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What happens during root canal therapy?
During a root canal therapy session, an endodontist removes inflamed or infected dental pulp, cleans the inside of the tooth, then fills the area with a rubber-like substance.
Can a patient drive after a root canal procedure?
Patients who have not been sedated are usually fine to drive after a root canal procedure. Still, they should check with their endodontist just to be safe. Patients that have been sedated should have a friend or family member pick them up.
What is endodontic therapy?
Endodontic therapy is the treatment of inflamed or infected soft tissue inside the tooth known as the pulp.
Is a referral required to see an endodontist?
No, patients do not need a referral to see an endodontist.
How much does a root canal cost?
Root canal costs vary depending on the number of roots the tooth has. A procedure on the front row, where teeth usually have only one root, costs around $700 per tooth. A procedure on the molars, which can have up to three roots, costs around $900.
How long does it take to perform a root canal?
Root canals can be broken into either one or two visits. With the latter method, the pulp is extracted and the tooth is cleaned during the first visit. During the second, the tooth is filled and sealed.
Treating a single root takes about 20 minutes, while prepping for treatment takes around 30 minutes.
A root canal is a nonsurgical procedure that removes inflamed or infected pulp from inside the tooth. If left alone, the bad pulp causes pain and can potentially create an abscess.
After the pulp is removed, the inside of the tooth is cleaned, disinfected, and sealed with a material called gutta-percha. Then, the tooth itself is secured with a crown or filling.
What are the most common endodontic procedures?
The most common endodontic procedures are:
- Root canal, a pain-relieving, nonsurgical procedure that treats infected or inflamed tissue inside the tooth
- Endodontic surgery, methods that treat conditions that root canals cannot
- Endodontic retreatment, a procedure that restores teeth that have had root canals but failed to heal properly or developed problems later on
- Treating traumatic dental injuries such as chipped or dislodged teeth
- Dental extractions and implants
What is the difference between a dentist and an endodontist?
Endodontists receive regular dental training, but they continue after graduation to study endodontic therapy for an additional two years. While all endodontists are also dentists, less than 3 percent of dentists are endodontists.
An endodontist is a dental specialist qualified to perform procedures involving the soft inner tissue of the teeth. Their primary objective is to treat injured or diseased teeth.