WINSTON SALEM ROOT CANAL
ENDODONTIC TREATMENT PROCESS
In the case of root canal therapy, the length of time and number of appointments will vary based on the level of treatment needed. In common cases, it can take up to two visits for a full restoration, while other procedures may only take one.
When arriving for your root canal appointment, your dentist will offer a local anesthetic to ease discomfort during the procedure. A protective appliance called a ‘dental dam’ will be used to keep saliva and bacteria away from the area where the root canal will take place. By creating an opening in the top of the tooth, your dentist will remove the infected pulp.
After the tooth pulp has been removed, the newly created space will need to be filled to prevent further infection or decay. Using a biocompatible material called ‘gutta-percha’, the area where the tooth pulp was will be completely filled. This rubbery material will protect the tooth and is then covered in sealant for a tight seal.
The final step in the root canal process is the placement of the restorative product, which could be a crown or other restoration depending on the tooth and amount of remaining tooth. If your dentist decides a crown would be the best fit, your dentist will temporarily fill the tooth to protect it while the crown is being created. The crown is designed to fit directly on top of the treated tooth and will match the shape, size, and tint of the original/surrounding teeth as close as possible. Once the crown is completed, you will make an appointment to return for the placement of the crown, completing the restoration process.
SIGNS OR SYMPTOMS TO WATCH FOR
When teeth are infected on the inside, it may not always be visible enough for you to catch in the mirror during your daily oral hygiene routine. However, there are typical signs and symptoms that may indicate a hidden endodontic concern:
- Discoloration of a tooth/teeth
- Experiencing tenderness while biting or chewing
- Unidentified pain in lymph nodes near the infection
- Gums appear inflamed and tender to the touch
- Tooth sensitivity when eating/drinking cold or hot substances
Once you notice any of the following symptoms, it’s critical to make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible to monitor the problem in case endodontic treatment can be used to restore your teeth.
CONTACT LEAL, SPANGLER & JOHNSON
Drs. Leal, Spangler, and Johnson in Winston-Salem, NC provide the highest quality dental care with a personal touch, thoughtfully considering each patient and their needs. We offer comprehensive family and esthetic dentistry and love helping people achieve a healthy smile.
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ENDODONTIC TREATMENT EXPENSE
Endodontic procedures, though very common, are not all the same. The degree in which your tooth is damaged, the number of teeth involved in the damage, the final restoration option, and your insurance plan will all play a part in the ending cost of your procedure. Consulting with your dentist about the best treatment options available will help you decide what route to take when calling your insurance company regarding your coverage. With the combined experience of your dental team, you will be sure to find a solution that works best for your oral health and budget.
HOW TO PREVENT FROM NEEDING ENDODONTIC TREATMENT
Endodontic treatment can be quite helpful for patients who need it. But preventing the need for these procedures is highly recommended in protecting the health of your teeth. Some of the best ways to prevent the need for endodontic treatment:
- Following your daily oral hygiene routine (brushing, flossing, rinsing)
- Attend check-up appointments with your dentist at least twice a year
- Wear a mouthguard if playing high impact sports
- Make sure to have all cavities filled as soon as possible to prevent enlargement
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