Dr's. Zerbe and Richey
Family and Cosmetic Dentistry
880 Cass St, Suite 104, Monterey, CA 93940
• 4 minute read
Many people often feel apprehensive when their dentist suggests root canal therapy. After all, most people have probably heard the old cliché, “I’d rather have a root canal.” Although many people think it is painful, root canal therapy is a pain-relieving treatment and surprisingly more common and safer than you think.
Root canal therapy, also known as endodontic treatment, is a procedure that removes infections from inside a tooth and protects it from future damage. The roots of a tooth contain the blood cells and nerve tissue, also known as the pulp. The pulp nourishes your tooth and provides moisture to the surrounding tissue. When the enamel of your tooth deteriorates from decay or trauma, the pulp becomes exposed. It is the nerves in the pulp that sense hot and cold temperatures as pain.
Signs that you may need root canal therapy include:
There are several reasons why dentists recommend root canal treatment. Endodontic treatment helps you keep your natural tooth, eat the foods you love, and minimizes the need for ongoing dental treatment.
With proper care, teeth that have had root canal therapy can last a lifetime. Other benefits of root canal therapy include:
Root canal treatment is done in three simple steps, and it typically takes between one and three sessions to complete. The first appointment includes a full exam with x-rays and a consultation to give you all the information you need to feel confident about the procedure. At the second appointment, these steps are performed:
The root canal procedure typically takes only one appointment. However, if you have an extensive infection, curved canals, or very long canals, you may need additional appointments. In most cases, your third and last appointment is the crown placement. After root canal therapy, the tooth will still receive nutrients from the ligaments that anchor the tooth to the bone.
As with all dental procedures, follow-up care is critical to preventing further infections. To avoid complications, you should always follow the instructions given by your dentist. If you are prescribed an antibiotic, be sure to take them as directed.
To support your recovery, your dentist may recommend the following:
The cost of your root canal treatment depends on many different variables. Which tooth needs treatment, the canals’ complexity, and the type of final restoration you choose are just a few. Many dental practices offer in-house payment plans or credit programs to help you get the care you need. The price of a root canal may seem expensive, but the preservation of your smile is well worth the investment.
Root canal treatment is a highly successful procedure that has helped millions of people keep their natural teeth. It can also save you money by preventing the need for complex restorative treatments.
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