Often preceded by excessive decay, trauma or cracks, a root canal treats an infection inside the tooth (the pulp) when the tooth’s internal nerve dies and is the sole remedy that preserves the patient’s natural tooth. Diagnosis is done by x-ray and/or symptoms.
A root canal, endodontic therapy, remedies a tooth that has infected pulp, and the intention is to preserve the patient’s natural tooth. Likewise, a total extraction provides the same remedy for the infected pulp, however, the tooth is not preserved and a total replacement is required following the extraction. If the infected tooth is extracted, the most common replacement options are a dental bridge or a dental implant.
The pulp of a tooth contains the blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue inside a tooth, damage to the pulp can result in the death of a tooth.
A root canal is the most effective means of saving a tooth when the pulp is infected, and is often the preferred treatment given it is less costly overall and less involved than total extraction and replacement.
The complexity, cost and precise method of treatment associated with a root canal is directly related to the location and complexity of the problem within the mouth. Consult with your local Comprehensive Dentist to discuss a treatment plan for your root canal.
American Dental Association uniform procedure codes and treatment descriptions categorize root canals as one of three types:
Of course this only applies when a root canal is done instead of a total extraction.
Pain (moderate to extreme), sensitivity to hot and cold.
The first step in the care of this problem is to have an examination with a dentist, which may be immediately followed by treatment. To schedule an appointment for a Root Canal with our Comprehensive Dentist in Palm Harbor, please call our office.
Dr. Caputo and his staff are generally able to schedule appointments quickly, whether you’re looking for an initial visit or a follow-up appointment.
Any patient, new or existing, may begin a course of treatment by availing themselves of a Comprehensive Examination by and Consultation with Dr. Caputo at a cost of $96. See offer details.
A root canal can be performed using sedation dentistry, in combination with local anesthesia.
Dr. Caputo offers patient’s the choice of four forms of sedation during a root canal procedure:
Once the infected area is cleaned, shaped and disinfected, the canals within the tooth are sealed to prevent future infections. The desired result is to save the tooth despite the death of the nerve. Most root canals can be performed in one visit; tooth reconstruction is a separate procedure.
Following treatment of the diseased area, some form of tooth restoration is required, ranging from a simple filling to a post and crown. If a tooth is not restored appropriately after root canal therapy, it is prone to fracture, decay and/or re-infection.
The type of tooth restoration which takes place is dependent on the conditions present leading up to the root canal procedure. In most instances, a temporary filling is placed in the tooth following the root canal and remains in place until the tooth reconstruction takes place in a subsequent visit.
Following a root canal one of the following forms of tooth reconstruction is used:
Other factors which determine the precise method of reconstruction may largely rest with the patient, including the use of a crown (cap) to protect the reconstructed tooth, and/or cosmetic treatments, to ensure the uniform color of your teeth following the procedure.
Most patients’ experience little pain following a root canal, however, pain relievers are generally provided to address any discomfort. Systemic antibiotics may be indicated.
Are you tired of living with pain and would like to learn more about our root canal services? Then you need to meet with Dr. Caputo and begin the creation of your personalized care plan.
If your are looking for a Dentist in the Clearwater area, then give Dr. Caputo’s office a call.
Comprehensive Examination & Initial Consultation with Dr. Caputo. five x-rays, oral and facial photographs. Includes a review of your general and oral health history, complete with a treatment and/or personal care plan.
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