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Root Canal Therapy – Wayne, PA

A Solution for Infected Teeth

Root canal therapy in Wayne has a reputation of being painful, but this couldn’t be further from the truth; modern techniques and technologies have made the procedure more comfortable than ever. In fact, by removing infections that can cause serious toothaches, the surgery can actually be considered a type of pain relief! If there’s a pain in your tooth that hasn’t gone away after a couple of days, contact Premier Family Dental for a consultation.

What is a Root Canal?

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While “root canal” is usually used to refer to the surgical procedure, it’s actually the name for a part of the tooth’s anatomy. It’s the hollow section that contains the pulp, which is a collection of nerve tissue, blood vessels and other cells. When a cavity is left untreated, bacteria can eventually enter the root canal and attack the pulp, infecting it.

Root canal therapy is the process of removing the pulp from the tooth, thus stopping the infection from spreading further and causing more damage. Even without the pulp, the tooth will still be able to perform all of its important functions in the mouth (chewing, holding the other teeth in place, and so on).

Why Do I Need a Root Canal?

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Infected pulp is not a problem that will go away on its own. In addition to constant pain, you might find that your tooth is now sensitive to hot or cold foods, and you might notice some swelling. Even if the pain does eventually fade, it’s no reason to celebrate; it means that the infection has totally destroyed the nerves of the tooth and can spread to the jawbone.

Sometimes the only way to deal with an infected tooth is to extract it altogether, but if it can still be saved, a root canal will get rid of the diseased tissue while letting you retain a full smile.

Recovering from a Root Canal

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You may experience some sensitivity or discomfort for a few days after root canal therapy. This can usually be controlled with over-the-counter pain medication and usually won’t stop you from returning to your normal activities the day after the surgery.

You should stick to a diet of soft foods for a while after treatment; avoid anything that’s particularly hard or crunchy. A crown is usually placed to protect a tooth where a root canal has been performed; if you haven’t received a permanent crown yet, chew with the other side of your mouth in the meantime.

Root Canal FAQs

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Once a tooth has sustained significant damage to the point that the pulp is now suffering, a filling will not be enough to restore it. Thankfully, if the problem is caught in a timely manner, a root canal in Wayne can remove the infection and save the tooth from having to be extracted altogether. If you’re like most patients, you probably have some concerns about the procedure that you’d like to be addressed before going through with it. That’s why we’ve answered some frequently asked questions about root canal therapy down below.

What Can I Expect During a Root Canal?

First, we administer a potent local anesthetic (and sedation if need be) to ensure you’re comfortable and don’t experience pain during the procedure. Then, we create a tiny access hole in the tooth and use a special instrument to remove the pulp. Next, we thoroughly sanitize the inside of the tooth. Once we replace the pulp with a synthetic material called gutta-percha, we place a temporary crown on top of the tooth and the healing process begins.

How Long Does a Root Canal Take?

The duration of the root canal procedure varies based on where in the mouth the tooth is located. Generally speaking, the father back in the mouth you go, the longer it will take, as back teeth have more canals that need to be cleaned out than front teeth do. In most cases, your dentist in Wayne can complete a root canal in 60 to 90 minutes.

Will People Be Able to Tell That I Had a Root Canal?

Not at all! We personalize each and every one of the dental crowns we make for our patients. Once your permanent crown has been cemented onto your tooth, no one should be able to differentiate it from the rest of your pearly whites.

How Much Does It Cost to Get a Root Canal?

Much like the time it takes to perform a root canal, the cost of the procedure also depends on which tooth is being treated. Molars, or back teeth, require greater skill and precision since they have more root canals. As a result, root canals on those teeth tend to cost more.

The majority of dental insurance companies classify root canal therapy as a major restorative procedure. Based on the details of your policy, you might be covered at 50 to 80 percent of the cost. Not only does out practice accept and file claims for all insurance plans, but we can also help you apply for a low-interest loan through CareCredit to help finance your oral healthcare.

How Can I Prevent the Need for Future Root Canals?

Root canals are often required when decay reaches the center of the tooth. So, the best way to avoid needing one is to practice good oral hygiene. Brush twice a day, floss every evening, and visit Wayne Family Dentistry for a checkup and cleaning every six months or so.