Root Canals

Root Canals

When people hear that they need a root canal treatment, they’re usually filled with terror. Some even believe that a root canal means you’ll lose your teeth entirely.

While the necessity of root canal treatment does indicate that an infection has spread deep into your teeth, it’s not a very complex procedure. At West Orem Dental, we make sure that we protect your teeth and that we conduct the root canal procedure without causing you any pain or distress. Please continue reading for a detailed description of the root canal procedure.

What is an Abscessed Root Canal?

Root canal procedure is used to either save or repair a tooth that’s seriously infected. Our teeth contain a soft tissue called pulp deep under the white enamel and the hard dentin layers. This pulp contains blood vessels and nerves. These nerves aren’t vital because they’re only responsible for hot or cold sensations, which is why they can be removed without consequence.

A root canal treatment becomes necessary when the infection spreads to the pulp chamber. When this happens, bacteria start spreading in the pulp, which leads to an abscessed tooth, i.e., the formation of pus pockets in the roots of the tooth. An abscessed root canal is extremely dangerous because it can lead to severe swelling of the face and neck, bone loss around the roots of the tooth, or even infection of the gums and skin.

As such, an abscessed root canal treatment is necessary so that the dentist can excavate the teeth and remove all of the infected pulp to stop the infection from spreading further.

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Signs that you need a Root Canal Treatment

Root canal is a pretty serious and advanced treatment. In some cases, root canal treatment is necessary. However, in most cases, if you just watch out for certain signs, you may even be able to avoid root canal treatment by treating the disease before it reaches the pulp. The following are some signs you may need a root canal treatment:

  • Extreme pain in your teeth while chewing and biting.
  • Formation of pimples around the gums.
  • Chipped or cracked tooth.
  • Extreme sensation of cold or hot in your teeth even after the object has been removed.
  • Swollen gums.
  • Tender gums that bleed easily while brushing.
  • Darkening gums or visible cavities.


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Root Canal Procedure

The root canal procedure may require several visits to your dentist or endodontist’s office. The following are the steps involved in the root canal procedure:

  • First, the dentist will take x-rays to determine if there’s infection around the bones.
  • Anesthesia will be used to numb the sensation around the affected teeth so you don’t feel any pain. Using anesthesia isn’t always necessary because most of the nerves in the area will be dead anyway because of the infection, but most dentists still use it as a precaution.
  • The dentist will place a rubber dam around your teeth so that there’s no saliva interference.
  • The dentist will drill a hole into the teeth and remove all of the infected pulp along with the dead nerves and other debris.
  • Various root canal files are then used to clean out the drilled hole. While doing this, the dentist will use water or sodium hypochlorite to remove all of the excess debris.
  • Next, the tooth will have to be sealed. The dentist may do it immediately or they may also apply some medicine for the infection and wait for a week before filling up the canal.
  • If the dentist chooses to wait for a week before filling the canal, they will place temporary fillings in the tooth to prevent contamination in the form of food and saliva.
  • The insides of the tooth will be sealed with a sealer paste and a material called gutta percha. The exteriors of the tooth will be filled using composite resin, porcelain, or other filling materials.
  • It’s important to note that a tooth is generally left weakened after a root canal treatment. As such, to protect it from further damage, dentists often recommend placing a dental crown over the tooth to prevent it from breaking.

Frequently Asked Questions about Root Canals

How long does a root canal take?

A root canal procedure generally takes around 90 minutes.

How much does a root canal cost?

The cost of root canal treatment depends on various factors, including the region of the affected tooth. However, the cost of a root canal procedure may range from $300 to $1,800.

What is the structure of the root canal?

The structure of the root canal consists of the pulp chamber, the primary canals, and some branches that connect to the root of the tooth.

What are typical symptoms of root canal infection?

Symptoms of root canal infection include severe toothache, sensitivity to temperatures, swollen or bleeding gums, etc.

Does root canal treatment solve hot/cold tooth sensitivity?

Yes, root canal treatment does solve hot/cold tooth sensitivity because the damaged nerve inside the tooth is removed.

Can a tooth regrow after a root canal?

A tooth cannot regrow to its original or healthy state after a root canal treatment.

Why is a root canal considered oral surgery?

Root canal is often referred to as oral surgery, but it’s actually a minimally invasive procedure similar to a filling. In this case, however, the dentist has to drill a little deeper than they have to for a regular filling.

Consult a Good Doctor Who Does Root Canals

At West Orem Dental, we have some of the best dentists and endodontists who can perform a root canal treatment with minimal complications or discomfort. We examine your teeth thoroughly and make every possible effort to save your teeth and prevent root canal completely. We only perform a root canal if it’s absolutely necessary and we also offer restorative services to protect your teeth after the procedure. For more information, please schedule an appointment today.

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