What is a Root Canal?
The purpose of a root canal is to remove the necrotic (or dead) nerve, blood vessels, and bacteria in the pulp of the tooth with the goal of saving the tooth. In most cases, root canals are effective for saving badly infected and severely broken teeth, although there are instances when the tooth is not salvageable. Even so, a root canal almost always alleviates pain and remedies the problem.
Why Have a Root Canal?
Symptoms of tooth decay or infection include severe tooth pain when chewing and prolonged sensitivity to heat and cold. The pain is often unbearable until the problem is properly addressed. Sometimes decay reaches the tooth’s nerve system, or gets close enough to create uncomfortable sensitivity. Without this procedure the nerve can break down and bacteria will multiply causing an infection known as an abscess.
What are Your Options?
There are two treatment options:
- Removal of the nerve (known as a ‘root canal’)
- Pulp capping (which attempts to keep the nerve alive)
What Should You Expect?
For a root canal, your dentist will start with a local anesthetic to numb the area. After removal of the nerve and pulp, the canal is cleaned and filled with a rubber compound and sealer paste. The tooth is sealed with a filling and, if necessary, can be prepped for a crown. A tooth’s nerve is not vitally important to a tooth’s health and function after it has emerged through the gums. It’s only function is sensory – hot/cold. The absence of the nerve will not affect its day-to-day functioning, so the procedure is a great way to preserve the tooth.
Endodontists at Sage Dental
At Sage Dental, simple root canals are typically performed by our general dentists. However, more complicated root canals are handled by our experienced endodontists right in our own offices for your comfort and convenience. We will never refer you to another facility for a root canal procedure. The endodontist will work with your Sage Dental general dentist and coordinate your entire treatment plan. This means you’ll get the specialist treatment you need while staying in-network, with no hassle.
At Sage Dental, we offer affordable root canals and we take most insurance. Find a location near you and call us today to schedule an appointment.
No dental insurance? With our Sage Dental SageCare+ program, you can save up to 65% off our standard fees on all general, specialty and even cosmetic dental care. We also offer a number of financing options to help make this treatment accessible to all of our patients.
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