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Root canal Treatment

A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures that can save your natural teeth and prevent the need for replacement.

Root Canal is a non-surgical treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp. The injured/diseased pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. Performing root canal treatment removes the etiology of the abscess and allows the bone and tissue around the tooth to heal.

The root canal therapy usually involves local anesthesia to minimize the discomfort and may be completed in one or more visits depending upon the complexity of treatment required. You should be able to drive yourself home after your treatment. Most patients return to their normal routine immediately.

Success Rate

Studies show that root canal treatment is usually 90% successful. Although this procedure enjoys a high success rate, no therapy is guaranteed. Inadequate cleaning, shaping and filling of the canal system, missed canal spaces, cracks or fractures of the root, and re-infection of the canal space can lead to root canal failure. When root canal treatment fails some teeth may still be rescued by retreatment or a surgical procedure.

Is there any other option to root canal treatment?

Unfortunately, the only alternative to root canal treatment is tooth extraction. The left out space after extraction can cause aesthetic concerns and chewing problems, therefore this open space has to be filled either through dental implants or a fixed bridge, and both of these are expensive procedures in comparison to root canal treatment. Thus root canal is a preferred choice over all the other available options.

Procedure of Root Canal treatment:

It can be done in one or two visits to the dentist and the treatment involves the following steps.

Step1:

Tooth is examined properly and local anesthetic is administered. After tooth is numb, a small protective sheet is placed over the area in order to isolate the tooth and keep it clean and free of saliva during the whole process.

Step2:

An opening is made in the crown of the tooth and small instruments are used to clean the pulp and root canal and then a proper space is made for the purpose of filling.

Step3:

After the space is shaped and cleaned, root canals are filled with biocompatible material, a rubber like material, known as gutta-percha. Gutta-percha is placed with adhesive cement so that root canal is sealed properly.

Step4:

There should be a crown or other restoration placed on tooth for the full protection and restores it to full function.

Cost

The cost associated with this procedure can vary depending on factors such as the affected tooth, whether or not the endodontic procedure is surgical or traditional, or if the tooth has previously had a root canal and now requires a retreatment. In general, endodontic treatment is much less expensive than tooth removal and replacement with an artificial tooth.

For more information, please feel free to schedule you complimentary consultation with our specialists at The Dental Specialists.