Root Canal Treatment

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 treatment 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.

When is a Root Canal Procedure Needed?

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:

  • Pain while eating or spontaneous constant pain
  • Chipped/ cracked tooth
  • Swelling in the gums
  • Prolonged sensitivity to hot and cold fluids
  • Injury to the tooth

What is Root Canal Treatment Procedure?

The process comprises of following steps-

  • Diagnosis of the infected tooth
  • Pulp removal
  • Replacing the pulp tissue with a rubber compound called gutta-percha
  • Crown placement
Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal Recovery

  • Post root canal procedure, the mouth will remain numb for 2-3 hours maximum.
  • You can resume office, college or other activities post procedure.
  • Wait for the numbness to wear off before drinking or eating.
  • Soreness can occur in the first 1-3 days after an endodontic treatment. Manage with Tylenol or Ibuprofen.
  • Avoid chewing food from the treated site till the root canal procedure is completed.
  • The brushing and flossing routine remains the same as before
  • If experiencing severe pain that can’t be managed with OTC pain meds, please call your dentist for a follow up evaluation.
Root Canal procedure

Benefits of Root Canal Process

  • Relieving tooth pain
  • Retaining natural teeth
  • No need to undertake dental implants procedure
  • Pain-free process
  • Value for money
  • Visually appealing
  • Preventing Jawbone degeneration
  • No difficulty in consuming hot or cold fluids and solid food

Root Canal Cost

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.

Specialized Equipment

First Point Dental is equipped with state-of-the art technology to deliver the highest quality of care to their patients. Take a look at the different equipment available for root canal treatment:

Digital Radiography (X-Rays)

  • Our dental clinics are equipped with modern digital x-ray equipment. Your digital x-rays will be examined on a high-resolution digital screen. Plus, the tooth can be x-rayed with less radiation. In our clinic, each digital x-ray is just 1/10th of the normal radiation exposure of the traditional dental x-ray.
  • Today, Digital x-ray technology provides better resolution than traditional methods. This helps the dentists in getting better diagnostic accuracy.
  • By enhancing the x-ray image, the dentist can explain the problem clearly and explain the treatment needed to save the teeth.
  • Images of infected teeth from your x-rays are stored confidentially on our secure database. In future follow-ups and oral treatment, we will have a picture of the progression or decline of the infection and decay.

Surgical Microscopes and Endoscopes

Our dental offices are equipped with advanced surgical microscopes and digital endoscope equipment. This is advantageous in diagnosing and treating difficult dental cases.

What it does:

  • Locating calcified or blocked canals,
  • Identifying tooth’s micro-fractures
  • Retrieving broken fragments of the instruments from the root canal
  • Identifying perforation of the tooth’s internal surface

Cone Beam Computerized Tomography (CBCT)

  • At First Point Dental, we believe in the idea of offering the best-specialized service. A 3-D Cone Beam CT (CBCT) allows us to do just that!
  • With this tool, our specialists can produce the highest resolution imaging to correctly diagnose and provide the corrective response to treatment.
  • The 3-D cone beam images are more accurate and complete with negligible radiation. 3-D cone beam images can be copied and stored for future reference.
  • The doctors have access to powerful, focused, 3D images, and a high-resolution x-ray of the oral cavity.
  • Complete visualization of lesions and anatomy
  • Access unseen anatomical detail to correctly diagnose the problem
  • Clear visualization of tooth canals as well as identifying the lesions source

Frequently Asked Questions

Root canal surgery is a comfortable dental procedure, similar to filling a cavity. Dental specialists at First Point Dental Clinics will make the teeth numb in order to give you a pain-free procedure. In situations where the infection is severe, it can be difficult to get the patient numb due to the acidity of the infection. In these instances, the dentist will often place the patient on antibiotics to minimize the infection and ensure greater comfort during the procedure.

Usually, the patients can return to work or school after the root canal procedure. Yet, the experience would differ from case to case. So, consult your dentist near you for post-surgery instructions.

Most dentists recommend waiting for a few hours post root canal treatment. One shouldn’t resume eating immediately because trauma to the tongue and cheeks can occur when the patient is numb. Once the anesthesia has worn off, you may continue with your usual diet.

A discount dental plan can help in saving you expenses from 10 % to 60% on root canal dental treatment. Consult your insurance provider regarding the coverage for endodontic treatment procedures.

Most patients will recover from endodontic treatment in a few days. In rare cases, the patient might feel complications like fever, numbness, and swelling. Consult your dentist regarding any problems post-surgery.

Brushing and flossing are essential after root canal treatment. However, one should be careful while brushing and flossing to avoid tooth irritation. There may be initial sensitivity in the days following treatment. Please exercise caution during that time.

A endodontic / root canal dental treatment duration would range from 1- 4 hours. In most cases, this is completed in one visit, however if the infection is severe or the tooth has many canals, this may take 2 visits.

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