ROOT CANALS | ENDODONTIC TREATMENT
A root canal procedure is performed to treat a damaged or diseased tooth.
During a root canal, the endodontist removes damaged or decayed tissue, alleviating pain and discomfort and restoring the tooth to health. Today’s root canals are almost pain-free and are no cause for concern or worry. The main goal of a root canal is to relieve pain and make your teeth healthy again.
At Goodness Dental, our cutting edge endodontic equipment and specialists can complete your root canal in one or two appointments, depending on the tooth condition. The procedure is often as quick as receiving a couple of fillings. Following treatment, you’ll return to smiling, biting and chewing with ease in 1-3 days. Some sensitivity may last for 5-7 days following treatment.
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is also known as an endodontic treatment. “Endo” is Greek for “inside” and “odont” is Greek for “tooth.” So, an endodontic treatment treats the inside of the tooth. A root canal is the most commonly known type of endodontic treatment.
Inside every tooth, beneath the outer enamel and the second hard layer called dentin, is the soft tissue center called pulp. This delicate center contains the blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue, responsible for helping your tooth grow during early development. Interestingly, a fully developed adult tooth is able to survive even after the pulp is removed during the root canal, because the surrounding tissues continue to support and sustain the tooth.
Do You Need a Root Canal?
You may need a root canal if your tooth’s pulp, the soft tissue inside the tooth, becomes inflamed or infected. If your tooth or teeth have deep decay or if you have received repeated dental procedures on the tooth, you may need a root canal. If you have a crack or chip in the tooth, you may need a root canal. Sometimes, a patient sustains an injury that may cause pulp damage even if the tooth does not appear to have any visible chips or cracks. It is important not to ignore a damaged tooth. If an inflamed or infected tooth is not treated, it can cause severe pain, possibly resulting in an abscess.
If you think you might need a root canal, it’s advised to pay attention for the following signs:
- Tooth pain
- Prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold
- Discomfort from chewing
- Discoloration of tooth
- Swelling and discomfort in the lymph nodes and adjacent bone and gum tissues
Occasionally, there are no obvious symptoms of endodontic problems. This is why routine dental exams are important for your overall dental health.
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The Root Canal Procedure:
A Root Canal Endodontic treatment is performed using the following steps:
- Examination by Endodontist:
- Local Anesthesia
- Dental Dam: After the tooth has been numbed, a small protective sheet called a “dental dam” is placed over the area to keep it clean during the procedure.
- Cleaning: An opening is made in the tooth crown. The pulp is removed from the pulp chamber and root canals, leaving the space clean and ready for filling. Goodness Dental offers patients the safety and security of a high powered microscope to ensure that all biological materials are removed prior to filling. This guarantees our patients a successful root canal procedure.
- Filling: After cleaning, the root canal is filled with a biocompatible material. This material is secured with adhesive cement to seal the root canal. Oftentimes, a temporary filling is placed to close the opening. This temporary filling is removed before the tooth is further restored.
- Restoration: After your endodontic treatment, you may need a crown or other restoration to protect and restore your tooth, allowing full function. If the tooth does not have sufficient structure to hold the restoration, a post may be placed inside the tooth. It’s best to discuss the specific details of your treatment with your dentists.
Re-Treatment of a Root Canal:
Sometimes it may be necessary to re-treat a root canal. In cases where the patient has sustained new trauma, deep decay, or a loose, cracked or broken filling, which may cause new infection, these must be treated again. Occasionally, the endodontist may discover additional very narrow or curved canals that could not receive treatment during the initial endodontic procedure.
What are the Benefits of a Root Canal?
The greatest benefit of a root canal is that it eliminate tooth pain and saves the natural tooth. A natural tooth is almost always better for the following:
- Easy chewing
- Normal biting and sensation
- Natural appearance
How Much is a Root Canal in Costa Rica?
In the USA, a root canal may cost from $900 to $1500. A root canal in Costa Rica may cost from $350 to $500 depending on the complexity of the treatment. Regardless, a root canal endodontic treatment and restoration of the natural tooth are much less expensive than extracting the tooth and replacing it with an implant or bridge. When possible it is generally recommended to save your natural tooth.
Goodness Dental has a full team of endodontic specialists and is fully equipped for every endodontic need, including emergency care. We look forward to helping you smile without pain! Please fill out the form on this page to learn more about our root canal treatments in Costa Rica.