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What Can You Tell Me About Root Canals?

Also known as endodontic treatment, a dental root canal is a procedure done by a dentist that removes damaged, infected or exposed pulp from the tooth. People who have injured or diseased pulp experience severe tooth pain and often can’t go about their daily lives because of it. Root canals enable the patient to save his or her tooth while also allowing them to live their lives without a persistent severe toothache.

Why Do I Need Root Canal Treatment?

Endodontic treatment is usually needed because in many cases the soft pulp tissue located within the tooth is unable to heal itself when it becomes damaged or diseased. Advanced tooth decay or severe injury to the mouth can lead to this happening. If you’re curious about whether or not you need to pursue endodontic treatment, you should consider whether or not you have been experiencing the following symptoms.

  • Tooth pain that won’t go away
  • A tooth that hurts so much that it wakes you up when you’re asleep
  • Tooth pain when you bit down on something
  • Swollen gums around your sore tooth
  • A sensitive tooth
  • Large cavities or a discolored tooth

If you have any of the above symptoms, you should call our office immediately. There is no need to continue living in pain when a simple procedure can fix the issue for you.

Can a General Dentist Perform a Root Canal Procedure?

If you are in need of basic endodontic treatment, you will be able to have your general dentist perform your procedure. If you have previously undergone this treatment and it failed, or if your tooth issue is severe, your dentist may refer you to an endodontist. If you’ve been seeking far and wide for a skilled root canal dentist, look no further. Our team of dental professionals is ready to help.

What Will My Dentist Do During My Dental Root Canal Treatment?

The standard procedure for root canals consists of several steps. These include:

  1. Numbing the tooth via the use of anesthetic.
  2. Placing a shield around the tooth so that it is isolated and the area remains free from contamination.
  3. Opening the crown so the dentist can reach the pulp chamber.
  4. Removing the pulp and cleaning out the root canals.
  5. Placing fluid into the canals in order to disinfect them, as well as to get rid of any debris left within them.
  6. Filling the canals with gutta-percha and then sealing them off.
  7. Capping the tooth with a root canal crown to prevent fractures in the tooth.

In most cases, you can expect your procedure to last for a couple of hours. More complex surgeries may take longer.

Are Root Canals Affordable?

Root canal cost is one of the things that our patients are most concerned about. That’s why we provide our patients with a detailed estimate of what they can expect to pay for endodontic treatment. Your cost will vary depending on a number of things. Some of the most important factors that come into figuring out your bill are the severity of the damage done to your tooth, the kind of preparation your dentist will need to do for the tooth before surgery can occur, the number of roots present within the affected tooth, and whether or not you need an endodontist to perform the surgery. Many of our patients have coverage for root canals available to them via their dental insurance providers. To find out more about what kind of coverage you are entitled to under your plan, contact your dental insurance company today.

What Are the Different Types of Root Canals Available?

While the standard procedure used for endodontic treatment is typically utilized for molars, it also works well for the other types of teeth in your mouth. There are more complex types of root canals available. For instance, an apicoectomy is done when the tip of a root needs to be removed after a failed endodontic treatment. A pediatric pulpotomy is done when the dentist wants to remove the infected pulp while leaving the nerves within the tooth fully intact.

Does It Hurt When You Have a Root Canal Done?

It is a common misconception that roots canals are extremely painful. The fact of the matter is that local anesthetic is always used. This means that patients don’t feel anything at all throughout their treatment. If you are experiencing symptoms that indicate that you are in need of a root canal in Fairfax, contact our staff today. We will assist you in scheduling your first appointment so that you can determine whether or not endodontic treatment is right for you.

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