What is Root Canal Therapy
Endodontic Procedures and Root Canal Procedure Explained
Root canal therapy and endodontic procedures are a series of treatments for the pulps of teeth that have likely become decayed, which helps eradicate the potential for further microbial attacks or decaying of teeth. A root canal is a procedure done to rescue a tooth after decay has set in or could result in other problems, like damage to the root of the tooth. The root of the tooth sometimes develops a single or multiple cavities known as a root canal. It is very important to address any issues with affected teeth so as stop the potential spread of infections and prevent further pain from the area.
The root canal and chamber of the pulp are both hollowed space in teeth that hold tightly packed nerves and blood vessels. These things together make up the dental pulp. Endodontic therapeutic treatments are comprised of the elimination of these parts, as well as the reshaping, cleansing, and decontaminating of the hollow spaces of the affected tooth, or teeth, with a collection of small tools used for irrigation, filing, and filling of disinfected root canals. During the root canal procedure, the infected pulp is taken from the gum line, the root of the infected tooth is cleaned, then refilled with artificially constructed resin that simulates the removed pulp. The material used is the filling is typically a eugenol-based cement or gutta-percha. It is also possible that an epoxy resin is used in some cases. A crown is then place over the top of the tooth to give extra protection from breakage or cracking. Most procedures are done with the use of a local anesthesia; however, the use of stronger agents, like nitrous oxide, are made available for general anesthesia for more serious cases.
Preventing the loss of your teeth is critical to be able to bite and chew food. Keeping all of your natural teeth also prevents other teeth from moving within your mouth. It will also maintain the integrity of the bone density in the jaw. In additional, preserving your natural teeth will add to your confidence and keep you with a healthy smile.
What does a root canal do?
A root canal is a very common dental procedure and is one of the most critical steps to saving a tooth from extraction. The primary target of the root canal is the problems within the pulp, which once infected can cause a multitude of painful side effects.
If you are suffering from any pain in specific teeth, the mouth area, jaw, or even head, make an appointment with an experienced endodontic specialist to explore what could be causing your pain and what can be done to stop it. Root canal therapy can be one of the most effective resources in preserving your smile.
The rate of success with these procedures is high, over ninety percent of experiences with root canal therapy produce positive results. If there is a situation that could directly affect the success rate of the procedure, the patient is informed of this and alert of their options either to proceed or take additional measures.
What to Expect After a Root Canal
What are the steps after an endodontic treatment?
Although, root canal procedures do not typically produce complications after completion, the patient will have the opportunity to schedule an appointment for a follow-up restoration. Should there be any abnormal swelling or unusual side effects, contact us immediately to get you in for an examination.
Root Canal Symptoms and Signals
When the pulp is infected is when root canals are called for, so there will likely be a fair bit of pain and swelling. Other things to notice or that you may experience include any tenderness or swelling around the gum line. You may also experience pain without a noticeable event causing it or it may be painful to apply pressure to a certain tooth. Sensitivity to hot or cold things may also cause pain that lasts for a period of a couple of minutes or longer.
What happens after treatment?
When your root canal therapy has been completed, a record of your treatment will be sent to your restorative dentist. You should contact their office for a follow-up restoration within a few weeks of completion at our office. Your restorative dentist will decide on what type of restoration is necessary to protect your tooth. It is rare for endodontic patients to experience complications after routine endodontic treatment or microsurgery. If a problem does occur, however, we are available at all times to respond.
How much will it 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. We are happy and more than willing to thoroughly discuss cost with you prior to any procedures, but this is best done on the phone or in person. We make several different payment options available for your convenience and budget.
In general, endodontic treatment is much less expensive than tooth removal and replacement with an artificial tooth or bridge.