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Drs. Lasher and Harriman at Dental One Associates of Waldorf
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What Are Root Canals?

If you’re experiencing agonizing tooth pain or an inability to eat comfortably, your dentist may recommend root canal surgery. Root canals are common, effective treatments for infections that are attacking the tooth’s inner pulp tissue. Dental pulp travels from the tooth’s pulp chamber down to the tip of the tooth roots. It’s filled with connective tissue, blood vessels and nerves, and it can be very sensitive. When this tissue becomes infected, you’re likely to feel tremendous pain and an inability to chew or bite comfortably. A root canal procedure removes the affected tissue so that the infection is eliminated and you are relieved of pain.

Do You Need a Root Canal?

An infection of the tooth’s pulp tissue most often produces tooth pain and dysfunction. The pain that accompanies this infection differs from less serious tooth issues in several ways, and it’s important to pay attention to these symptoms. Below, we list a few of the symptoms you may experience if you need a dental root canal:

  • Constant tooth pain that really never goes away.
  • Tooth pain or sensitivity that gets worse when you bite down or chew.
  • Tooth pain when eating or drinking hot or cold foods. Often, this pain remains for a considerable amount of time.
  • Gums that become inflamed, very sore or swollen near the affected tooth.
  • Dental pain that wakes you up while you’re sleeping.

Our experienced dentists can help relieve your symptoms and restore your tooth with proper treatment. Give our Waldorf office a call to schedule your appointment.

What Kind of Dentist Does Root Canals?

Both general dentists and specialists called endodontists can perform root canals. If you’re looking for a qualified root canal dentist, contact us today.

Are Root Canals Painful?

Your dentist will take great care to ensure that you don’t feel any pain during your procedure. Your tooth will be thoroughly numbed before the procedure begins, and your dentist will check frequently to make sure you’re comfortable during the one- to two-hour session. The procedure involves the following steps:

  • A dental dam is placed around your tooth, and a small opening is made in the crown of your tooth to allow your dentist access to the pulp chamber.
  • Using small instruments, your dentist removes the pulp and cleans and shapes your root canals.
  • To make sure the root canals are completely free of debris and bacteria, your dentist then flushes the root canals with an antibacterial solution.
  • To restore stability to the tooth, your dentist will fill the root canals with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha or a supportive post. The tooth is then sealed to prevent bacteria from entering the tooth.
  • As a final step, a crown is cemented on top of the tooth, allowing you to return to normal eating habits and preventing bacteria from contaminating the tooth.

What Will Your Root Canal Cost?

Your cost ranges widely depending on several issues that are unique to your own specific needs. In general, costs for the procedure are based on factors such as the severity of your tooth’s damage, whether you need pre-treatment, whether you’re treated by a dentist or an endodontist and the number of roots your tooth has. Front teeth, for example, have one root, whereas back molars have three to four roots. Root canals on back molars usually take longer and are more expensive than root canals on front teeth.

If you have dental insurance, your plan may pay for a portion of your procedure. It’s common for dental insurance plans to cover from 50 to 90 percent of a restorative procedure, but check with your plan for specific coverage information. We can provide you with a cost estimate once our dentist has thoroughly assessed your tooth’s condition, contact our office for an appointment today.

What Types of Root Canals Are Available?

Any infected teeth can benefit from a root canal, but molar root canals are the most performed endodontic procedures. Teeth that have had prior treatment but are re-infected may need to have a second treatment. This may involve making a small hole in the root canal crown so that the dentist may remove the inner infected tissue. Apicoectomies, wherein the tip of the tooth root is removed, may also be an option.

What Other Treatment Information Do You Need?

We’re just a phone call away if you have more questions about a root canal in Waldorf. We’re happy to talk about the procedure, recovery and dental root canal treatment pain. Contact our office now.

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