Root Canal Fast Facts
- The treatment is one of the most common emergency dental treatments.
- They don’t hurt more than a regular filling due to modern dental techniques.
- Root Canal therapy is also referred to as endodontic surgery
- Endodontics come Greek roots endo – “inside”, and odont – “tooth”
What Is Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is an option when the tooth or teeth are considered repairable, but it is either abscessed, fractured, heavily decayed, or causing pain. Root canals are surgical or non-surgical, the most popular method is non-surgical.
The steps to the procedure, which may include:
- Access opening – this is the opening in the affected tooth the dentist makes with a drill in order to access the pulp chamber, and the canal(s) of the tooth’s root(s).
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 individual canal.
- Permanent filling – a permanent filling material is placed to prevent the re-entry of bacteria into the sealed and disinfected canal(s).
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.
How Is Root Canal Therapy Performed?
- Cleaning the root canal – The dentist will remove everything inside the root canal. The dentist will put the patient under anesthesia, they will make a small hole, then the dentist will remove all the dead and impacted pulp.
- The dentist shapes and cleans the hollow area, using small files and irrigation solutions. The tooth is filled with a rubber-like material, using an adhesive material to seal the canal closed.
- Adding a crown or filling – A tooth with no pulp gets its nourishment from the ligament that joins the tooth to the bone. This supply is will work, but eventually, the tooth will become more brittle, so a crown or filling offers protection.
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Root Canals can be done in 3 or less trips
It’s common to complete a root canal procedure in as few as one or two trips to the dentist.
There are some issues that may arise:
- The tooth is heavily infected.
- How difficult the root canal is.
- Whether or not you need a specialist.
General dentists can perform root canals, but if it is a particularly difficult root canal, the patient may need to be referred to a dentist.
Who Needs Root Canal Therapy?
- The pulp is damaged significantly and cannot repair itself.
- There is a crack, or deep cavity that will allow for bacteria to enter the tooth causing infection.
The dentist may decide to install a post in multiple canals to help retain the final repairs. It is also recommended that the tooth have a crown placed post operation. The crown 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 as well as 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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Frequently asked questions
$662.15 for a single root canal. (The Alberta average is $691.15)
While it can sometimes be done in 1 visit, it’s generally 2. If the Root Canal is overly difficult it could be more.
Lots of people believe root canals are painful, but they are no more painful than a filling.
Healing will began within 1 week and should be carefully monitored by your dentist or endodontist.