HOW IS A ROOT CANAL PERFORMED?
To perform a root canal, first a clinical examination that includes X-rays is performed. Local anesthesia is then administered. A rubber dam is then placed to keep the tooth isolated, clean, and free from contact with saliva during the procedure.
An opening is made in the crown of the tooth to access the ducts where the infected pulp is located. With a disinfectant irrigating solution, the chamber where the pulp of the root canals is located is cleaned. Subsequently, these ducts are filled with a biocompatible material, generally gutta-percha with a cement, to ensure a complete seal. Finally, a temporary or definitive restoration (“filling”) is placed or it is reconstructed with an inlay, dental crown or cap, depending on the need and the healthy remnant of the tooth or molar.
HOW MUCH DOES A ROOT CANAL COST?
The price of a root canal varies depending on the complexity of the tooth that needs to be treated. In other words, performing a root canal on a tooth with one canal (where the nerve is lodged) will always be a simpler intervention than a tooth with three or more canals. Root canal prices vary depending also on the working time and whether the techniques used are mechanized or manual. If we think about how much a root canal is worth, we must consider that it is a process that lengthens the life of the tooth, avoiding more expensive treatments.