Benefits of a Root Canal
What is a root canal?
A root canal is a dental procedure which is undertaken so as to eliminate infection and bacteria from the root canal of a tooth which has become infected. The process will save the tooth and prevent any reinfection which might occur. During a root canal, inflamed or infected pulp is completely removed from the tooth, then it is cleaned out carefully and disinfected, and finally it gets filled and sealed. Once the tooth has been sealed against reinfection, it will look and function just like any other tooth in your mouth, and with proper care can last a lifetime. Root canals are generally performed by endodontists, who are specialists at dealing with tooth pulp.
How to know if you need a root canal?
There are several ways you can be alerted to the fact that you might need root canal treatment. Root canals are generally performed when a person has a cracked tooth, a deep cavity, or some kind of problem resulting from a previous tooth filling. Many patients undergo the root canal procedure when they have very sensitive teeth, and are bothered by cold or hot sensations. Here are some of the signs you should look for if you're wondering whether or not you need a root canal performed:
- chipped or cracked tooth
- deep decay or darkening of the gums
- severe pain while biting or chewing
- pimples which can be observed on the gums
- persistent sensitivity to cold or hot, even when the trigger substance has been removed
- tender or swollen gums.
What are the benefits of having a root canal done?
The first and probably most important benefit of having a root canal performed is that it saves your natural tooth, and with proper care, allows you to retain it the rest of your life. When the procedure is performed, it results in having a visually appealing crown placed over the tooth, and this crown will be fully functional just like a normal tooth would. This means you can have the same great smile you always used to have, and you won't have to worry about displaying a cracked tooth or one which is badly decayed.
Root canal procedures are also very efficient and cost-effective, since in many cases the root canal will actually cost less than a tooth extraction. In addition to that, a root canal procedure is virtually painless, and your endodontist will have performed many of these operations before. Because of advances in modern anesthesia and dental techniques, people who undergo root canals are six times more likely to declare it pain-free than individuals who have their tooth extracted.
How much will the root canal procedure cost?
The cost of undergoing a root canal procedure will vary, depending on which truth is being operated on, and how complex the situation is. For instance, it will generally cost more to do a root canal on molars because they're more difficult to treat. It usually costs less to have a root canal performed than to have a tooth extracted, because a tooth extraction is generally followed up by an implant or a bridge which prevents adjacent teeth from shifting, and restores chewing functionality. It is usually possible to get insurance coverage to cover the cost of at least part of your canal procedure.
Schedule an Appointment with Amores Dental in Palmetto Bay or Dadeland today!
If you've been thinking that you might need a root canal procedure performed, you should contact us at Amores Dental at one of our two locations in either Dadeland or Palmetto Bay, FL. We can schedule you for an initial consultation, at which time we can discuss whether or not you're a good candidate for root canal treatment, and answer all your questions about the procedure.