treatment can not only cure your tooth pain but also preserve your natural teeth and save you from needing implants or bridges. Understanding the benefits of the procedure should eliminate any fears you may have regarding this endodontic treatment. By visiting a trained and experienced endodontist, the risk of infection is practically non-existent.
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What Is a Root Canal?
Root canal therapy is an advanced procedure to thoroughly clean out the pulp chamber and canals of an infected tooth. Sometimes referred to as endodontic therapy. It’s an effective way to save a tooth from extraction. If it’s your first time having the procedure, you may feel a little nervous. You have nothing to fear as it is a common procedure for your family dentist.
Since your teeth aren’t exactly a renewable resource, it’s nice to know that diseased and injured teeth can be saved. It wasn’t too long ago that these teeth had to be pulled. But today, you can avoid extraction with the help of specialists like those at Broadway Family Dental.
A root canal dentist is called an endodontist. Endodontics deals with treating disease and injury to your dental pulp. If your pulp becomes infected or inflamed, it creates large amounts of pressure on your tooth. The sooner you catch the problem and seek treatment, the greater the chance of saving it from extraction.
It’s perfectly normal and natural to have some fears about going to the dentist especially when it’s for more than a basic cleaning. It helps to be fully informed about what’s involved in a root canal treatment.
When Do You Need a Root Canal?
A root canal procedure is performed because the dental pulp in the tooth’s center has become infected or injured. Usually, the dental pulp is protected by the tooth structure around it, but it can expose the pulp if a tooth becomes damaged. Once the pulp is exposed, bacteria in the mouth will infect it, causing that characteristic pain of a severe toothache.
Conditions that can cause damage to the pulp of your tooth include:
- Severe decay
- Large fillings
- A crack in the tooth
- A chip in the tooth
- Facial trauma
- Repeated procedures on your tooth
You may need a tooth treatment procedure if you have severe tooth pain preventing you from eating or sleeping. Infected teeth can either hurt continuously or ache when you put pressure on them when eating. The affected tooth may also feel sensitive to hot and cold temperatures.
What To Expect During a Root Canal Procedure?
After diagnosing your tooth infection, your dentist can plan your treatment. Sometimes they may immediately prescribe antibiotics to take before the dental endodontic procedure is performed. During the actual procedure, the tooth is anesthetized to prevent pain and is isolated using a rubber dam. Your dentist will use a drill to access the pulp chamber and thoroughly clean out the pulp chamber and the root canals.
Often a microscope is used to visualize this area more clearly as it’s crucial to remove all signs of infection and diseased tissue. Your dental x-ray will show the extent of the infection and tell your dentist how many root canals must be cleaned as the number can vary according to the tooth requiring treatment, and sometimes they can be curved and tricky to clean thoroughly. Sometimes other tools are used to measure the root canals and to make sure they are cleaned properly.
Once your dentist has completed this procedure, they disinfect and seal the tooth. Often, gutta-percha, an antibacterial, natural, and biocompatible material is used to seal the canals. The material expands once inside the root canals, permanently filling them. Otherwise, a resin material may be used, and if your dentist isn’t sure the infection is entirely removed, they may place a temporary filling. The temporary filling gives your tooth time to heal and allows your dentist to check the infection is eliminated before the tooth is permanently restored.
Root canal treatment is quite complex and intricate, but it shouldn’t feel any worse for you than an ordinary filling. Afterward, your tooth should feel far more comfortable, although it may take a few days for it to settle down completely.
How Long Does a Root Canal Take?
Root canal procedure time is around 60 to 90 minutes, depending on where your infected tooth is located. Different types of teeth have a different number of roots. Certain bicuspids have three roots, and some molars have up to five. The specialist will first determine the number of roots by performing an X-ray. Around 20 minutes is needed for each canal, with additional time for preparation and fabrication of the crown.
How Much Does a Root Canal Cost?
The cost of root canal treatment is usually covered by insurance, but it’s important to seek urgent dental care even if it isn’t. Without considering the specifics of your situation, it isn’t easy to estimate the cost without insurance. The endodontic procedure involves several steps and factors that determine the final cost. The total fee will vary for each person’s individual situation.
Do Root Canals Hurt?
One of the most common questions people ask their endodontists regarding this procedure is, “how painful is a root canal?” With today’s technology, the procedure is practically the same as getting a tooth filling. A local anesthetic is used to numb the tooth entirely, making the whole treatment process completely pain-free. Most patients are surprised by how fast, easy, and painless it is.
Root Canal Procedure
Your dentist begins the procedure by taking X-rays of your tooth. It’s important to determine if there is an infection present as quickly as possible. The next step is for your tooth to be covered and numbed.
Once you’re good and numb, the specialist removes the pulp from your pulp chamber and the tube-like canal inside the root of your tooth. Next, the pulp chamber is filled with medicine to kill any excess bacteria. Then, the canals in the root of your tooth that got hollowed out are usually sealed with a rubbery material.
Often a tooth requiring root canal therapy is substantially decayed and needs a crown to prevent further infection. You will need to return to have a permanent filling and crown made and fitted. A crown helps restore your tooth so you can bite and chew. A temporary filling will seal and protect the tooth until your next visit.
What Does Root Canal Recovery Entail?
Pain after root canal surgery is limited to some degree of tenderness in your jaw from holding it open for a prolonged period of time. There shouldn’t be any pain in the tooth itself because the nerve has been removed. You shouldn’t be able to feel anything in that tooth.
Any minor discomfort or pain can be eased with acetaminophen or ibuprofen. However, recovery after the root canal procedure is a lot less painful than you may believe. Although if you get an infection, it can be excruciating and can significantly increase your recovery time.
Root canal infection can result from:
- The canal not being fully cleaned out
- A small crack left unnoticed
- Defective restoration over your root canal
- Breakdown of the sealant
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Do you have any questions for the best endodontist Dr. Ella Dekhtyar regarding the root canal procedure? Would you like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Dekhtyar of Broadway Family and Cosmetic Dentistry? Please contact our office for a consultation with the top root canal endodontic specialist in Brooklyn.
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