What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is necessary when a cavity or tooth decay becomes so big that it starts to invade the nerve, causing nerve inflammation and pain. If left untreated, it can cause a root infection of the tooth that leads to abscess and excruciating pain. Root canal treatment should not be delayed because delay can cause more serious issues like bone loss surrounding the roots, or worse, endocarditis which poses a serious threat to your life. At BME Dental, we have an excellent root canal dentist who will provide you with excellent care!
What is the Root Canal Process?
At BME Dental, we ensure you are profoundly numb during your root canal appointment. Your root canal procedure involves many steps.
Thorough anesthesia is achieved
Tooth decay is excavated and cleaned so that only healthy tooth structure remains
The inflamed nerve is removed
The root canal that houses the nerve is cleaned and shaped to make sure all remaining bacteria and residual nerve threads are removed from the walls of the canal
The tooth’s root canal is sealed with gutta percha all the way down to the bottom of the root
The tooth is sealed with a filling or a crown, depending on the integrity of the remaining healthy tooth structure. It’s crucial to have a permanent restoration (filling or crown) to protect the tooth because the nerve can get re-infected if it not sealed properly.
Is a Root Canal Painful?
A root canal procedure should not cause pain. However, if you delay treatment on an infected tooth, it can cause severe pain. This “hot” tooth may be harder to get numb due to the acidic nature of the infection below the roots. This is another reason why it’s important to treat a tooth in a timely manner.
Root Canal Recovery
Most experience immediate pain relief after a root canal procedure. Removing the nerve removes the source of pain. However, it’s not uncommon for some teeth to take a few days to a few weeks to heal from an infection.
How Much Does a Root Canal Cost?
A root canal procedure can be costly. Fortunately, most insurance companies will cover a portion of your procedure. Call us at (972) 208-9998 to receive a complementary insurance verification to find out your root canal coverage!
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