What is Root Canal Therapy?
Root Canal Therapy, also known as endodontic treatment, is a dental procedure that is performed to save a severely decayed or infected tooth. It involves removing the infected pulp from the tooth’s root canal, cleaning and disinfecting the area, and then sealing it to prevent further infection. This treatment is often necessary when a tooth has deep decay, a cracked or broken tooth, or an abscess.
The Root Canal Therapy Process
During the initial consultation, your Roanoke dentist will examine your tooth and take X-rays to determine the extent of the infection. This step is crucial in identifying the need for root canal therapy.
- Anesthesia and Access
To ensure your comfort throughout the procedure, your dentist will administer local anesthesia. Once you are numb, they will create a small access hole in the tooth to reach the infected pulp.
- Removal and Cleaning
Using specialized instruments, your dentist will carefully remove the infected pulp from the root canal. The area will then be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected to eliminate any remaining bacteria.
- Filling and Sealing
After the root canal is cleaned, your dentist will fill the space with a biocompatible material called gutta-percha. This material helps to support the tooth’s structure and prevent reinfection. The access hole will be sealed with a temporary filling.
The Benefits of Root Canal Therapy
Preserves Natural Teeth
Root Canal Therapy allows you to keep your natural tooth, preventing the need for extraction. Preserving your natural teeth is essential for maintaining proper oral function and a beautiful smile.
Relieves Pain and Discomfort
Root canal infections can cause severe toothaches and sensitivity. By removing the infected pulp and eliminating the source of pain, root canal therapy provides relief from discomfort and restores oral health.
Prevents Further Infections
Untreated root canal infections can lead to more serious dental issues, such as abscesses or the spread of infection to surrounding teeth. By addressing the infection promptly, root canal therapy prevents these complications and protects your overall oral health.
FAQs about Root Canal Therapy
Get some of the top answers from our dentistry team.
Do root canals hurt?
With modern advancements in anesthesia techniques, root canal therapy is typically painless. Your dentist will ensure that you are fully numb before starting the procedure, making it a comfortable experience. In fact, many patients report feeling relieved from the pain they were experiencing before the root canal. The procedure itself involves removing the infected pulp from the tooth, which eliminates the source of the pain. So, while the idea of a root canal may sound intimidating, rest assured that the process is designed to alleviate your discomfort and restore your oral health.
Does insurance cover a root canal?
Many dental insurance plans cover a portion of the cost of root canal therapy. However, the extent of coverage may vary depending on your specific insurance plan. It is recommended to check with your insurance provider to determine your coverage. Remember, investing in your oral health now can save you from more extensive and costly treatments down the line. If you’re concerned about the financial aspect, our team is more than happy to offer flexible payment options or can help you navigate insurance claims.
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