Root Canals in Deltona, Florida
When the decay in a tooth gets to the point that it hits the nerve, the infection can spread quickly into the pulp chamber of the tooth and cause an abscess. When this happens, a Root Canal Therapy, also known as endodontic treatment, is performed on the tooth. Root canal therapy has gotten a bad reputation, but the truth is, most of the time, if your tooth is abscessed, you will experience LESS discomfort after the treatment! Once the nerve and infection are removed from the tooth, it’s just a matter of time for the body to heal the area.
So, what is a “root canal” anyways? Well, in simple terms, if decay has gotten deep into the inside of a tooth it can spread into the root chamber. There is a small opening at the bottom of each root that “feeds” the tooth via a blood supply. This provides nutrients to keep the tooth healthy, as well as a nerve that notifies you of pressure or temperature changes. When an infection gets into this chamber, the body tries to protect itself and white blood cells attack it. This creates the abscess or swelling and puts pressure onto the nerve causing discomfort. Doing root canal therapy involves removing the nerve and blood supply (and infection) and sealing it up with a medicated material that blocks the infection from spreading.
The success rate on root canals is close to 90% these days. In the past, the techniques were a little less refined and the success rate was significantly lower. Using our modern technology and materials, we even have patients that fall asleep while getting their dental work done because it is so comfortable!
The front teeth often have only one root, whereas the bicuspids tend to have two and the molars often have three of more canals that need to be cleaned out, so they are a little more “technique-sensitive”. If the decay extends below the gumline, it may be necessary to do a procedure called “crown-lengthening” in which we need to trim the tissue back to allow room to place a crown restoration on top of the tooth. In other cases, we may simply place a composite filling in the top of the tooth and monitor it over time.
Dr. Zerivitz is experienced in all of these procedures and can help make your process go smoothly. If you are having pain in your tooth, don’t wait, as the sooner we are able to get to it, typically the more conservatively we can treat it. Dentistry, and in particular taking care of an active infection, is one area that waiting, typically makes things end up being more complicated over time.
ROOT CANAL FAQ’s
Are root canals painful?
Generally speaking, if you ‘catch’ a tooth early in the infection process before it has abscessed, the procedure is relatively painless. The patient is numbed prior to treatment. If you wait until there is an active infection, it may become more challenging to numb the tooth.
How much is a root canal?
The cost of the root canal depends partly on the dentist, the location and the number of the roots. Generally speaking, the cost will be approximately equal to the price of a crown for your area. There are specialty procedures that can be done during a root canal or steps that need to be done after a root canal such as placement of a crown or possibly a post to support the crown that should also be considered when deciding whether to do a root canal or not.
Why is a root canal done in two visits?
Depending upon the tooth and the condition of the surrounding area, a root canal therapy is done in either one or two visits typically. Some dentists like to remove the infection first and let the tooth “quiet down” before they fill in with the medicated rubbery sealer. They want to make sure the tooth is comfortable to pressure before capping it off.
Not all sensitivity means you need a root canal. In some cases, it may need something simpler. Call our office today if you are experiencing pain or have sensitivity in your teeth to hot or cold.