Understanding Root Canal Therapy

A root canal is a procedure to repair and save a severely infected or damaged tooth instead of extracting it. The term “root canal” comes from cleaning the conduct inside a tooth’s root. Decades ago, these procedures were often painful.

However, and with the help of advanced dentistry and local anesthetics, most patients have little if any pain during the process. In fact, living with a decayed tooth can result in a more painful solution. There is not a better alternative than root canal therapy. The other option includes extracting the damaged tooth and replacing it with a bridge or a dental implant, which are more expensive solutions.

That is why you don’t need to be worried if you need one to treat your damaged or diseased tooth. Millions of teeth are treated and saved with an also known as an endodontic, relieving pain and making teeth healthy and functional again.

A root canal therapy will eliminate bacteria from the infected root canal, preventing your tooth’s reinfection and saving it at the same time. When one undergoes an endodontic treatment, the infected or inflamed pulp will be removed, and the inside of the tooth will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, then filled and sealed.

Delaying this treatment can lead to even more discomfort down the line as the infection is likely to spread. We recommend immediate attention.

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Dental Implant iconWhy Do You Need A Root Canal Procedure?

Some dental care habits and conditions can lead to bacterial infections in a tooth’s pulp that call for endodontic treatment to rescue it from being extracted. If you are experiencing any of these situations, you may need a root canal: 

  • If you have a tooth that has undergone multiple dental restorations
  • A tooth that has received some trauma or impact with or without visible effects
  • A chipped or cracked tooth
  • A tooth with deep dental cavities
  • Poor oral hygiene habits
  • Abrasive tooth use
  • An unhealthy lifestyle

In most cases, a general dentist or endodontist will perform the procedure while you are under local anesthesia. Learn more about root canals, as well as the potential risks involved. Book an appointment to know more about it.

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How Long Does a Root Canal Take?

The average root canal procedure is 35 to 60 minutes long. However, more complex cases may take around 90 minutes. An endodontic treatment usually requires one or two appointments to complete, depending on the patient. During this time, the patient shouldn’t feel a thing. All those myths that you’ve been told are just that, myths. 

In fact, root canal treatment gets you out of pain; the one associated with this procedure comes from the tooth itself before getting treated. A root canal treatment can help save the teeth instead of removing them.

Since patients are under local anesthesia, a root canal isn’t more painful than a regular dental procedure, such as an extraction or a dental filling. A specialist removes the infected pulp and carefully cleans and shapes the inner part of the root canal, then fills and seals the space.

As mentioned earlier, this won’t take longer than 30 to 60 minutes unless your case is more complicated. After restoration, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth.

TOOTH EXTRACTION VS ROOT CANAL COMPARISON

Tooth ExtractionRoot Canal
AimRemove ToothSave Tooth
Invasive5/53/5
Same DayYesYes
AntibioticsYesNo
ProblemsBite and GapsDiscoloration
PainNoNo
MetalNoNo
ImplantYesNo

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This therapy is required for a cracked tooth from genetics or injury, a deep cavity, or a previous filling issue. A patient generally needs an endodontic treatment when they notice their teeth are sensitive, especially with hot or cold beverages or foods. 

There are a few symptoms that mean you might need this procedure, including:

  • Sharp pain while chewing or biting down
  • Pimples (an abscess) on the gums
  • A cracked or chipped tooth 
  • Lingering sensitivity to hot or cold, even after the sensation has been removed
  • Tender or swollen gums 
  • Deep cavities or darkening of the gums

To help avoid the need for a root canal in the first place, follow a healthy oral hygiene routine and check-up with our dentist regularly. Most of all, a root canal helps maintain your natural smile, and with proper care.

  • Extraction: One of the most attractive alternatives to root canals is the extraction of the offending tooth and replacing a bridge, dental implant, or partial denture. According to the American Association of Endodontists (AAE), this doesn’t compare with the advantages of saving the natural tooth if possible.
  • Natural remedies: It’s well-known that food choices can affect oral health, and proponents of natural remedies suggest ways to heal dental infections through diet.

Free yourself from tooth pain or infection by contacting our team today and learning more about root canal therapy, and the steps make an appointment to get assistance from one of our Clairemont dentists.

The cost of a root canal depends on how severe the problem is and on the damaged tooth. Many dental insurance policies at least partially cover endodontic procedures.

If you have questions about prices and more, we are here to help you out. Call us today to help you solve all your doubts.

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