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Is a Dental Root Canal the Same as Endodontic Therapy?
Endodontic therapy is the medical term for a root canal. Many general dentists can perform routine endodontic therapy, but if you need a complicated procedure, then we may refer you to an endodontic specialist, who’s called an endodontist. If you think you need endodontic therapy, call our Warren office and we can help you. If you need an endodontist, we can refer you to one of our qualified, local endodontists.
When Would I Need a Root Canal Treatment?
If you’re experiencing persistent pain in one or more of your teeth or if you have any of the following, then you may need endodontic therapy.
- Severe and persistent pain in one or more teeth
- A large cavity or tooth discoloration
- Swelling or inflammation of the gums surrounding a tooth
- Pain when you bite or chew
- Pain that interferes with your sleep
- Touch or temperature sensitivity
If you’re experiencing any of these, then call our Warren office to schedule an appointment. Sometimes, root canals are the only way that we can save your teeth, so if you need endodontic therapy, it is important that you get in touch with our office. If you don’t fix a root canal when it is relatively small, it can escalate into a larger problem quickly, costing more money and time.
How Do I Locate a Good Root Canal Dentist?
Many general dentists can perform routine root canals, so if you need to have one, call our Warren office and we’ll schedule an appointment for you. During your initial visit, your dentist will determine if you need to see a specialist or if we can provide your endodontic therapy.
What’s the Process for a Typical Root Canal Procedure?
Most standard root canals can be accomplished in one office visit that lasts up to two hours. The standard process is as follows;
- We’ll numb the area around the tooth so that you don’t feel any pain.
- We’ll install a temporary protective shield around the tooth to keep the area clean.
- Your dentist will drill a hole in the crown of the tooth so that we can access the part that’s problematic.
- We’ll remove the infected pulp and cleanse the area, then we’ll make the canals.
- Using a disinfectant fluid, we’ll flush the canals to remove any debris and make sure they canals are sterile.
- We’ll fill the canals with gutta-percha, which is a flexible substance.
- Your dentist will install a root canal crown, and your procedure will be complete.
- When your crown is installed, your tooth will be functional again and your pain should be alleviated. However, if you continue to have pain or discomfort after your treatment, call our office and speak to one of our dental professionals.
What Will My Root Canal Cost?
The cost of each endodontic therapy procedure is unique to the patient, but your dentist will provide you with a detailed breakdown of both the work that you need and the cost that you’ll incur. Factors that will influence the final cost of your procedure include:
- The scope of work that you need, including any additional treatments
- Your overall health
- The type of tooth treated — some teeth have more roots and are therefore more expensive
- Your insurance plan benefits
If you need a dental root canal treatment, don’t delay in making an appointment. Poor oral health can negatively impact your overall health, so call our Warren office today to schedule a consultation.
Are There Multiple Types of Root Canals?
Usually, a standard root canal is performed on molars, but other types of teeth can also require root canals. Two of the alternatives to standard endodontic therapy are an apicoectomy, which is usually required after a prior endodontic therapy that wasn’t successful, or a pediatric pulpotomy, which removes the problematic pulp but leaves the nerves intact and functional. Your dentist will advise you if you need an alternative to the standard endodontic therapy during your initial consultation in our Warren office.
Is This Procedure Exceedingly Painful?
Although root canals have a very poor reputation, they are, in fact, not very painful. We do our utmost to maximize your comfort and minimize your discomfort during your procedure. We have the reputation of being one of the best in the area, and we strive to maintain that reputation. If you need dental work, don’t procrastinate because you fear the pain. We’ll do our best to ensure you’re comfortable, so call our Warren office at (586) 933-5516 and let us help you restore your good dental health. We look forward to speaking with you and welcoming you to our dental family.