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Cavities are incredibly common, and they can cause mild to severe pain. However, cavities aren't the only threat to your teeth, and if you get an infection, you may need root canal treatment. If you would like to know more, keep reading.
What Is a Root Canal Treatment?
Root canal treatment involves opening the tooth and removing the tooth's pulp. The pulp contains the blood vessels and nerves. For this reason, irritation of the pulp can cause severe pain. Some of the pulp sits in the tooth's crown, but much of it also sits in the tooth's roots.
To reach the pulp in the roots, the dentist uses special small files, which the dentist inserts into the root canals to scrape out all the pulp. If any pulp is left behind, it can lead to future complications. After removing the pulp, the dentist closes the tooth. They will recommend a crown to strengthen and protect the tooth from breaking.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Root Canal Treatment?
A good candidate for root canal treatment should have dying or dead pulp. Pulp can die after direct trauma to a tooth, such as getting hit in the face during a high-impact sport. However, in many cases, root canal treatment is needed for a tooth infection. If decay reaches the tooth's pulp, an abscess may develop, but root canal treatment eliminates the infection.
Root canal treatment isn't as cheap as an extraction (the only alternative to root canal treatment), and your insurance may only cover some of the costs. Plus, because the filling that replaces the pulp weakens the tooth, you will need to pay for a dental crown, which may or may not be covered by insurance. For this reason, you need to ensure you have enough to pay for both procedures.
Who Performs a Root Canal Treatment?
Your dentist may perform a root canal treatment, but many dentists refer patients to an endodontist. Endodontists specialize in the tooth's pulp. This means they have more experience performing root canal treatment.
Endodontists also have special equipment like magnifying glass lights so they can better see inside the root canal. This reduces the risk of leaving some pulp behind. If any pulp is left behind, an infection can develop again. If this happens, you can usually fix it with another root canal treatment.
Root canal treatment has a terrible reputation, but it is a great treatment that saves dead teeth, which can save you money in the future because you won't need to replace the tooth. If you would like to know more, or if you think you have a dental infection, contact a dentist today.