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What is a Root Canal

root_canalWe at Dr. Steven A. Rosenberg’s office in Plantation, Florida are always asked about the procedures that we offer. While we offer many different procedures one of the most common that we perform are root canals. If you have never had one or just curious, you may be wondering, what exactly is a root canal?

First, keep in mind that there is no need to be worried if your dentist prescribes a root canal procedure to treat a damaged or diseased tooth. Millions of teeth are treated and saved this way each year, relieving pain and making teeth healthy again.

Tooth Talk

Inside your tooth, beneath the hard white enamel and dentin, is a soft tissue called pulp. This pulp tissue contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue, which help grow the root of your tooth during its development. A fully developed tooth can survive without the pulp because the tooth continues to be nourished by the tissues surrounding it.

 

It’s very similar to a routine filling and can usually be completed in one or two appointments, depending on the condition of the tooth and one’s personal circumstances. Getting a root canal is relatively painless and extremely effective. You’ll be back to smiling, biting and chewing with ease in no time.

 

Root Canal Advantages

  • Efficient chewing
  • Normal biting force and sensation
  • Natural appearance
  • Protects other teeth from excessive wear or strain

What is a Root Canal

A root canal is a serious dental procedure. Before engaging in any type of dental work, it’s important to know the facts about root canals, from the procedure, potential pain, and price.

The actual ‘root canal’ is the process of medically removing a seriously injured or diseased tooth. Also known as endodontic treatment, the root canal is the most effective way to relieve serious pain and make teeth healthy again. In addition to relieving pain, a root canal also helps protect surrounding teeth from excessive wear or strain.

 

Do I Need a Root Canal

Root canals are typically needed for a cracked tooth from injury or genetics, a deep cavity, or issues from a previous filling. Patients generally need a root canal when they notice their teeth are sensitive, particularly to hot and cold sensations. Sensitive teeth indicate that harmful bacteria are getting into the nerves of the jaw and must be removed.

How Long is a Root Canal

Although the procedure time varies based on the type of tooth, a root canal can take around 90 minutes per tooth. Most anterior teeth can be completed in one hour, while premolars and molars can take up to two hours to complete. For retreatment (being treated again), procedure times can change wildly.

 

Do Root Canals Hurt

Since patients are given anesthesia, a root canal isn’t more painful than any other regular dental procedure. This includes fillings or getting wisdom teeth removed. However, a root canal is generally a bit sore or numb after the procedure, and can even cause mild discomfort for a few days.

How Much are Root Canals

Although the price depends heavily on your insurance carrier and it also varies significantly based on the type of tooth. The average cost of a root canal can range anywhere from $500 to $2,000. Generally speaking, front teeth tend to cost between $500 and $1,000, and molars (back teeth) costing upwards of $1,000.

 

A dentist like Dr. Steven A. Rosenberg cares for his patients unlike any other dentist in the South Florida, primarily the Plantation area. Whether you are getting extensive work done like a root canal, Invisalign, crowns, or full dentures, or lighter work such as whitening, fillings, or preventative oral care, this is your dentist’s office.

 

Dr. Rosenberg is a Miami, Florida native who received his undergrad degree from Emory University and got his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Georgetown University Dental School. He has been in private practice for over 20 years. Dr. Rosenberg is President-Elect of the Broward County Dental Association. He is Vice President of the Broward Dental Research Clinic where has been on the board of directors for five years. He is a member of the Intracoastal Study Club. Professional memberships include the American Dental Association, the Florida Dental Association, the Atlantic Coast District Dental Association, and the Broward County Dental Association.


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