What is a Root Canal?
A root canal consists of performing pulp therapy, which involves removing the tissue from the tooth to kill it. Determining if a root canal is right for you is only possible after a thorough evaluation from the dentist.
Dentists in Tijuana will take an X-ray of our AI Technology of your affected area to reveal any bone infection. Despite popular beliefs, this procedure isn’t painful or difficult since the patient is given a local anesthetic before numbing the area. The contaminated pulp becomes expelled from the tooth, cleaning and sterilizing the internal parts of it with antiseptic and antibacterial solutions with utmost precision.
Then, they’re filled and fixed with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. It is essential to seal the canals to keep bacteria from contaminating said territory again. When the tooth heals, it becomes re-established with either a dental crown or filling, depending on how much further the infection went. The tooth will keep on functioning as your natural tooth would.
You need but a single visit to the dentist’s office for a root canal treatment. However, you might require more visits depending on the complexity and how far the infection has gone.
Remember, time is of the essence when it comes to getting a Root Canal. The longer you wait, the harder it becomes to repair existing damage.
Ask Yourself the Following Questions:
- Do I feel pain when consuming hot or cold foods and beverages?
- Can you feel pain when biting or chewing?
- Do I have any loose teeth?
- Are my gums swollen or are any of my teeth damaged?
- Are my teeth discolored?
- Is my face swollen?
If you answered yes to at least two of the questions above, then you might be suffering from a root canal infection.
Top 4 Benefits of Getting a Root Canal Therapy
Let’s face it: root canals have a bad reputation. According to a 2014 report by the American Association of Endodontics, 54 percent of people surveyed said, ”root canals make them apprehensive,” and this number is down from the 2013 survey, which found that 60 percent of patients fear this woefully misunderstood treatment.
Getting a root canal has many benefits, especially when done painlessly:
Simple, quick, and painless. Many people fear root canal therapy because they mistakenly believe this treatment is complex, invasive, and difficult to get through. However, this isn’t the case. In most circumstances, the experience of undergoing a root canal is quite similar to having a filling placed. If you need this treatment, we will begin by providing anesthesia to keep you comfortable and relaxed.
Next, we will create a small hole in your tooth so that we can access the pulp and remove it. Our specialists will then clean within your tooth, seal the small hole, and place a dental crown over it to protect it.
Get rid of your toothache. Suffering from an infected tooth pulp is no fun! This condition can cause:
- Mild to a severe toothache, which could be chronic or intermittent
- A foul smell or taste around the affected tooth
- Swelling in the surrounding gum and jaw tissue
- Trouble chewing or opening the mouth
By addressing the source of these issues, root canal therapy can help you regain your comfort and peace of mind.
A root canal can save a diseased tooth from extraction. If left untreated, a pulp infection could destabilize your tooth’s position within the jaw and deteriorate its most basic structure. Can cause your tooth to fall out or require an extraction simply. Most patients would much prefer to undergo root canal therapy than living with a gap in their smiles or require more advanced restorative treatment such as dental implants.
It enhances your overall health. Living with an infected tooth can be injurious to your general and oral health. Without treatment, bacteria could penetrate surrounding teeth and gums or even travel throughout your system. Undergoing root canal therapy is a proactive way to protect your well-being and maintain a beautiful smile.
A Step By Step Guide To Root Canal Treatment
Root canals have three steps to be covered. The root canal surgery happens in the first one, and it is performed by our specialist in endodontic treatments. On the second step, a general doctor takes action to build up a post to which the crown will be attached.
For the final step, the tooth is ready to have a crown on it or to depend on the case; a simple tooth filling can be executed.
- Removing the bacteria from the root canal system (root canal treatment)
- Removing the tooth (extraction)
However, removing the tooth isn’t usually recommended as it’s better to keep as many of your natural teeth as possible.
After the bacteria have been removed, the root canal will be filled and the tooth sealed with a filling or crown. In most cases, the inflamed tissue near the tooth will heal naturally.
Before having root canal treatment, you’ll usually be given a local anesthetic. Means the procedure shouldn’t be painful and should be no more unpleasant than having a filling. Root canal treatment is usually successful. In about 9 out of 10 cases a tooth can survive for up to 10 years after root canal treatment.
What Is The Process Of Getting A Root Canal in Tijuana?
Before having root canal treatment, our dentist may take a series of X-rays of the affected tooth. This allows them to build up a clear picture of the root canal and assess the extent of any damage.
Root canal treatment is usually carried out under local anesthetic, a painkilling medication that numbs a specific area of the body.
In some cases where the tooth has died and is no longer sensitive, it may not be necessary to use a local anesthetic.
Occasionally, teeth may be difficult to anesthetize. On these occasions, your dentist can use special local anesthetic techniques to ensure your treatment isn’t painful.
Removing the pulp of the tooth. Your dentist will place a rubber sheet (dam) around the tooth to ensure it is dry during treatment. The dam also prevents you swallowing or breathing in any chemicals the dentist uses.
Our specialist will open your tooth through the crown. They’ll then remove any infected pulp that remains. If you have a dental abscess, which is a pus-filled swelling, your dentist will be able to drain it at the same time.
Cleaning and filling the root canal. After the pulp has been removed, your dentist will clean and enlarge the root canal so it can be easily filled. The root canal is usually very narrow, which makes it difficult to fill.
The dentist will use a series of small files to enlarge the canals and make them a regular shape so that they can be filled. This part of the treatment may take several hours to complete and may need to be carried out over some visits.
If the treatment needs to be carried out over several sessions, your dentist may put a small amount of medication in the cleaned canal in between visits to kill any remaining bacteria. The tooth will then be sealed using a temporary filling.
If you have symptoms of the infection, such as a raised temperature or large swelling, you may be given antibiotics to help manage and prevent further infection.
Sealing and fixing the tooth. At your next visit, the temporary filling and medication within the tooth are removed, and the root canal filling will be inserted. Along with a filling, seals the tooth and prevents reinfection.
Will I Feel Pain During or After the Root Canal Procedure?
New techniques have greatly reduced the time needed to perform a root canal, and also greatly limited the potential for discomfort. In almost all cases, root canal therapy can be effectively completed in just one visit. The average time needed to complete a root canal varies but is usually between 30 and 60 minutes.
Specifically, teeth in the front of the mouth (incisors and premolars) can often be completed in 30 minutes, and teeth in the back of the mouth (molars) in about one hour.
You might be wondering, “How is this possible?” The answer is that new technology makes it possible. Much of the work required when shaping the inside of the tooth roots can now be performed with versatile dental files mounted on a slow speed dental drill. Other advances in how the tooth roots are shaped and filled greatly increase the speed and accuracy of the root canal procedure.
So much for the speed, what about the pain? You will be relieved to know that in the vast majority of cases, a root canal can be completed painlessly. The dentist can numb inside the tooth after routine anesthesia is given and also put topical anesthesia on the dental files during treatment.
What is the Recovery Process After a Root Canal?
It’s important to look after your teeth when recovering from root canal treatment. You should avoid biting on hard foods until all of your treatment is complete. After your final treatment, your restored tooth shouldn’t be painful, although it may feel sensitive for a few days.
Over-the-counter painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen, can be used to relieve any discomfort.
Return to your dentist if you continue to experience pain or swelling after using painkillers.
In most cases, it’s possible to prevent the need for further root canal by:
- Maintaining good oral hygiene
- Not consuming too much sugary food
- Giving up smoking if you smoke
Why Does the Pulp Need to Be Removed?
When the pulp is damaged, it breaks down, and bacteria begin to multiply within the pulp chamber. The bacteria and other dying pulp remnants can cause an infection or abscessed tooth.
An abscess is a pus-filled pocket that forms at the end of a tooth’s root. In addition to an abscess, an infection in the root canal of a tooth can cause:
- Swelling that may spread to other areas of the face, neck, or head
- Bone loss around the tip of the root
- Drainage problems are extending outward from the root. A hole can occur through the side of the tooth, with drainage into the gums or through the cheek into the skin.
How much will the Root Canal Procedure Cost in Tijuana?
The average prices for root canals in the United States range from $2000 to $2500. Prices vary depending on different factors, such as the number of canals in the tooth, location of the tooth and the experience of the dental professional.
Here at Trust Dental Care, you can expect to pay 75% less for an excellent service at the hands of Dr. Cirenia Aparicio Miranda. She’s a highly trained dentist in Tijuana with over two decades of expertise in dentistry, and she is the only U.S. licensed dentist in Latin America
The Dental Work Was Amazing
His ability to restore my mouth without crowns was incredible! I have absolutely no pain. As a matter of fact, this is the first time my mouth hasn’t hurt in 10 years
Are There Safer and Healthier Alternatives to Root Canals?
To help avoid the need for a root canal in the first place, adopt a healthy oral hygiene routine and check up with your dentist regularly. The root canal helps maintain your natural smile, and with proper care, a root canal by our Tijuana Dentist is a permanent solution.
Extraction. One of the most popular alternatives to root canals is the extraction of the offending tooth and the replacement with a bridge, implant or partial denture. According to the American Association of Endodontists (AAE), this doesn’t compare with the advantages of saving the natural tooth if possible.
Natural remedies. It’s well-known that food choices can affect oral health, and proponents of natural remedies suggest that there are ways to heal dental infections through diet. These typically include eliminating all processed sugars from the diet, eating high-quality protein and avoiding grain products, among others. It’s never a bad idea to embrace a healthier lifestyle, but eating fruits and vegetables won’t restore a cracked tooth or fill a deep dental cavity.
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