The root canal of a tooth refers to the natural cavity in the middle of a tooth. The pulp is the soft area within the root canal, and all of a tooth’s nerves are located within the canal. But when someone talks about having a “root canal” done, they are referring to a dental procedure that is used to repair and save a tooth. Cracks and chips to the teeth can cause infection and decay to grow within the canal of the teeth. If these damaged or infected teeth are left untreated, the tissue surrounding the teeth will become infected and abscesses can form. While most people do not look forward to having a root canal performed, they are much happier choosing the procedure than the outcomes of not choosing to have it done.
During a root canal procedure, the inside of the tooth that holds the nerve and pulp are removed. What is left of the tooth is cleaned and sealed so that it will function like a normal tooth and will not become infected. For most people, they know that something is wrong inside their mouths because of the pain associated with needing a root canal. Teeth that are damaged or decaying can be very sensitive, can be painful when chewing, and can cause pain to spread to the gums and jawline of the mouth. A root canal procedure should relieve the pain a person feels. A root canal procedure has a greater than 95% success rate, and many teeth that are repaired by a root canal can last a lifetime.
The cost of a root canal will vary depending upon the severity of the problem and the tooth/teeth affected. Many dental insurances cover root canals after patients meet their deductible, but it is not always covered. Depending on the severity of the work needed, the root canal can either be performed by your dentist or by an endodontist. Whichever you choose will also affect the cost of a root canal.
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