Importance of X-Ray Before Root Canal Treatment

A root canal procedure or treatment is one of the major dental services that is done to a person who has infected nerves due to extensive tooth decay. It is done to repair such tooth and save it from extraction and possibly leaving the person still having a complete set of teeth.

When is Root Canal Treatment Necessary?

Root canal procedure is not done as a preventive measure. It is a restorative dental procedure because it is done to a tooth that has already been decayed. The decaying of the tooth results in the penetration of its nerves and pulp. This causes too much pain to a person and some would even experience swelling and abscess or pus formation. The pain that a tooth that needs root canal treatment brings is spontaneous. It does not need any cause so that a person feels the pain. The surge of pain just attacks a person without a clue. The affected tooth hurts in the middle of a person’s sleep, or even when you are not eating or using it. This is one of the most common reasons why a root canal treatment is necessary.

How Much Does a Root Canal Procedure Cost?

The amount that a person has to pay when they need a root canal procedure all depends on the tooth and the professional that will do this specific type of dental service. Endodontists, dentists who have received specialty training involving root canal procedure, are more expensive than those general dentists. Also, the molars and pre-molars cost more than the incisors or canine because of the number of roots. Molars are multi-rooted, which means they have more than one root in a tooth, which also means that they cost more than those single-rooted teeth, such as the incisors or canine. Aside from the cost of the procedure, a person who needs root canal treatment also needs an x-ray or panoramic x-ray before the treatment is started.

 X-Ray Before Root Canal Treatment

Why is an X-ray or Panoramic x-ray Needed before a Root Canal Treatment?

If you have friends or relatives who have undergone a root canal procedure, you might have heard that an x-ray of the affected tooth is taken before the treatment itself. The most important aspect of having an x-ray is to confirm whether the root canal treatment is really needed or not.

Basically, a panoramic x-ray is done for examination purposes. It will show the dentist the decaying capacity of the teeth and the extent of the damage the affected tooth has. From the x-ray of the decayed tooth, the dentist can plan the whole treatment procedure. It shows how easy or complicated the root canal procedure will be and the dentist can prepare for it. Aside from that, the tools he or she will be using can be determined through the x-ray of the tooth because the number of roots, their sizes, as well as their curve and depth will be revealed.

What are the Basic Steps in a Root Canal Treatment?

Once the need for a root canal procedure is confirmed through a panoramic x-ray, the dentist will prepare the necessary equipment, such as local anesthetics, drills if necessary, fillings, and some more. After all the preparation, the procedure is now all set.

  1. The surrounding gums will be numbed using a local anesthesia.
  2. A rubber dam will be placed around the affected tooth to prevent contamination, thus preventing further damage.
  3. Once the tooth is all set and ready, a drill will be used to put a hole and expose or reveal the damaged nerves or pulp. Decayed portion of the tooth are taken and if there are fillings affected, it will also be removed.
  4. The nerve or pulp remnants will be extracted and the chamber will be cleaned.
  5. After the cleaning, the tooth will be sealed by fillings or whichever the client prefers.

Depending on the affected tooth, the procedure may be done through different appointments. You just have to comply with it so that no further damage will happen.