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Should I Get A Root Canal?
If a tooth is decayed or fractured Endodontic treatment is used to save a tooth. Root canals are Endodontic treatments. This procedure is finished in one or two visits determined by the required work. When the operation is completed the tooth will act like a normal tooth.
What Is An Endodontist?
An Endodontist is a dentist that has had 2 years of extra education and specializes in procedures that involve the interior of the tooth. Most commonly you’ll find that an Endodontist is called in by a dentist or other dental professional when a root canal is necessary. Of course, Endodontists do more than just work on root canals. It is their goal to save the natural tooth and have oftentimes been dubbed, Specialists in Saving Teeth. If you are unsure of whether you are in need of endodontic treatment, our dentist can examine your mouth and let you know if an Endodontist needs to be brought in.
Common Symptoms of Root Canals
Schedule a consultation with a dentist if you experience:
- Discoloration gum or tooth pain or sensitivity
- An abscess
- Pus drainage
- Tenderness or swelling of your lymph nodes
Periodically a complication can arise without warnings. An x-ray will be able to identify which tooth is damaged.
What Happens During A Root Canal
An Endodontist will extract the diseased pulp around the tooth’s nerve. The pulp chamber of the tooth will be cleaned medicated and sealed. A dental crown will be used to strengthen and protect the tooth.
What Happens If I Need A Root Canal
After analyzing your x-ray an Endodontist will examine your gums teeth and bone structure. A treatment will be constructed and will be discussed with you. If a root canal is necessary:
- A numbing agent will be applied to an affected area.
- A dental dam is used to separate and keep your teeth clean and saliva free.
- The tooth will have a hole made in the top and the nerve and pulp will be extracted to be replaced with a filling.
- A substitute filling is implanted pending your next consultation.
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Root Canals FAQ
Q: What is a root canal?
A: A procedure where bacteria is removed from the root of the tooth.
Q: Is it painful after the treatment?
A: You will feel tenderness for a couple of days and pain will last 17 to 24 hours. You can use over the counter pain. If you experience pain past a couple of days contact your oral surgeon.
Q: How long is the procedure?
A: It is determined by the severity of your root canal you may need multiple visits with each visit taking between 30 and 90 minutes.
Q: Is the procedure painful?
A: If your pulp is dead your nerves will feel no pain if it’s alive local anesthetic will be administered.
Q: What is the recovery time?
A: After your procedure you should encounter gradual healing after 7 days.
Q: How much is a root canal?
A: It is determined by the intricacy of the surgery and the type of insurance.