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Severe tooth pain is something that needs immediate attention. Fortunately, we have a root canal specialist on staff at Jupiter Dental Group to perform root canals and other types of endodontic treatment.
Endodontists specialize in diagnosing and treating problems with the soft inner tissue of the tooth, known as the pulp. The word “endodontic” comes from the Greek term “endo” which means inside and “odont,” meaning tooth.
Endodontists are dentists who, after completing dental school, go through two or more years of additional education in this type of treatment. They study root canal techniques and other types of endodontic procedures in great detail. General dentists often refer their patients to endodontists so they can receive specialized care.
Why Is a Root Canal Needed?
A root canal is a common dental treatment performed to remove an infection in the soft center of the tooth. That soft center is called the pulp and contains nerves and blood vessels. If it’s infected or damaged, it can become inflamed and very painful.
If the infected tooth is not treated, you could experience:
- Swelling around the tooth
- Severe toothache
- Tooth discoloration
- Extreme sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
- Gum infection
- Bone loss around the tip of the root
- Needing the tooth to be pulled
While people often joke that they’d rather do anything than get a root canal, the process is not actually painful. Instead, it eliminates the tooth pain you have. Call our root canal specialist at Jupiter Dental Group at (561) 459-1399 to see if root canal treatment would eliminate your toothache and save your natural tooth.
What should I expect from a root canal treatment?
Modern dentistry has made getting a root canal easy. The procedure typically takes no more than two hours to complete and is as comfortable as getting a filling. Here is a quick look at the steps involved:
- The tooth is numbed.
- The endodontist makes an opening in the top of the tooth (crown) to get access to the inner pulp.
- The endodontist uses a series of tiny files to remove the infected pulp.
- The endodontist disinfects the area, and reshapes the root canals.
- The doctor will fill each canal with a special substance and then seal the tooth.
- Later, the general dentist will place a permanent crown to protect the tooth from fracturing.
How Much Does a Root Canal Cost?
The cost of root canal treatment in Jupiter is based on the complexity of the therapy. Depending on the type of tooth, it may have one or more canals. A root canal on a front tooth is less expensive than a root canal on a molar, which has more root canals.
Frequently, your dental insurance will cover some or the entire cost of the root canal treatment. To find out what your cost is estimated to be, call our office at (561) 459-1399 to schedule a consultation.
What Should I Expect After a Root Canal?
After a root canal and crown is finished, the tooth is restored to normal. It should be easier to chew, speak, and smile since there was no extraction. The best part is that the toothache caused by the infection will be completely gone.
Teeth restored through root canal therapy generally last for a very long time when maintained with proper dental hygiene. Call Jupiter Dental Group today to learn how root canal therapy could help you.