Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy is a necessary form of treatment that treats infected material deep inside a tooth. Our practice provides endodontic therapy to save teeth from the need for extraction. If it has been recommended that you receive root canal therapy, it is important to act quickly. The longer one waits for treatment, the lower the chances are of a diseased tooth’s survival. Ryerson & Associates offers effective and comfortable root canal treatment for members of the Muscle Shoals community.

The Root Canal

The root canal is a part of the dental anatomy. Located inside a tooth is a hollowed chamber that contains nerve endings and dental pulp. The pulp within the root canal contains vital cellular material. This chamber is very important to the development of teeth early on but once teeth are developed, the contents of the root canal are not necessary for optimal oral function. The root canal of a healthy tooth is sealed off from debris and bacteria in the mouth. Unfortunately, a badly decayed, cracked, or chipped tooth can develop an internal infection if the root canal is no longer protected.

Why Endodontic Care is Necessary

Endodontic care is necessary to save a tooth from developing infections and damage beyond a salvageable point. Without root canal treatment, a person’s adjacent teeth, gums, and bone could be negatively affected as well. Moreover, an infected root canal means that the nerve ending(s) of a tooth is inflamed. Since nerve endings are involved, an infected root canal is very uncomfortable for patients. Having endodontic therapy will restore one’s comfort and oral function.

What to Expect During Treatment

Some people have negative opinions of endodontic therapy. This may be due to the pain they felt from having an infected tooth or from a negative dental experience in the past. When performed correctly, root canal treatment is not overly uncomfortable. In fact, most people liken the sensations felt during root canal therapy to the sensations felt when receiving a filling.

Those receiving endodontic care will be given local anesthetics and nitrous oxide, if necessary. Once the anesthetics have taken effect, our team will begin treatment. Using tiny instruments, the root canal of a tooth is accessed. Then the nerve endings and dental pulp are removed from the root canal. The treatment site is then cleaned and sealed to protect against the development of complications in the future. In some cases, patients might need a restoration like a dental crown if external tooth structure is badly damaged as well.

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Root Canal Therapy FAQs

What is a root canal?

The root canal is a part of a tooth’s anatomy. Located inside the tooth near the top of the root is a hollowed chamber-like area called the root canal. Within the root canal is important material including the nerve endings of the tooth and dental pulp. When a tooth is healthy, the root canal is sealed off from oral bacteria and debris. Unfortunately, the root canal can become diseased when a tooth is so badly decayed or damaged that the root canal’s chamber is exposed to infection-causing bacteria. When the root canal is infected, it requires professional intervention. Without professional treatment, a diseased root canal can lead to tooth loss.

How long is the root canal recovery time?

Recovering from a root canal is not a long process. In fact, many people return to work or school the day following treatment. Since most people requiring root canal treatment are incredibly uncomfortable before they come to our practice, the recovery period is viewed quite positively because comfort will only continue to increase after receiving care.

Does a root canal procedure hurt?

Receiving root canal therapy is not overly uncomfortable. Most patients liken the sensations they feel during root canal therapy to receiving a filling. When root canal treatment is performed, our team will administer local anesthetics to ensure that the treatment area is effectively numbed. Once the treatment area is numbed, patients should feel pressure during the procedure but not pain.

Prior to root canal therapy, most patients are already feeling considerable discomfort. This is because the nerve ending inside the root canal is inflamed and infected. An infected nerve ending can produce sharp sensations of pain along with nagging achy sensations. One of the treatment objectives with root canal therapy is removing the infected nerve ending. Doing this will substantially improve one’s comfort and stop the continuous symptoms of discomfort.

When it comes to performing any type of procedure, our team takes patient comfort very seriously. Our practice is patient-centered and relationship-oriented. We want our guests to feel welcome, comfortable, and relaxed when visiting our office.

What is the cost of a root canal?

The cost of a root canal can vary from person to person. Factors like the type of tooth being treated and whether one’s circumstances are more complex can affect the cost of treatment. Most dental insurers do offer coverage for root canal treatment. The amount of coverage a person has for endodontic therapy varies from insurance plan to insurance plan.

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Root Canal Therapy

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