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At Chichetti & Patel Dental Wellness we go to any lengths to save teeth for our patients. We are able to help many people restore the functionality of a dying or damaged tooth with a procedure known as a root canal.
A root canal is able to help over 15 million Americans per year, making it a relatively common procedure performed at clinics across the US and we are certainly familiar with it ourselves! Here is what you need to know about root canals
Root Canals - What You Need To Know
A question that many people wonder about before their first root canal is if it is painful - no. Root canals are performed when the area is numbed using anesthetic or Novocaine. We can assure you that modern dentistry is not a painful experience, which is a relatively common fear.
The root canal is performed when the pulp of a tooth has been infected or when a tooth has become damaged. The pulp contains nerves and blood vessels, but isn’t required to keep a tooth alive. The procedure itself involves removing the pulp from the tooth and replacing it with gutta-percha - a rubber-like substance that restores the internal structure of the tooth. Once the tooth has been filled, it is then sealed and a dental crown is placed.
A dental crown is a topic in itself and your desired material used will ultimately affect the final cost of the procedure. For example, porcelain and gold crowns are extremely durable, but are some of the most expensive. Composite resin is one of the more common materials used due to its tooth-like coloring and affordability.
How Long Does This Procedure Take?
Depending on the severity of the damage a root canal procedure can take as little as 30 minutes or as long as 90 minutes. On average you can expect the appointment to last around an hour, but as stated - this can vary.
When Does Someone Require a Root Canal?
As previously mentioned, a root canal is performed on the pulp of a tooth that has been affected. More common than not, a root canal is done for patients suffering from either deep stages of decay or very large cavities where an inlay isn’t enough. A cracked tooth can also be saved with a root canal as long as the crack has not extended below the gumline.
Preventing Tooth Decay
Many oral health problems are caused by a lack of dental hygiene. It is crucial for everyone to brush, daily - twice a day for two minutes at a time. It is too common for people to skip brushing for days at a time while consuming food and beverages that contribute towards bacterial growth. You should also floss once a day to get rid of plaque that accumulates between teeth. Following this rule from the ADA will keep your smile happy and healthy!
At Chichetti & Patel Dental Wellness we want everyone to have the best smile possible and that starts with a clinic you can rely on. If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment with us you can call our office at 704-629-8081.