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If you have a sharp toothache, you likely need immediate help. If your tooth has a particularly bad infection that has reached the soft inner pulp, it may require a root canal. An endodontist is a root canal specialist and we have one on our team here at Towncare Dental of Bonita Springs.
Endodontists are dentists who continue their education past dental school for two or more added years to study root canal techniques and procedures. The word “endodontic” comes from the root words “endo” meaning inside and “odont,” which means tooth. General dentist will refer their patients to an endodontist when necessary.
What Is Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal treatment, which is also referred to as root canal therapy, eliminates infection from the pulp of a tooth. The pulp area is in the space of a tooth that contain nerves, blood vessels, and other cellular structures. It stretches from the center of the tooth down through the roots. Root canal therapy is a much-used method to preserve teeth and save them from extraction.
For years, people have joked they’d rather do anything than have a root canal. But honestly, modern dentistry has made it so a root canal is not painful. In fact, it eliminates pain. Call our root canal specialist at Towncare Dental of Bonita Springs at (239) 494-4720 to see if such treatment is needed to eliminate your toothache and save your natural tooth.
When Is a Root Canal Needed?
The hard covering of a tooth is the enamel, which can become cracked, chipped, or severely decayed, causing the pulp of the tooth to become infected. The best way to save that tooth is for an endodontist to perform a root canal.
Symptoms that may be signs a root canal is needed will include severe tooth pain, a deep cavity, dental pain that interrupts sleep, sharp pain when biting, extreme sensitivity to hot or cold, severe gum swelling around the tooth, and tooth discoloration.
Our endodontist in Bonita Springs performs all types of root canals. Call today for your root canal therapy consultation.
What should I expect from a root canal treatment?
Modern-day dentistry makes getting a root canal about as easy and comfortable as getting a filling. The procedure takes just one to two hours, on average.
The root canal process typically includes these steps:
- Our endodontist will numb the tooth so the patient does not feel any pain.
- The doctor will make an opening in the crown, or top of the tooth, to allow access to the inner pulp.
- The endodontist uses special tools to remove the pulp that is infected, then disinfects the area, and shapes the root canals.
- The specialist fills the canals with a special substance and then seals the tooth.
- At a second appointment, your regular dentist will place a permanent crown on the tooth to protect it from fracturing.
How Much Does a Root Canal Cost?
The cost of root canal treatment in Bonita Springs can vary, depending on the intricacy of the procedure. A front tooth which has only one root, will be less expensive than a molar, which can have up to four roots.
Most dental insurance policies typically cover some of the cost of the root canal treatment. To learn what your portion may be, call our office at (239) 494-4720 to schedule a consultation.
What Should I Expect After a Root Canal?
The tooth is restored to normalcy once a root canal and crown are complete. Because the tooth was not extracted, it will be easier to chew, speak, and smile. The best news of all is that the toothache and infection are gone.
Any teeth restored through root canal treatment generally last for a long time when maintained with proper dental hygiene. Call Towncare Dental of Bonita Springs to find out how a root canal treatment could help you.