What Is Root Canal Therapy
Root Canal Therapy is viable 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 of the two is non-surgical Root Canals. There are 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).
The dentist may decide to install a post in multiple canals to help retain the final repairs. It is also highly recommended that the tooth have a crown placed post operation. The crown is usually considered 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 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.