The front teeth are often the most visible in the mouth. Because of this, you likely want to keep them looking their best as long as possible. Which can make having a root canal done on a front tooth seem like an impossible dream. However, there are several options available today that have made. This once daunting dental procedure far less invasive than it once was, and much safer and more comfortable too! Here’s how a Root Canal Front Tooth works!
The Anatomy Of A Tooth
The anatomy of the human tooth is quite amazing. There is a hard outer layer called the enamel, which helps protect the inner layers from dirt and bacteria. The crown (or part of the tooth that sticks out above the gum). Is made up of these layers: Enamel, dentin, cementum, and pulp. The root extends below this point and into your jawbone. While there are many parts to a tooth, most problems happen in one of three ways. Decay or rot from bacteria, trauma such as an accident or blow to the mouth, or not brushing for long periods.
Root canal treatment is used when the nerve becomes infected. A thin needle is inserted into the tooth through its top. And then sealed off by filling it with a local anesthetic. Then it’s removed, leaving only a small hole in the top of the tooth. A tiny medical camera on a wire will be inserted through this hole to find where the infection starts. Once found, a more local anesthetic will be used so that no pain is felt. While cleaning out all traces of infection until clean healthy tissue can be seen again. Finally, fillings will be placed around where the hole was drilled. So that no air or food particles can get inside again!
What Is Involved In Having A Root Canal Procedure Done?
Getting a root canal done is one of the more common dental procedures that we perform. If you have tooth pain and your dentist has identified your problem as an infection. They may recommend getting a root canal.
Root canals happen when the nerve in the tooth dies and bacteria start to grow inside of it. This bacteria can spread to other teeth. Which is why many dentists will recommend getting crowns on the front teeth after getting a root canal done.
When you come in for your appointment, we’ll numb up your tooth with an anesthetic. And then drill down into the tooth, releasing any pus or bacteria that’s been building up there.
What Happens After The Procedure Is Complete?
Getting crowns on front teeth is a process that can take two to three visits. The first visit is an X-ray and consultation with the dentist. The second visit, which takes about an hour, includes the procedure of cleaning out. The tooth, placing a temporary filling, and taking more x-rays.
The third visit is when the dentist places a permanent crown. This typically takes about 30 minutes. Sometimes patients will have to wait for their insurance company’s approval for the crown before getting it put in place. Getting a custom-made crown isn’t cheap either; you may need. To come up with between $800 and $1,200 as your down payment for the final product. The good news is that most dental insurance companies cover part or all of this cost.
What Are The Benefits Of Having A Root Canal Done Vs Getting A Crown?
When a tooth is decayed or damaged, it may need to be extracted and replaced with a false tooth. This process can be done in one of two ways: with a root canal or a crown. A root canal is a treatment for an infected tooth. That has not been too far gone and the decay has not spread. The goal of this procedure is to save the tooth from extraction by cleaning out the decay. Filling it with dental cement, and putting a protective cover over it. To do this, it must first be numb before anything can happen. Once numb, an opening will be drilled into the top of the tooth to get inside.
With an infection, there could also be swelling present in the gum tissue around. The tooth which would require further evaluation. Next, all of the decay is removed and cleaned away as much as possible. While removing any nerves that have died off due to infection. Then comes the time for fillings- they will then use special materials such as a material called gutta-percha which is soft but durable and strong enough to withstand chewing forces without breaking down. Finally, a temporary cap will be put back on your tooth until it heals completely.