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What Are Root Canals?
Inside each tooth is a pulpy mass that contains nerves and blood vessels. Sometimes, the inside of a tooth can be damaged due to infection or trauma. When this happens, you may be left in excruciating pain that can only be alleviated by a root canal. Also called endodontic surgery, this procedure removes the damaged pulp from your tooth or teeth and replaces it with a rubbery substance called gutta-percha. After a root canal procedure, your tooth pain will disappear, and you will regain the function of your tooth. If you need a root canal in Fredericksburg, then call our office and schedule an appointment.
How Will I Know If I Need a Root Canal?
If you’re experiencing severe pain in one or more of your teeth, you may need one or more root canals. Other signs that you may need this procedure include:
- Discoloration of one or more teeth
- Deep cavities in one or more teeth
- Moderate or severe pain in one or more teeth
- Sensitivity to heat or cold
- Pain when biting down
- Inflammation or swelling around one or more teeth
- Intense pain during the night
Any of these may indicate the need for root canal surgery, so call our Fredericksburg office for an appointment or for more information.
Do I Need a Specialist If I Need One Or More Root Canals?
Depending on the complexity of the procedure, many general dentists can perform root canals. If several teeth or several roots are involved, you may need an endodontist. If so, then we’ll refer you to a local specialist who will be able to address your complex problem. Otherwise, one of our dentists can perform your procedure in our office.
What Steps Are Involved in the Root Canal Procedure?
If you have a simple procedure, it can often be accomplished in one office visit that can take up to two hours. Your procedure may vary slightly depending on your needs, but generally, the procedure is as follows:
- We’ll numb the area surrounding your tooth so that you won’t experience pain.
- We’ll put a small shield around the tooth so that it remains clean.
- Your dentist will drill a small hole in the top of the tooth so that we can access the pulp.
- We’ll remove the damaged material, then we’ll clean the area and shape the root canals.
- We’ll rinse the canals and disinfect them.
- We’ll fill them with gutta-percha and then seal them.
- Your dentist will install a crown to ensure that your tooth doesn’t crack.
- Your tooth and the surrounding area will then be restored to pain-free function within a day or two, and you can resume using the tooth.
How Much Does a Root Canal Cost?
As with any dental procedure, the cost of your dental root canal treatment will be unique to you. During your initial consultation, we’ll provide you with a comprehensive estimate of your cost, which will be influenced by several factors, such as:
- The type and location of the tooth or teeth involved
- The number of roots involved
- The material used for the root canal crown
- Any additional work needed
- Any insurance benefits that you have
- Whether a specialist was needed
What Types of Root Canals Are There?
For most procedures, a standard dental root canal is sufficient, both for molars and for front teeth. However, if you need a previous procedure redone, you might need an apicoectomy. This is where the dentist or endodontist removes the tip of the root. Or, you might need a pediatric pulpotomy, which removes damaged pulp but the nerve remains intact. Your dentist will advise you of the type of procedure that you need during your appointment, but if you have any questions, feel free to call our Fredericksburg office and we’ll be happy to answer them.
What About Tooth Pain After a Root Canal?
Although root canals have the reputation of being very painful, we do our best to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure. We numb the area before we begin any type of work and we’ll check with you throughout the procedure to ensure that you’re comfortable. If you need endodontic therapy, don’t procrastinate because you fear the level of pain involved. We have several types of pain therapies that we can use, so be sure to call our Fredericksburg office if you have concerns in this area or want to make an appointment.
We’re skilled and experienced providers of endodontic therapy, so if you need a root canal dentist, call Dental One Associates of Fredericksburg at (540) 765-4655 and let us help you. We’re sure you’ll be happy with your pain-free life, so call us today to schedule a root canal procedure for your damaged tooth. We look forward to speaking with you and working with you.