Root canal treatment, also called endodontic treatment, is the process by which diseased tissue inside the tooth’s pulp (nerve) is removed, and the inside of the tooth (cavity) is cleaned and sealed to prevent future infection or pain. Tooth decay happens when bacteria in your mouth mix with food and produces acids that attack your teeth’s hard enamel coating and cause it to deteriorate and break away. These acids are highly toxic, but they don’t stop there.
Root Canal Treatment: What Is Involved
A root canal is a dental procedure to remove the infected tissue in the tooth, along with bacteria and other material, which have caused an infection. Root canals are considered deep cavity treatments for teeth. Root canals are typically used to treat two main problems: when the non-restorable pulp is exposed or severely damaged; or when the patient has experienced chronic exposure from repeated infections. The goal of the root canal procedure is to clean and restore vitality (blood flow) to your tooth by removing the diseased cells and filling it with new material that will help prevent further decay or infections.
Root Canal Treatment Types
Root canals are one of the most common procedures for teeth and usually involve removing an inflamed nerve from inside a tooth and treating the inside of the tooth with special medications to reduce pain. The process is thought to be highly successful if the dentist takes the time and care necessary to make sure all of the inflamed tissue is removed from within the tooth. Unfortunately, it can be difficult for us to know when we need to return because many factors affect our pain tolerance level or sensitivity. That said, some indicators indicate you may need another root canal treatment done. If you notice any tenderness on the gum line, fever, white patches in your mouth (abscesses), swelling on your face or neck (periapical abscess) as well as bad breath or difficulty chewing on that side of your mouth it’s best to call your dentist immediately.
Endodontist Vs. General Dentist
Root canals are the most common dental procedure. They are treatments for when there is an infection or damage in the tooth’s pulp (the living center of the tooth). The dentist will first remove any remaining infected or decayed pulp, and then fill it with an inert substance such as gutta-percha. A crown or other restoration may be added if necessary.
Root canals can also be performed by endodontists and general dentists. Endodontists specialize in root canal treatment and working on teeth below the gum line. This makes them better at treating teeth that have been damaged due to infections caused by cracked or chipped teeth, tumors, receding gums and fractures caused by falls or injuries, etc.
Getting The Right Diagnosis
It is not necessary to get a CT scan or an MRI to diagnose your tooth and decide whether it needs a root canal. The radiologist will use the x-rays that he takes and he will then be able to determine whether there are any signs of tooth decay. In addition, he can measure how deep the infection has spread as well as its severity. He will give you his opinion and you’ll either choose to go through with the treatment or not.
Potential Risks And Complications
The fact is that the bacteria that cause periodontal disease (gum disease) usually live on the teeth or in pockets around the tooth, below the gum line. It is not unusual for many people to have these small pockets of bacterial build-up along with larger infections. The small pockets tend to release bacteria as food particles and bacteria are released as a result of chewing and saliva mixing in those areas. This makes it very likely for this oral health issue to occur again once the root canal therapy has been completed.
Cost Of Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatments are generally done to prevent tooth decay or infection. All cavities and large filling holes need to be corrected before the final restoration is placed. Root canal treatments can range from $700-$1,000, but they can be cheaper if the treatment is under warranty and needs to be done for medical reasons. The average cost of an uncomplicated (one canal) root-canal procedure is $650-$850, depending on the geographical area of practice and training status of the dentist.