What is a Root Canal?
When a cavity damages and infects the tooth’s root, causing it to become inflamed, a root canal procedure, also known as an endodontic treatment, must be done. An infected root can be incredibly painful and will require a quick response to ensure that your tooth can be saved. A root canal requires one or more visits to our dentists. The initial step is to take an x-ray to see if there are any signs of infection. We will offer a local anesthetic to numb the area. Since the nerve is dead, anesthesia may not be required. Next, an access hole will be penetrated into the tooth. A professional dentist carefully does extraction of the nerve and pulp and cleans the interior of the tooth. The pulp is a soft material in the middle of the tooth that consists of nerve, blood vessels, and connective tissue. Once the pulp, nerve tissue, and debris are removed, the cleaning process will begin. The tooth is then sealed to fill the interior. A sealer paste and a rubber mixture are placed into the tooth’s root canal. A filling is then deposited to fill the exterior access hole. The final step will involve placing a crown to preserve the tooth.
Root Canal Pain and Symptoms
There are many causes that contribute to tooth pain, including infection, tooth decay, or injury. It’s essential to contact our professionals at Oral Health Center if you are experiencing on-going pain or discomfort. You may experience certain symptoms that indicate you need a root canal. These symptoms include:
- Minimal to severe pain
- Stained teeth
- Pain due to trauma
- Inflammation and irritation of adjacent gum tissue
- Pain when eating and drinking hot or cold foods
Many patients worry that having a root canal procedure done will be very painful. However, with modern technologies and anesthetics, root canals can be a fairly painless procedure. Additionally, having a root canal procedure done will help in reducing tooth pain and provide you with relief.
Root Canal Crown
A damaged tooth is capable of being restored by placing a crown on it. A crown is a fake tooth used to rebuild and protect the real tooth from any more damage. It’s durability and natural look will easily blend in with the rest of your teeth. Crowns will typically last for about 10 years or longer. Treat your crown just like the rest of your teeth, including brushing and flossing.
Root Canal Recovery
After your root canal treatment, it is common to feel some soreness while your body is healing. Most of our patients can return to their everyday activities within a day or two. It is important to reduce chewing food with the tooth before the permanent filling/crown is set. This will help with keeping the tooth clean and decontaminated.
Root Canal Complications
Root canal treatments are usually successful and provide a pain-free mouth and functional tooth. However, complications can occur. If you are feeling throbbing pain that isn’t going away, it may indicate there was a problem with the procedure. A failed root canal may result in a crack or fracture in the tooth due to its weakened state. Fortunately, this can be an easy fix. In addition, complications of a root canal procedure can occur when the dentist is unable to find and clean out the whole canal inside your tooth.
Root Canal Costs
The cost of root canal procedure depends on a few different factors, including the position of the tooth, number of canals, and the training of the dentist. The treatment for an anterior tooth can range anywhere from $550.00 to $1000.00, depending on where you’re located. The cost for a premolar root canal treatment ranges anywhere from $600.00 to $1200.00. Molars are the most expensive. It can cost between $750.00 to $1400.00. If you are insured, it’s very common that your insurance will provide benefits for this procedure. Call Oral Health Center today to find out our costs for
The goal of a root canal procedure is to save the affected tooth and maintain its functionality. Our dentists will identify the suspected tooth and perform testing to help make an accurate diagnosis. Don’t ignore the pain in your teeth and mouth if it’s there; make sure that you get the problem looked at by a professional dentist as quickly as possible! For more information about root canals in Utah, contact Oral Health Center today 801-969-1800!