Root canals are a treatment option for restoring the health and function of an infected tooth. Root canals are designed to remove the infected pulp from the tooth while maintaining the tooth’s structure.
Root canals are a conservative treatment option that may prevent the need for a tooth extraction. Dr. Perkins will always aim to preserve as much of the natural smile as possible for the long-term stability of the bite and overall oral health.
Why Is Root Canal Therapy Necessary?
Bacteria-causing germs can easily make their way into the pulp when a tooth is damaged in some way. Most of the time a root canal infection is a result of advanced tooth decay that has gone untreated causing the enamel of the tooth to weaken. The damage will expose the pulp making it susceptible to an infection from the bacteria.
This condition is called pulpitis. Pulpitis can be caused by an untreated tooth cavity, trauma to the tooth, or a crack in the tooth. It will not be hard to figure out if you have pulpitis or not because it is very painful. The only way to get relief from the pain is to have a root canal procedure done. If you are experiencing this type of pain, call our office as soon as possible for an appointment
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Root Canal What to Expect
The root canal treatment is a routine procedure that relieves tension and pain caused by inflamed and infected tooth pulp. They are a routine dental procedure that can typically be completed in just one visit to our Dunnellon, FL dentist office. With the use of a local anesthetic, most patients experience little to no discomfort during their treatment.
Dr. Perkins will make a small hole in the back of the infected tooth to gain access to the pulp chamber. Using specialized tools, he will enter the tooth through the small hole, and remove the bacteria and diseased pulp from the pulp of the tooth. The tooth will be thoroughly cleaned and prepared for a dental filling.
Dr. Perkins will inject a biocompatible material called gutta-percha into the tooth to help support the tooth. This material will fill the tooth, stabilizing the structure of the tooth and sealing it off from future decay.
Dr. Perkins will recommend that most patients cover the treated tooth with a dental crown. The dental crown can be custom-designed to look and feel like your natural tooth. It will also be colored matched to the surrounding teeth so that it blends in naturally. The dental crown will be fixed to the root canal tooth to help secure the long-term structure of the tooth.
Contrary to popular belief, root canals are a routine dental procedure. Most patients experience little to no discomfort during treatment. The pain that is associated with root canal therapy is actually from the swelling and inflammation caused by the infection inside the pulp chamber of the tooth. Once Dr. Perkins removes the diseased tissue from the inside of the tooth, most patients will enjoy relief from their pain caused by the infection of the tooth pulp.
Most patients will need to protect their tooth with a dental crown after a root canal. Only on rare occasions will you not need a dental crown. A root canal exposes sensitive tooth enamel to the elements. Dental crowns are used to protect and support your tooth after a significant portion has been removed.
It is common for dental insurance plans to cover, in part, the cost of a root canal treatment because it is a necessary preventative dental procedure. Costs will vary depending on your specific dental plan, the types of services required, and whether or not your dentist or endodontist is in-network. Call us today to see if you are covered.
No. The root canal procedure is similar to getting a dental filling. You will only need local anesthesia so that you do not feel pain or discomfort during the treatment. Most patients report feeling no pain during treatment, and only minor discomfort after treatment. We will provide you with aftercare instructions to make sure you are comfortable after the procedure.