Root Canal Fast Facts
- A root canal procedure doesn’t kill the tooth, it saves it.
- Root Canals are often better than extractions since some of the original tooth is saved.
- Even if a tooth doesn’t hurt, it may need a root canal.
What Is A Root Canal
Root canal treatment is done to get rid of bacteria from the infected root canal, prevent reinfection of the tooth and save the natural tooth. If the tooth is considered repairable, then root canal treatment will be recommended. The dentist will begin by removing the inflamed or infected dental pulp, and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected, then filled and sealed.
Is Root Canal Treatment Common?
Root canal treatment is possibly the most widely recognized dental treatment. It is used to cure the infection that is at the centre of the tooth. Every tooth has a root canal system and an infection to it creates trouble. The infection might be caused by bacteria or bad oral care. The infection can result in tooth decay, leaky filings that were done earlier in the tooth and damage to the teeth that could result in tooth loss.
What Do Root Canals Look Like?
Is Root Canal Treatment Common?
Root canal treatment is possibly the most widely recognized dental treatment. RCT treatment cures the infection that is at the centre of the tooth. Every tooth has a root canal system; if this system becomes infected it could create trouble. The infection may be from bacteria or sub-optimal oral care. The infection can result in tooth decay, leaky fillings that were done earlier in the tooth, and damage to the teeth that could result in tooth loss.
Root Canal Therapy is recommended in cases when the tooth is considered restorable (can be fixed), but it is either abscessed, fractured, heavily decayed, or otherwise causing pain. Root canals can either be Surgical or Non-surgical. The most common of the two is Non-Surgical Root Canals. There are several steps to the procedure, which include:
- Access opening – An opening the dentist makes in the tooth to perform the surgery.
- Measuring the length of canals – this is accomplished using a special device called an ‘apex locator’, as well as x-rays.
- Cleaning and shaping – this involves the physical shaping of each canal with specialized instruments such as endodontic files and the chemical disinfection of the canal(s).
- Obturation – this is the filling and sealing of each canal.
- Permanent filling – a permanent filling material is placed to prevent the re-entry of bacteria into the sealed and disinfected canal(s).
Sometimes the dentist may decide to place a post in one or more of the canals to help retain the final restoration. After the root canal has been in the tooth for some time, a crown could be recommended.
The crown is the preferred final restoration for many root canal-treated teeth because it lowers the risk of fracture (root canal teeth can become brittle over time).
The cost of Root Canal Therapy depends on the level of difficulty and the number of canals in the tooth itself. Our Team at Smiles Dental Group will direct bill your insurance plan whenever possible, and as usual, all of our fees are always BELOW the Alberta Fee Guide. Contact us for a cost estimate or to schedule your appointment.
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What Are The Symptoms Of A Root Canal
It is not easy to know if you need a root canal procedure as no symptoms may be present. However, some common symptoms that suggest that you may need a root canal include:
- Extended pain or sensitivity to cold or hot temperatures (after the cold or heat is removed)
- Excessive toothache pain when applying pressure or chewing
- Darkening or discoloration of the tooth
- Persistent or recurring pimple on the gum
If you notice any of these symptoms, we strongly recommend you see a dentist. Through X-rays and other tests, our general dentists will identify and treat your dental pain.
Frequently asked questions
No it’s not! Dentists do what they can to minimize the pain. You may experience discomfort, but generally you won’t experience much pain, if any.
You can check our costs on this page here. 1 canal will start at 662.15 and we are ALWAYS below the Alberta Fee Guide.
Generally it will take at least 2 sessions due to the nature of the procedure. The gum must first accept and heal with the implant inserted before moving on.