Get Affordable Root Canal Treatment at Penn Dental Medicine

Monday, April 4, 2022
Get Affordable Root Canal Treatment at Penn Dental Medicine

Teeth may become infected in many ways:

  • Deep decay
  • Repeated dental procedures on the tooth
  • Faulty crown
  • Crack in the tooth

Any of these problems can expose the tooth’s pulp to harmful bacteria. Once you have an infected tooth, the only way to save it is endodontic treatment, more commonly called root canal therapy or root canal treatment.

How do you know when you need a root canal? How long does a root canal take? And what happens after the procedure?

How Will I Know Whether I Need Endodontic Treatment?

 Man wearing vest and necktie holds his right hand to his mouth, indicating pain that will require a root canal procedure. A tooth’s nerve isn’t essential to its health and functioning. Thus, endodontic treatment is preferable to extraction. While the tooth may be more susceptible to fracture afterward, it will keep functioning normally without the nerve.

You need endodontic treatment when the tooth’s pulp is damaged, whether from trauma or infection. The infection can become an abscess—a pocket of pus in the tooth. An abscess can spread deeper into the jaw, surrounding tissues, or other body parts. Root canal treatment is the only way to keep infection from spreading.

Tooth pain is the most common symptom of a tooth requiring root canal therapy. If the tooth is still alive, you’ll feel extreme sensitivity to hot and cold. The affected tooth may start hurting spontaneously. This pain can become a severe, generalized headache.

If the nerve root has died and becomes abscessed, you will only feel pain when putting pressure on the tooth. An abscess may cause severe swelling of the surrounding area, which would indicate the need for emergency treatment.

Intense toothache can masquerade as root canal pain, but may indicate another condition requiring different treatment. You need a thorough examination from an endodontist for proper diagnosis.

What Does Root Canal Therapy Involve?

Masked and gloved dentist bends over man reclining in dental chair to perform an endodontic treatment in about 90 minutes.Most patients drastically overestimate how long a root canal takes. It averages one or two visits of about 90 minutes each.

The endodontist makes an opening through the tooth’s top to remove the infected pulp from its inner chamber. The canals are cleaned with sodium hypochlorite or another disinfecting solution. Then, the endodontist shapes the canals to ensure all infected structures are removed. A series of X-rays will confirm the canals are being adequately cleaned and shaped.

If treatment requires only one appointment, the endodontist will fill the root canal and place a crown to seal the tooth. If it requires two visits, the endodontist will place calcium hydroxide in the canal to kill bacteria, and may prescribe an antibiotic to fight infection. Then, the endodontist will seal the opening with a temporary filling until the second appointment.

Because anesthesia is used, you shouldn’t feel anything during treatment. Afterward, your tooth may feel a bit sore or numb, but any discomfort should resolve itself within a few days.

What Comes After a Root Canal Procedure?

After a root canal treatment, the endodontist will apply a permanent filling to protect the tooth from bacteria. A custom restoration such as a crown will be placed over the filling to support the tooth. If the tooth has lost considerable structure due to cracks or extensive decay, porcelain or gold alloy may be needed. Once the crown is placed, the treated tooth will be indistinguishable from your other teeth.

How long does a root canal take at Penn Dental Medicine? Generally, patients experience slightly longer treatment times in exchange for our more affordable, discounted rates. An institution of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, we provide premium care through student dentists overseen by experienced dental professionals.

Have you been experiencing deep tooth pain, sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, or a severe headache that started as a toothache? Seek immediate care from an endodontist.

To schedule a consultation for a low cost root canal procedure at Penn Dental Medicine, call us at 215-898-8965.

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