What Is a Root Canal Procedure ?

What Is a Root Canal Procedure ?

Posted by Laveen Dental Mar 21,2022

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A root canal procedure is designed to eliminate the bacteria from the infected root canal. It saves the natural tooth from infection and extraction while preventing reinfection. The root canal procedure involves removing the inflamed or infected pulp then the emptied chamber is cleaned, disinfected, filled, and sealed. 

What Happens During a Root Canal Procedure?

If you’ve been prescribed a root canal procedure, do not worry! Millions of teeth are saved every year with a root canal procedure. 

Inside your teeth is a soft tissue called the pulp, which is beneath the white enamel and a hard layer called dentin. This pulp contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue which helps your tooth during its development. A fully developed tooth can survive without the help of pulp, as the tooth gets nourished by the tissues that surround the tooth. 

A modern root canal procedure can be usually completed in one or two appointments depending on the condition of your teeth. It is a painless and extremely effective procedure to save your natural tooth. 

Advantages of a Root Canal Procedure 

  • -Natural appearance
  • -Efficient chewing
  • -Normal biting force and sensation
  • -Protects other teeth from wear or strain

Does a Root Canal Hurt? 

Patients who have to undergo a root canal procedure are given anesthesia which makes it less painful than other dental procedures like filling or removing a wisdom tooth. 

Do You Need a Root Canal?

Root canal procedures are done if there is/are:
  • -Severe pain while biting or chewing
  • -A chipped or cracked tooth from injury
  • -Deep cavity
  • -Issues from a previous filling
  • -Sensitivity to hot or cold sensations
  • -Pimples on the gums
  • -Swollen or tender gums
  • -Darkening of the gums

How Much Does a Root Canal Cost?

The cost of a root canal procedure depends upon the severity of the damage and the location of your affected tooth. Molars, for instance, are hard to treat and the fee is usually high. Most dental insurance policies cover some cost of endodontic treatment. 

Generally, endodontic treatments and restoration of the natural tooth are less expensive when compared to tooth extraction. An extracted tooth needs to be replaced with an implant or bridge to restore functions like chewing and to also prevent your adjacent tooth from shifting. Tooth extraction procedures cost more than endodontic treatments. 

Visit Laveen Dental, 5130 W. Baseline Rd STE 111, Laveen, AZ 85339 for a relatively painless and comfortable root canal procedure. Contact us at  (602) 237-7878 or schedule an appointment online to visit during business hours.

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