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Root Canals 101: Get the Best Root Canals Treatment at Dentistry on Monroe
Intense tooth pain can be all-consuming, and anyone who has ever been a victim of a toothache knows how distressing the experience can be. The outer shell of the enamel and a layer of calcified dentin is crucial in protecting your tooth’s soft tissue. However, tooth decay can eat into the tooth enamel, thus allowing bacteria to cause pulp infection. Trauma can also cause the problem, and the resulting inflammation or infection of the pulp usually results cause significant pain.
A root canal treatment involves removing the decaying or dead pulp and stopping the problem from worsening; thus, the best treatment for the condition. It is a safe and comfortable procedure that allows you to maintain your natural tooth even if it had severe damage. A conversation with a dentist is the best way to determine whether you need a root canal.
At Dentistry on Monroe, we set aside time to educate our patients about such decisions to help them choose the best option. Additionally, we assist the patients in determining where to have the root canal procedure completed, either here at our standard of quality or a specialist’s office.
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal involves removing a nerve from inside the root of a badly decayed or infected tooth and filling it with a sterile rubberized material. Therefore, this painless procedure does not involve the removal of the tooth itself.
When Do You Need a Root Canal?
There are various situations when a root canal is necessary. First, when you have a damaged tooth due to decay or trauma that has led to nerve infection, a root canal becomes critical to prevent or solve a dental abscess. Secondly, if you have had a damaged tooth for along to the point that it has turned black with time, a root canal can return the tooth to its normal state. Other situations that require root canals include the proper restoration of teeth with crowns or bridges.
What Happens During A Root Canal Procedure?
First, the tooth is made numb such that you cannot feel anything during the root canal procedure, followed by isolation from the other teeth and mouth by covering with a rubber barrier. After that, there is the removal of the nerve by making a small hole in the tooth.
Once the nerve is removed, the dentist or specialist thoroughly cleans and disinfects the inside of the tooth roots before filling the space with “gutta percha,” a sterile rubber.
After filling the root canal, there is also filling of the hole in the tooth with a temporary material to ensure complete healing before definitive work begins on the tooth.
How Painful Is A Root Canal?
The root canal is a painless procedure, and the dentist or endodontist numbs the teeth before the procedure commences. If the tooth fails to numb fully, the patient may be given antibiotics to calm the nerve before rescheduling the procedure to a later date.
Can Dentists Perform a Root Canal or Do You Need to See a Specialist?
A general dentist can perform the root canal or refer you to a root canal specialist (Endodontist) if the tooth’s shape and complexity hinder the dentist from carrying out the root canal procedure to their standard of quality.
Does Insurance Cover The Cost Of A Root Canal?
Many insurance plans provide significant coverage for root canal treatment. At Dentistry On Monroe, we examine your coverage for a procedure before we begin one. Besides, where the selected treatment requires a specialist office, we provide our patient with multiple trusted offices that accept the insurance at varying levels.
What Is The Alternative To Going For A Root Canal Treatment?
The alternative to going for a root canal treatment when you have tooth decay or abscesses is usually tooth removal. Similarly, antibiotics can be used to calm a painful tooth, but they only provide a temporal relief.
The Bottom Line
If you don’t get a root canal, you risk losing your teeth. Although it might not happens tomorrow or some months from now, be sure it will, and when such happens, the procedure of managing the extra could be complicated than you expect. The infection continues to weaken your tooth to a further degree, forcing the dentist or specialist to remove it in phases traumatizing the gum tissue.
It is recommendable that you have the root canal treatment now before the infection continues to weaken your tooth and worsen the situation. Our experienced root canal dentist, Dr. Turner, will give you the best treatment experience and we will provide you with the best financial convenience possible.