Root canal treatment is a straightforward procedure to relieve dental pain and save your natural teeth. Patients usually need a root canal when there is an inflammation or infection in the roots of a tooth (the pulp). At the time of root canal treatment, an endodontist will carefully remove the pulp. The endodontist will then clean and disinfect the pulp chamber and shape the root canals. As a final step the endodontist will places a filling to seal the space.
So you’ve been told that you need a root canal:
No need to panic! Technology has come a long way and modern root canal when done by an endodontist is a quick, comfortable experience that’s comparable to a routine dental filling. Millions of teeth are saved each year with endodontic treatment, allowing our patients to protect and maintain their natural dentition, function and aesthetics.
Inside each tooth, underneath the hard white enamel layer, you will find a layer of dentin which is slightly porous and not as hard as the enamel. In the center of the tooth is a chamber that runs through the entire tooth as well as its roots. That chamber and canals hold the soft tissue called the pulp. The pulp contains the blood, nerve and lymph supply that was used to grow the roots of the tooth during tooth development. In a mature, fully developed tooth, the pulp tissue can be removed while the tooth remains fully functional, as at this stage it is nourished by the connective tissue surrounding the roots.
When Do You Need a Root Canal Treatment?
Some of the signs to look for that may indicate a need for a root canal include, tenderness to touch or chewing, prolonged sensitivity to cold or heat, swelling, drainage, tenderness in the lymph nodes, tooth discoloration, and tenderness in the nearby bone and gum tissues. Sometimes, however, you may not experience any of the above but a root canal is still indicated.
Root Canal Treatment
Endodontist makes a small opening through the crown of the tooth. Through that access, very small stainless steel as well as rotary nickel titanium instruments are used to remove infected tissue and debris. After pulp is removed canals are cleaned and shaped. Endodontist then cements the root canal with filling material. The tooth is then restored to full function and aesthetics by your family dentist.
Root canal treatment is noninvasive and has a short recovery time, easily managed with analgesics prescribed by us, your endodontists. This procedure does not cause pain, it is done to relieve it!
How much does a root canal cost?
The cost associated with this procedure can vary depending on factors such as the severity of damage to the affected tooth and which tooth is affected. In general, endodontic treatment is much less expensive than tooth extraction and replacement with a dental implant.