Root canal therapy is a dental procedure that relieves pain caused by an infected or abscessed tooth. A root canal is a simple procedure that targets the infection at the base of your tooth. While root canals have a bad reputation, we assure you that it is not nearly as frightening as it sounds. They are usually painless. Root canals are an incredible option if you’re looking to keep your natural tooth. The alternative to a root canal is typically tooth removal, which a dental implant or partial denture can replace.
Why You Should Consider Root Canal Therapy
Through daily use, our teeth decay, break and crack. But you don’t necessarily have to have your tooth pulled! A root canal saves the remaining healthy structure of your natural tooth instead of extracting it and completely replacing it with a dental implant. Your improved tooth will appear, and function like it did before treatment. It may even last the rest of your life without further treatment.
- Essentially painless process
- Short treatment process
- Avoid dental implants by keeping your natural tooth
- Maintain normal biting sensation and mouth structure
The Root Canal Procedure
A root canal happens much like a regular filling. First, your dentist will create an access cavity, typically from the top of the tooth. He or she will thoroughly clean your cavity and root with an endodontic file. Depending on the size and shape of your tooth, this may be the longest part of your procedure. However, ensuring your cavity will heal and remain healthy is essential. Finally, your dentist will fill your tooth with gutta-percha filling and top it with a crown that looks and feels like your natural tooth.
Results of Root Canal Treatment
Root canal therapy gently removes a tooth’s nerve tissue and seals the exposed canals with a rubber-like material. The tooth will maintain normal biting power and sensation following root canal therapy. However, it cannot feel temperature or pain without the nerve.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does Root Canal treatment hurt?
Contrary to popular belief, a root canal hurts no more than getting a regular filling. Will I need additional work following my root canal? A tooth that has undergone root canal therapy may become brittle over time and may be vulnerable to cracking. A dental crown may be suggested to protect the tooth.
Will my insurance cover the cost of my root canal?
The majority of insurance companies cover most of our services. Please contact your service provider for a more detailed estimate of your coverage. Feel free to call us anytime at 604-464-4131 for more information regarding insurance coverage.