Root canals are one of the most feared and misunderstood procedures that your dentist performs. Unfortunately, many patients have misconceptions about the treatment. Following are some frequently asked questions:
What is a root canal?
A root canal is a treatment in which a dentist removes infected pulp material from the tooth’s inner core, cleans out the empty chamber and replaces the pulp with an inert rubber-like substance. The tooth is then fitted with a crown for additional protection.
Why are root canals necessary?
Root canals are indicated when decay is so extensive that it reaches the center of the tooth, where it triggers painful responses from the nerves in the pulp. The infection can even access the bloodstream and spread elsewhere in the body. Root canals may also be performed when a tooth is so extensively damaged by injury that the inner core is exposed to the oral cavity and the bacteria it contains.
What can I expect during and after the procedure?
The dentist will first numb the area using a local anesthetic and then drill a small hole in the tooth. Special instruments are used to clear out the pulp chamber, and then the empty chamber (or chambers) is filled with the rubber-like substance. Most root canals are completed in less than two hours. You will receive detailed instructions for self-care after the procedure. You may need to alter your diet for a short period of time, for example.
How much pain will I experience with my root canal?
The idea that root canals are associated with tremendous discomfort is a false one. Most patients report no more discomfort with a root canal than they have when getting a cavity filled.
How much will my root canal cost?
Costs of root canals vary from patient to patient, depending on the specific conditions of the tooth. Our staff will work to maximize any dental insurance benefits that you may have, however, and we accept a number of different payment types and offer financing plans for any costs not covered by insurance.
If you have any concerns or questions about a pending root canal treatment, we encourage you to contact us at Ora Dental Studio and speak with one of our experienced dental professionals. It’s important for you to fully understand the need for the treatment and what to expect from it before your appointment.