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What Is Root Canal Surgery?
Inside your tooth is a chamber of soft pulp tissue made of blood vessels and nerves. When deep tooth decay reaches this area of the tooth, you may experience severe pain and gum swelling. Since this pulp tissue can’t repair itself, dental root canal therapy is necessary to remove the infected pulp. This procedure, sometimes referred to as endodontic treatment, soothes pain and restores your tooth’s function.
When Do I Need A Root Canal?
This treatment is necessary when dental pulp tissue is infected or severely damaged. These are a few signs your tooth needs treatment:
- Unrelenting tooth pain, severe or moderate
- Pain when chewing or biting down
- Deep cavities
- Swelling of the gums or a persistent gum pimple
- Sensitivity to touch, or hot and cold temperatures
- Pain that wakes you during sleep
Do You Need a Special Dentist to Perform Root Canals?
An endodontist or a general dentist can perform the procedure. Typically, endodontists are consulted for teeth that need additional root canals or for complex cases. If you require a root canal dentist, call our office today.
What Happens During My Root Canal Procedure?
Knowing what to expect during the procedure is important. The procedure usually takes one to two hours. Here’s what you can expect:
- Your dentist will numb your gums and teeth.
- A small rubber shield is placed around the affected tooth to keep the area clean.
- A small opening in the crown of your tooth is made so the dentist can access the tooth’s pulp chamber.
- The affected tooth pulp is removed, and your dentist cleans the dental root canals.
- Root canals are filled with fluid and medicine to clean out debris and disinfect the canal.
- A rubbery material is then used to fill the canals, and the area is sealed.
- A root canal crown is placed over the site.
How Much Will I Spend on a Root Canal Treatment?
Several factors affect the root canal cost, including how severely your tooth is damaged. Dental insurance may cover some of the costs involved in the procedure. We’ll estimate the cost for you once our dentist examines you. Contact our office for an appointment today.
Are There Different Types of Root Canals?
Molar root canals are most common, but this procedure is suitable for most teeth. There are a few alternatives to a complete root canal procedure, including apicoectomy. During an apicoectomy, the end of the root is removed.
Is Dental Root Canal Treatment Painful?
There’s no need to worry that treatment is painful. We use local anesthesia to keep our patients free from pain throughout the treatment. Don’t ignore signs that your tooth needs endodontic treatment. Delaying therapy puts your tooth and your health at risk. Call us as soon as you experience any of the warning signs. We’ll connect you with one of our skilled providers for a root canal in Brooksville.