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A root canal might sound scary but it’s a fairly standard dental procedure performed on millions of Americans every year. Don’t worry as our team of dental specialists will explain the importance of root canal and how they will help you in maintaining a happy, healthy smile.
Also known as endodontic treatment, it is the process of removing the inflamed or infected pulp tissue from within the tooth performed under anesthesia. Dental pulp is a mass of connective tissue that resides within the center of the tooth. In most cases, a general dentist or endodontist performs a root canal on the patient under local anesthesia.
Tooth decay is caused by bacteria, the pulp’s defense against bacteria is inflammation called pulpitis. Irreversible pulpitis is the term used to describe the level of inflammation where the pulp tissue did not recover and heal. Eventually this leads to an infected pulp (dead nerve) followed by dental abscess (infection).
The bacteria after affecting the pulp seeps into the canal system which if left untreated can spread out of the tooth and could cause pathology and infection in the bone surrounding the tooth.
A root canal can be indicated when suffering from a cracked tooth, when tooth decay has spread to the nerve, trauma, or when causing extreme sensitivity due to a deep filling.
Other symptoms signaling a need for a root canal:
The process comprises of following steps-
The endodontic treatment cost depends on multiple factors like the specific tooth requiring treatment, the clinic’s location, and the dentist’s expertise.
The average cost of root canal treatment is $1,020 and does vary from clinic to clinic. This can vary based upon which tooth is being treated, as larger teeth in the back of the mouth have more nerve canals that require treatment compared to a single canaled tooth in the front of the mouth. Various insurance companies often offer their own prices for what they will cover for a root canal, so exact prices can only be determined after running your insurance to determine what your treatment cost will be.
Our dental offices are equipped with advanced surgical microscopes and digital endoscope equipment. This is advantageous in diagnosing and treating difficult dental cases.
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