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Cosmetic Dentistry Treatment Options: Composite and Porcelain Veneers

In ever increasing numbers, men and women have been turning to cosmetic dentistry to better their smiles and their appearance. There are many options available to men and women when it comes to cosmetic dentistry in the 21st century. A frequently used and necessary treatment procedure that is used when it comes to cosmetic dentistry is the root canal. Root canals, indeed, are extremely common dental procedures. This article provides you some basic information about when root canals are best used, the procedures that are involved in root canals and the costs associated with root canals.

Of course, if you want specific information about root canals and other cosmetic dentistry procedures, you will want to consult with your dentist. Only an experienced dentists can provide you with all of the necessary information that you need about root canals and other cosmetic dentistry options and procedures that are available to you.

Root Canals: When They are Best Used

The question is not so much when root canals are best undertaken; rather, the question really is when root canals must be undertaken.

Generally speaking, root canals are necessary when the root which connects the main part of the tooth to the gum and jaw “dies” or is otherwise diseased and not functioning properly. If the root is not dealt with through a root canal, the situation will progressively deteriorate leading to rampant infection, severe damage to the subject tooth, gum disease and damage and even problems with the jaw and jaw bone. In short, left untreated, problems within the root of a tooth can spread and magnify significantly.

If you are experiencing pain in your tooth or mouth and cannot identify and obvious reason for that pain, you may be experiencing the onset of problems under the gum with your tooth, problems associated with the root of your tooth.

Procedures Relating to Root Canals

Many people cringe when they hear that they are going to undergo a root canal. Indeed, root canals are not the most pleasant of experiences. However, with the technology available to dentists today, including dentists that deal with cosmetic dentistry, root canals are not as uncomfortable procedures as they historically may have been considered.

Following a diagnosis of the need for a root canal, following x-rays to confirm the existence of problems of conditions that warrant a root canal, the next step is the procedure itself. The dentist will first deaden the area with a product like Novocain. The next step will be drilling into the tooth itself to reach the root.

For some people, the drilling and exposure of the root is uncomfortable and nerve racking even with the presence of Novocain. Nevertheless, this portion of the root canal procedure really does not take that long.

The main phase of the root canal involves the insertion of special tools through the tooth and into the root to “clean out” the material that has accumulated in the root pocket itself -- this can include dead nerve tissue and related matter. Essentially, the dentist uses tools that scrape this material away.

When all is said and done, the discomfort associated with root canals is minimal when one considers the fact that it is a vital procedure to ensure a healthy mouth and smile well into the future.

Costs for Root Canals

As with all other dental procedures, the costs associated with root canals varies. You will want to consult with your dentist in advance of the procedure to determine exactly what a root canal will cost.

The costs will include the initial dental examination which likely will cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $75 to $125. In addition, x-rays will be involved in the process that likely will cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $50 to $110. Finally, the procedure itself will end up costing a patient anywhere from $150 to $300. In addition, in many instances following a root canal, a crown will need to be placed on the tooth in through which the procedure was performed. This will increase the costs associated with the root canal itself.

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