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Root canals are dental procedures; they’re performed on one or more teeth that have a significant amount of decay. Usually, the decay has reached the pulpy center of the tooth and is causing substantial pain or discomfort. It may also be adversely affecting your health.
A root canal, medically termed endodontic therapy, will clean the decay from the tooth and prepare it for a bridge or a cap. This procedure can also be needed after an injury. Either way, it’s considered oral surgery and will alleviate your pain and help restore your good oral health. If you think you need to have endodontic therapy, call our Detroit office and let us schedule an appointment for you.
When Is A Root Canal Necessary?
When a tooth has been severely damaged or has a significant amount of decay, endodontic therapy may be the only method for restoring the tooth to full functionality and alleviating your pain. If you have one or more of the following issues, you may need this procedure:
- Large cavities
- Pain when you bite down
- Swelling of the gums that surround the tooth
- Tooth pain that ranges from moderate to severe and may awaken you from sleep
- Temperature sensitivity or sensitivity to touch
If you have one or more of these issues, call our Detroit office to schedule an appointment and alleviate your pain.
Do All Dentists Perform Dental Root Canals?
Most general dentists can perform root canals, but for difficult or complicated procedures, you might be referred to a specialist known as an endodontist. If you think you may need a root canal dentist or an endodontist, then call our Detroit office today and we can refer you to one of our specialists. Alleviate your pain, don’t suffer any longer if you need endodontic therapy. Call us today.
What Happens During A Root Canal?
A dental root canal treatment usually takes up to two hours and one office visit. There are several steps involved in an endodontic therapy procedure, and most likely you’ll experience the following:
- The area around the tooth will be numbed so that you’re not in pain.
- Your dentist will put a shield in place to keep the area clean.
- We’ll make a hole in the top of the tooth so that we can access the pulpy interior.
- We’ll remove the pulp, and cleanse the area.
- We’ll fill the canals with disinfectant fluid that will also remove any debris that remains, then we’ll flush out that fluid.
- We’ll fill the canals with gutta-percha, which is a rubber-like substance.
- We’ll install a root canal crown on your tooth, which will inhibit fracturing and restore functionality to your tooth.
- At this point, your tooth should be usable again and your pain should have dissipated.
What’s the Cost of a Dental Root Canal?
Your root canal cost will be unique to you due to your unique situation. Factors that will influence the cost of your endodontic procedure include the amount of work that needs to be done, the complexity of the procedure, your overall health, and your insurance plan provisions. Some teeth, such as molars, have multiple roots, so an endodontic treatment for one of them is more expensive than it is for other types of teeth.
We’re happy to provide insurance billing for our patients, but plan coverage varies considerably. If you need more detailed information on the cost of your root canal procedure, please call our Detroit office and let us help you. We can provide a more accurate quote but we need information that’s specific to you. Also, you can schedule an appointment and we’ll provide you with a comprehensive estimate of both the cost and the duration of your treatment at that appointment. You can also obtain more specific information from your plan provider.
Are There Different Types of Root Canals?
Standard endodontic therapy can be used for all types of teeth, including molars. However, there are times when another type of endodontic treatment is necessary, like one of the following:
- Apicoectomy: This procedure removes the root of a tooth after an unsuccessful endodontic procedure.
- Pediatric Pulpotomy: This removes diseased or damaged pulp but the nerves remain intact.
Are Root Canals Painful?
To the contrary, root canals aren’t painful. We do our utmost to ensure your comfort throughout your procedure whether it’s an extraction or endodontic treatment. We use local anesthetics to ensure your comfort and we’re experts at making our patients feel at ease. If you need endodontic treatment or any other type of dental work, call us today.
Don’t delay needed dentistry because you’re afraid of pain. Poor dental health can adversely affect your entire body, so call our Detroit office today and schedule an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you and getting you back on track to good dental health, so call us today.