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Are you suffering from severe tooth pain that will not go away? If so, then you may need to have a dental root canal done. Root canals, also referred to as endodontic treatments, are utilized in cases when the soft pulp tissue that is located inside of the tooth becomes diseased, injured or exposed. This frequently happens when a patient has a severe injury or advanced tooth decay. The procedure consists of a dentist removing the infected or injured pulp from the tooth so that the patient permanently gets rid of the pain that he or she has been feeling.

When Do You Need Dental Root Canal Treatment?

Root canals are necessary because the pulp inside of your tooth often can’t heal itself. By ridding the tooth of the damaged or diseased pulp, your dentist will be able to save your tooth. A root canal procedure may be necessary if you experience any of the symptoms listed below.

  • Moderate to severe pain in your tooth
  • Extreme tooth sensitivity
  • Pain that awakens you throughout the night
  • Tooth pain when you bite
  • Severe cavities or discoloration
  • Swollen gum tissue in the area surrounding the affected tooth

Call our office right away if you have been dealing with persistent tooth pain. We will get you in as soon as possible to discuss whether or not endodontic treatment is right for you.

Who Do I Need to See to Get a Root Canal?

Both general dentists and specialists referred to as endodontists can perform root canals. If your canal issue is fairly simple, your regular dentist will probably do it. If you have multiple root canals that need to be done, or if you have a previously failed endodontic treatment, your dentist may recommend that you see an endodontist. If you’ve been trying to find the best root canal dentist in town, then you’ve come to the right place. Call us today to schedule a consultation with one of our skilled dentists or endodontists.

How Are Root Canals Done?

A basic endodontic procedure will involve your dentist following the below steps.

  1. Providing you with a local anesthetic so that your tooth is numbed. This will prevent you from feeling any pain throughout the surgery.
  2. Placing a small shield around your tooth. This serves to isolate the tooth and keeps the surrounding area clean.
  3. Making an opening within the crown of the tooth so that the pulp chamber can be accessed.
  4. Removing the pulp, then cleaning and shaping the root canals with special instruments.
  5. Disinfecting the root canals with fluid. This fluid also removes any debris remaining within your root canals.
  6. Filling the canals with a rubber-like substance called gutta-percha.
  7. Placing a root canal crown over the top of your tooth. This keeps fractures from occurring later on.

You can expect to be in the office for one to two hours. More severe cases can expect their surgery to take longer.

What Does the Average Root Canal Cost?

The amount you owe after your endodontic treatment will depend on the number of roots in your tooth, the severity of the damage to your tooth, and whether you used a general dentist or an endodontist for the procedure. Front teeth generally cost less because they consist of only one root, while molars are more expensive because they consist of four roots. Your bill will also be higher if your problem is more advanced or if your dentist needed to perform special preparations in order to get the tooth ready for surgery. If you are concerned about cost, contact your dental insurance provider to see what kind of coverage is offered for root canals under your plan. Once you have had a thorough examination performed by one of our dentists, we will provide you with a detailed estimate of what your treatment will cost. Contact us today to learn more about how you can afford your endodontic treatment.

What Can You Tell Me About the Different Types of Root Canals Available?

Basic root canals are most often performed on molars, but they are also done on other kinds of teeth. There are also procedures available that will treat failed root canals, as well as procedures that will leave the nerves of the tooth completely intact.

How Painful Is it to Get a Root Canal?

Since you will be under a local anesthetic, you won’t feel any discomfort when you have your surgery. Your dentist will provide you with a pain management plan for after your procedure. If you are interested in receiving a root canal in Virginia, pick up the phone and get in touch with our skilled team of dental care providers today.

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