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Root canal surgery by a root canal specialist, usually an endodontist, will eliminate bacteria from an infected root canal and help prevent re-infection of the tooth. It's a common way to save a diseased tooth. During the procedure, the infected tooth pulp is removed, the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected, and then the tooth is filled and sealed.
Millions of teeth are saved each year with a root canal treatment (dental endodontics). It’s very much like a routine filling and, depending on the condition of the tooth and the patient's personal situation, can usually be completed in one or two dental appointments. Root canals are effective and relatively painless.
Saving the natural tooth with root canal treatment can help make chewing more efficient, maintain a natural appearance, and protect other teeth from excessive strain and wear.
With anesthesia, root canal surgery isn’t any more painful than a regular dental procedure like a filling or having a wisdom tooth removed. With that said, a root canal will usually be a bit sore or numb after the procedure, and you may experience mild discomfort for a few days.
Root canals are needed when someone has a deep cavity, or has residual issues from an earlier filling. You might need a root canal if:
Even though you can expect some numbness for 2 - 4 hours after the root canal procedure, most patients can return to work or school directly afterwards. It's wise, though, to avoid eating anything until the numbness is gone.
The cost of a root canal varies depending on how complex the dental problem is and which tooth is affected. Molars are more difficult and costly to treat. Most types of dental insurance provide some degree of coverage for this type of dental treatment.
Generally, root canal treatment and restoration of the natural tooth is a less expensive option than having the tooth extracted. An extracted tooth must be replaced at some point with a more expensive implant or bridge to prevent adjacent teeth from shifting, and to help optimize chewing function.
If a tooth is making life difficult for you, make an appointment at Dentistry Of Oxnard today and find out if a root canal treatment is the best option for you.
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