When most of us think of teeth, we think of the hard surface layers that we see. But teeth have an interior portion called the pulp that contains the nerves, blood vessels, and other tissues that support the health of the tooth. This pulp extends from the center of the tooth down to the roots, traveling through narrow channels or canals.
When this deeper portion — the root — becomes damaged by decay or trauma, a root canal treatment is performed to remove the damaged pulp and preserve the natural tooth.
Root canal procedures involve the following steps:
Once the tooth is filled, it needs to be “capped” with a crown to protect it. Dr. Singh prepares the tooth by removing a small amount of the surface material.
He then takes an impression and sends it to a lab where the crown is made. A temporary crown is placed on the tooth to protect it in the meantime. Your permanent crown will be installed on the tooth at the next visit.
Once the pulp is removed from your tooth, the tooth can become weak, which means it’s more likely to become broken or damaged. The crown is necessary to provide structural integrity so your tooth remains strong. Also, a tooth that has a root canal treatment can become gray or dark after the pulp is removed, so the crown helps maintain a natural appearance.
When a tooth can be “saved,” yes, it’s better to have a root canal. Having a root canal preserves your natural bite balance and avoids bone atrophy that occurs following tooth loss so you can prevent future tooth damage and even subsequent tooth loss. Most patients feel more confident when they can keep their natural teeth, and root canal treatments are usually less costly than an extraction followed by a restoration.
Dr. Singh is experienced in advanced pain management techniques, including the use of local anesthetics and sedation methods so you will remain comfortable throughout your treatment. Once your root canal is complete, you can manage temporary discomfort with over-the-counter pain relievers.
At Sunny Smiles Dentistry, we understand that the cost of even the most basic dental care may be prohibitive for some of our patients. However, we believe that no patient should have to forgo dental treatment because cost is a concern. We offer convenient financing vendors and payment options so that even the most advanced dentistry treatments are within the reach of each of our patients. We also make it a point to fully inform patients of the cost of treatment before we begin a procedure, so patients will never suffer "sticker shock" when they receive their bill.
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