Relieve pain that may have caused you countless troubled days and painful sleepless nights due to nerve infection.
Every tooth contains a pulp chamber found at the center of the tooth between the crown and the tooth’s root canals. The chamber space is filled with a soft tissue, also known as the pulp.
These pulps contain all the nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues in our teeth, which enter through the base of the tooth’s root, travel up through the root canal, and gather at the pulp chamber.
In the event the pulp tissues from your tooth get infected (usually due to decay or fracture due to trauma) and end up causing unbearable pain, root canal treatment may be required to save the teeth, which otherwise may have to be extracted.
The main objectives of root canal treatment are disinfection and prevent reinfection. This treatment involves opening up a small access before removing the pulp tissues from the tooth using small files. The canals are then thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. Medication will be placed in the canal before closing the opening with a temporary filling until the next appointment.
Once your dentist is sure that the canals are clean, they will be sealed with biocompatible material before closing the opening with a permanent filling called the core. If the tooth is damaged severely, a post may be inserted to act as a support for the crown.
Generally, root canal treatment for front teeth is more straightforward than back teeth due to each tooth’s canals and nerves’ complexity. Thus, the cost and number of visits vary depending on which tooth is being treated. In certain more complicated cases, usually for molar teeth, we may refer you to a root canal specialist called an endodontist for treatment.
Root canal treatment saves teeth from being extracted, but they can also weaken them.
During the root canal treatment, your dentist will need to drill through the tooth and then remove infected and decayed enamel, dentin, and pulp. For this reason, teeth with large cavities are weak even when the cavities are filled, thus causing it to be more prone to fracturing.
A dental crown is thus necessary in some cases (especially your back teeth, which are used more for chewing) after a root canal treatment is done to reinforce your tooth and restores its health and functionality.
A critical objective of root canal treatment is to prevent reinfection. Thus, it is important to follow-up after root canal treatment is completed with the appropriate restoration, be it a filling or a crown that will seal up the tooth’s interior and thus ensure the treatment’s success as a whole. A root canal treated tooth can last a lifetime if it is well taken care of.
Before the procedure, the tooth and its surrounding region are first numbed up using local anesthesia to block the sensation of pain. Hence, most patients feel little to no pain while a root canal treatment is being performed!
There may be some discomfort or tenderness after the local anesthesia effect wears off. However, this can be overcome by taking some painkillers. If pain persists longer than advised, do contact your dentist and schedule for a review as soon as possible.
Depending on which tooth requires the treatment, the price may vary as the number of root canals and complexity differs.
Front teeth: $500-$600
In the event of severe infection, the only other alternative will be extraction. However, there are many consequences following an extraction, especially if a replacement is not done after the extraction.
Extracting a tooth does not just involve losing that one tooth but also results in potentially severe consequences to the region. Apart from shrinking the jaw bone, the disruption of the structures’ neutrality leads to tilting of adjacent teeth and over-eruption of the opposing tooth. These usually subtly occur without noticing and may lead to other problems such as gum disease, spacings, and chewing issues.
This is why dentists usually recommend saving your teeth with root canal treatment whenever possible!
Root canal treatment may require two or more visits, especially for more complicated cases. Each visit will usually take 1.5 to 2hour too, depending on each case.
Nonetheless, the process is painless, and we aim to make your experience as comfortable as possible, with monitor screens available to play you a movie if requested!
Don’t hesitate to contact us!