Contrary to popular belief, root canals are not as painful and costly as you might think. The process is actually very similar to a simple dental filling and it can potentially save your natural teeth and smile. If you’ve been told you need a root canal—or would simply like to know more about them—here are some common questions and answers concerning the infamous procedure:
What is a root canal?
A root canal is a treatment that repairs and saves a tooth that has become badly decayed or infected. Since it usually involves matter inside the tooth, it qualifies as an endodontic (“inside the tooth”) treatment. Root canals are actually fairly common, as the American Association of Endodontists (AAE) estimates that more than 15 million people receive a root canal each year.
When do you need a root canal?
The main reason someone in South Carolina might need a root canal is because of infected nerves and/or damaged pulp inside teeth. Both of these can lead to intense pain, inflammation, deep decay and even cracked or chipped teeth.
What is the root canal process like?
The procedure for a root canal at Clements Ferry Dentistry involves removing any inflamed, infected or damaged pulp and nerves, cleaning and disinfecting the inside of the tooth and sealing the area with a rubber-like material. It’s then covered with a crown or filling for protection.
Is the root canal process painful?
Root canals are usually no more painful than a dental filling. The process tends to only take one or two visits and involves anesthesia. In fact, the most pain you’ll likely experience with a root canal is during the time leading up to the procedure if you delay treatment.
How much do root canals cost?
While root canals tend to cost more than fillings, they are fairly affordable and covered by most insurance companies. Payment plans can also be arranged. Furthermore, the investment is well worth it since it saves your natural tooth, preventing more costly procedures down the road.
How can I prevent a root canal?
Good hygiene practices like brushing, flossing and mouthwash will help eliminate most of the bacteria that causes damage inside the tooth. Other dental procedures like a crown can also add protection. Dr. Carimi can also give you personalized hygiene advice.
If you live near Charleston or Mount Pleasant SC and would like to know more about root canals, schedule a consultation with us today!