Your Complete Guide to Root Canals
- Posted on: Dec 15 2017
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Advancements in dental technology have made root canals generally pain free and quicker to complete. This common dental procedure treats teeth that have been significantly damaged or infected. The following provides a general overview of what a root canal involves and what to expect from the procedure.
The purpose of a root canal
When a tooth has suffered from severe decay or infection, a root canal is done to remove the pulp tissue of the tooth. By creating a small access hole, the dentist will extract the pulp, bacteria, and any debris. After the infection has been removed, the empty cavity of the tooth is filled with a sealing agent. In some cases, a crown or permanent restoration will be placed. Teeth that require a root canal are often significantly damaged enough to the point that they need a crown.
Pain and root canals
Many patients agree that a root canal procedure is no more invasive than a typical filling. Nevertheless, some patients still feel most comfortable if they use sedation dentistry. Before your root canal, you will consult with your dentist to decide how to make you feel at ease during your root canal procedure. Do not let an irrational fear of the dentist or dental procedures stop you from getting the dental care you need.
Symptoms of tooth infection
If you experience any of the following symptoms, you may require a root canal.
- Alterations in tooth color
- A white dot or a pustule on the gums
- Swelling or reddened gums
- Severe sensitivity to hot and cold
- Fever and general discomfort
- Bad breath that does not go away after brushing
Dental insurance and root canal coverage
Insurance companies will normally cover general dentistry procedures. But they may not provide full coverage for aesthetic or restorative treatments. Be sure you contact your dental insurance company to clarify the coverage you have.
Schedule a consultation
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms associated with a tooth infection, be sure to contact Dr. Robert D. Bankhardt today. You can schedule a consultation by calling our team at 805.584.1194. We’re excited to assist you on your path to a brighter and healthier smile.
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