When a toothache goes from mild pain to severe pain, you know it is past time to make a dental appointment. Lifetime Family Dental in Gilbert, AZ advocates preventive dental health above all, but we are here to treat every dental need, including root canals. We have performed countless root canal treatments over the years, and we almost always get the question: what is involved in a root canal procedure?
In a previous blog post we explained typical situations where a root canal is needed. The procedure is basically an extended version of filling a cavity, but works on a deeper layer of the tooth: the pulp. The pulp is the inner part of the tooth that contains the nerves and blood vessels. This is usually the part that becomes infected and is the source of your pain. During a root canal procedure, the dentist will drill down into the pulp and remove it completely, cleaning out all the infected tissue and disinfecting the tooth so no reinfection can occur. Then the tooth is filled with a composite resin sealant, preventing anything from getting into the tooth. When this part of the procedure is finished, the tooth is ready for a crown.
Removing the pulp from a tooth also involves removing a significant portion of the enamel. This can leave the tooth in a weakened condition. A tooth that is weakened structurally needs a crown. Before the actual root canal procedure, the dentist will make an impression of the tooth. After the tooth is cleaned and sealed, this impression is used to make a temporary crown to protect the tooth while the permanent crown is being fabricated in a lab. The final crown will take most of the stress of chewing, providing a stable structure for the underlying original tooth.
The cost of a root canal procedure varies, but it is less expensive than an extraction and implant or denture. At Lifetime Family Dental, we will be happy to discuss costs with you so you can plan for payment. Give us a call for an examination and we’ll get you in to work on your tooth. There’s no need to fear a root canal, and there’s no need to live in pain!