A root canal is a type of dental preservation focused on teeth that have diseased interiors. The pulp of a tooth, which is made up of the nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues, may become infected if the tooth is damaged. This infection can cause serious pain for the patient, sometimes to the point that they can't even bite down freely. In root canal therapy, the pulp is removed but the rest of the tooth is left intact. Root canals are often the best way to save a tooth that might otherwise have to be extracted due to decay.
For most people, pain is the main indicator that there is an infection in the tooth pulp. The pain often happens when a person is chewing, although it may be present at other times as well. Some people who have an infection in the tooth pulp may develop swelling around the tooth, which can sometimes be evident even on the outer jaw. Sensitivity while brushing the teeth or while drinking hot or cold beverages is also fairly common in people who suffer from infections in the tooth pulp.
Root canal therapy requires at least 2 different visits to the dentist. During the first visit, the patient will be placed under anesthesia while the dentist extracts the pulp from the tooth. The tooth will be thoroughly cleaned and then packed with medicated materials. A sealant is used to help repel bacteria, as well. A temporary crown will be placed while the permanent one is being created. The permanent crown is very strong and sturdy. It can be treated as if it's natural tooth material. With this crown in place, the tooth is preserved and will be much less likely to become infected again.
At Beverly Hills Specialty Dental Care, we accept most PPOs, select HMO plans for root canal treatment, as well as UC Ship. UC Ship is a system wide plan that provides health benefits to all enrolled students. Here is a list of insurances that we take for PPO plans. Please contact our office for a full list or with any insurance questions.
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