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What’s the Purpose of Root Canal Surgery?
When one or more teeth are damaged inside, whether due to injury, disease or decay, a root canal can restore pain-free function to the tooth. The inside of a tooth contains a pulpy substance that’s filled with nerves and blood vessels that supply nourishment to the tooth. When the pulp is damaged, it can cause excruciating pain and the entire area can become unstable. A dental root canal treatment removes the damaged inner part of the tooth, which alleviates the pain and restores functionality to the tooth and the area around it. If you think you may have a damaged tooth that requires a root canal, call our office today.
Why Would I Need a Root Canal?
If you have a tooth that’s causing you severe pain, then you might need a root canal. Unlike other parts of the body, teeth can’t heal themselves, so when one is damaged, it often needs to be repaired or replaced by a dental professional. If you have any of the following symptoms, then you might be a good candidate for this procedure:
- One or more teeth that are discolored
- Deep cavities, especially around discolored teeth
- Moderate to excruciating pain in one or more teeth
- Nighttime pain that disrupts your sleep
- Temperature sensitivity
- Pain when chewing or biting down
- Swelling or inflammation around one or more teeth
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, then call our Manassas office for an appointment so that you can regain the pain-free function of your tooth.
Can My General Dentist Do Root Canals?
Most general dentists can perform routine root canals. Complicated procedures, such as those requiring multiple teeth or teeth that have multiple roots, might need to be referred to an endodontist. An endodontist specializes in the care and treatment of the interior of the teeth. Know that we can perform most routine root canals in our Manassas office, so if you need one, then call us today to schedule an appointment.
What’s the Procedure for Getting Root Canals?
If you have a routine root canal procedure, it normally takes one office visit and up to two hours. The following steps are generally the ones we follow, although yours may vary slightly depending on your unique needs.
- Your dentist will numb the local area of your tooth so that you won’t experience pain.
- We’ll then place a small shield around the tooth so that it remains clean.
- Your root canal dentist will drill a small hole in the tooth crown so that we can access the damaged area.
- We’ll remove the damaged pulp and then clean the area and shape the canals.
- The canals will be rinsed and disinfected.
- We’ll fill the canals with gutta-percha and then seal them.
- Your dentist will install a root canal crown to ensure that your tooth doesn’t crack.
It may take a day or two for the area to fully recover, but you should regain full use of the tooth and the surrounding area within a very short time. If you have any questions, then call our Manassas office and we’ll be happy to answer them.
Are Root Canals Expensive?
As with any dental procedure, the price of your root canal procedure will be unique to you. It will depend on several factors, including the scope of work to be done, the number and location of the teeth involved, any insurance benefits you have, and whether a specialist was needed. During your initial visit, we’ll provide you with a comprehensive estimate of the work that you need so that you’ll know your final root canal cost. If you need a dental root canal but can’t afford it, then we’ll work with you so that you don’t have to forego needed treatment because of financial constraints. Call us if you need more information or have any questions.
How Many Types of Root Canals Are There?
Most people have standard root canals whether for molars, front teeth or any other type of teeth. However, if you’re redoing a previous procedure, you might need an apicoectomy, which removes the tip of a root, or a pediatric pulpotomy, which removes damaged pulp but the nerves remain intact. Your dentist will advise you of the type of procedure you need during your initial visit, so call us if you want to schedule an appointment.
Will My Procedure Be Painful?
Root canals have an undeserved reputation for being very painful, but we’ll do our utmost to ensure your comfort throughout your procedure. We’ll anesthetize the area before we begin any work and we’ll make sure you’re comfortable during the entire process. If you need an endodontic procedure, don’t procrastinate because of the perceived level of pain. We have an excellent reputation in the local community for the quality of our work and we strive to maintain our high level of dentistry. If you need a root canal in Manassas, then call Dental One Associates of Manassas at (571) 535-2365 and schedule an appointment. Your good dental health is essential to your good physical health, so call us today. We look forward to helping you restore the function of your teeth.