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Has your dentist determined that you need a root canal in South Bend? If so, know that root canals are a very common dental procedure that save millions of teeth each year. Root canal procedures can eliminate pain while preserving your smile’s health.

What is a Root Canal?

When advanced tooth decay occurs, the soft pulp inside the tooth can become infected. This can cause severe discomfort and requires treatment from a dentist as quickly as possible. Root canals eliminate the infected pulp and relieve any pain you are experiencing.

When Are Root Canals Necessary?

Once a tooth’s pulp is severely damaged, it usually cannot heal on its own. However, a root canal can often help you save the tooth and repair your oral health. The following signs indicate that dental root canal treatment may be required:

  • Persistent tooth pain, which may be moderate or severe
  • Oral sensitivity
  • Disrupted sleep due to oral discomfort
  • Deep cavities or discoloration
  • Swelling along the gum line

What Type of Dentist Provides Root Canals?

The root canal procedure is administered by a general dentist or an endodontist. While many cases can be treated at our office, we may refer you to an endodontist if your case is severe or complicated. Call us today if you suspect root canal therapy is necessary.

What Happens During Root Canals?

In many cases, simple root canals can be completed within one to two hours. Here’s what to expect during the procedure:

  1. First, the dentist numbs the tooth so that you don’t feel any discomfort.
  2. Then, a small shield is placed in the mouth to isolate the affected tooth.
  3. The dentist makes an opening in the tooth’s crown to access the pulp chamber.
  4. The infected pulp is removed, and instruments are used to clean and shape the canals. Fluid is pushed through the exposed canals to remove debris and disinfect them.
  5. A rubbery substance is used to fill the canals, and then the canals are sealed.
  6. Lastly, a natural-looking root canal crown is used to cap and protect the tooth from future damage.

How Much Will a Root Canal Cost?

The cost of root canals typically depends on how severely damaged the tooth is and what must be done to prepare it for treatment. Other factors determining the cost are the number of roots in the tooth and whether a general dentist or endodontist is performing the procedure. At your appointment, our dentist will outline your treatment plan and answer any questions you have about insurance or payment. Give us a call to schedule an appointment.

Are There Different Types of Root Canals?

Standard root canals are usually performed on molars, but they also can be used for front teeth. An alternative to standard root canals include apicoectomies, which removes the tip of a tooth’s root. Children may undergo a pediatric pulpotomy, which removes diseased pulp but does not affect the nerve.

Does a Dental Root Canal Cause Pain?

Although you may have heard that root canals are painful, the reality is that they are used to relieve pain – not cause it. A root canal dentist also uses local anesthetics to ensure patient comfort throughout the procedure. If you’re experiencing persistent oral pain, don’t put your teeth at risk. Call us now to learn more about our pain-relieving options.

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