Root Canal and Crowns In Irving, Plano and Desoto, TX

Dr. Naren Mikkilineni serves the residents of Irving, Plano and Desoto, Texas. They specialize in various procedures involved in general dentistry, including root canals and dental crowns.

Root Canal and Crowns

Expert Root Canal Dentists for Effective Dental Care

A root canal treatment is generally used when it’s necessary to save a natural tooth which may be infected, or which may have been damaged in some kind of accident. It’s also possible that untreated cavities have progressed to the point where an infection has occurred, and has impacted the pulp of the tooth, which would then need to be cleaned and disinfected. A root canal procedure is preferable to simply removing the tooth, because it preserves the natural shape and positioning of the original tooth, and in the vast majority of cases, the root canal procedure is extremely effective.

Root Canal and Crowns

What Is a Root Canal?

When a root canal procedure is performed, the nerve and the pulp associated with that tooth must be removed, and then the inside of the tooth has to be cleaned out and completely sealed. If such a treatment is not performed, the tissue associated with the tooth will eventually become infected, and that will promote the formation of abscesses. The term ‘root canal’ itself actually describes the natural cavity which is situated directly in the center of any tooth.

In this center area, the pulp or pulp chamber is located, and the nerve which leads to and from the tooth is also found in this root canal. The reason that the nerve associated with the tooth can be removed without harm, is that it only serves to provide a sensation for hot or cold. The function of the tooth itself will not be affected by the loss of the nerve at all, so there’s no problem with removing it during a root canal treatment.

When the pulp of the tooth becomes damaged, it typically breaks down and allows the multiplication of bacteria to take place within the chamber. These bacteria, along with other decayed materials, can promote the formation of an abscessed tooth or an infection. An abscess is a pocket filled with pus which forms near the end of the tooth roots.

Once an abscess is formed, it will generally cause swelling that spreads to other areas around the face, and it can contribute to bone loss at the tip of the root. Pus can also begin draining through the side of the tooth, into the gums, the cheek area, and into the skin. To avoid all these potential problems, or to manage them once they have already occurred, it will generally be necessary to perform a root canal.

What Happens During a Root Canal?

It’s usually necessary to perform a root canal treatment over several visits with your dentist. The first step in the process is to have an x-ray taken, so the shape of your root canal can be identified, and it can be determined whether or not there are signs of infection in the bone surrounding your tooth. Next, it will be necessary to use a local anesthetic to numb the area around the affected tooth, just so you can be more relaxed.

Your Signature Smiles of Plano dentist will then generally place a sheet of rubber around the tooth, so that the area can be kept dry and free of saliva as the process is being performed. Then an access hole will be drilled into the tooth, and all pulp and bacteria, along with any decayed nerve tissue will be removed. Root canal files will be used to clean out the chamber, and water will be used to flush away any debris.

Once the tooth has been completely cleaned, it might be sealed right on the spot, or your dentist may choose to wait a week before sealing the tooth. This usually happens if your dentist suspects an infection has occurred, and deems it necessary to wait until the infection clears up. At a later appointment, the interior of the tooth would be filled with a sealer based on a rubber compound, which is placed into the root canal.

A filling is then used to fill up the hole created for access at the beginning of the treatment. The final step of the treatment is to place a crown or some other type of restorative object over the tooth to provide ongoing protection.

Success Rate for Root Canals

Root canal procedures are one of the most successful of all dental processes, achieving a 95% success rate historically. In most cases, teeth which have been fixed using a root canal are capable of providing normal service throughout the entire lifetime of the individual patient. It is actually fairly rare for any root canal procedure to be a failure, although there are a few complications which can arise. Probably the most common complication would be to have a new infection develop after the procedure has been performed.

This is possible if a crack in the tooth goes undetected, or if there are more than one root canal associated with the tooth, and one of them doesn’t get cleaned. It’s also possible for the inner sealing material to break down over a long period of time, so that bacteria can again contaminate the inner portions of the tooth. All of these complications however, are fairly uncommon, and the root canal procedure is generally completely effective.

Cost of Root Canal

The cost of any root canal procedure will generally be dependent on the severity of the problem surrounding the affected tooth. Generally speaking, a root canal treatment for an incisor tooth might range anywhere from $500 – $1000, and if the tooth is a molar, that cost will rise to between $800 and $1500. If some kind of restoration is needed after the procedure, that would involve an additional cost, and there could be another additional charge if an endodontist is required to perform the procedure.

Root Canal Near Me

Are you in search of a local dentist? By conducting an online search for ‘root canals near me,’ you can easily find a dentist or dental specialist who is proficient in performing root canal procedures. This search will generate a list of nearby dentists within a short distance from your location, offering root canal treatments to patients in the area. Once you have this list, you can schedule an initial consultation to assess the severity of your condition and become acquainted with the specific dental specialist.

What Is a Dental Crown?

In essence, a dental crown is a cap or covering which protects a tooth which has been damaged. Dental crowns can be made from a number of different materials, but the most popular materials are either porcelain or metal. Some dental crowns can be designed so they match all the other teeth in the specific area of your mouth, and are thus almost impossible to notice.

If a crown is made of metal, it is much more likely to be noticeable because the color of the metal will stand out from the other white teeth. Depending on what your priorities are, you can choose the type of dental crown which works best for you. It may be that projecting a natural appearance is your top priority, and in that case, a porcelain crown that matches your other teeth would be best.

If cost is your number one concern, you may want to go with a metal crown, since those are somewhat less expensive. For strength and long-term durability, most dental crowns will fill the bill, so you won’t have to sacrifice effectiveness for aesthetic appeal or cost.

What Types of Dental Crowns Are There?

In recent years, a number of different types of dental crowns have emerged as viable possibilities when it comes to placing a cap over a damaged tooth. As previously stated, porcelain is one of the most popular materials for making a dental crown because it can be constructed so as to match the same coloration of your existing teeth.

Ceramic dental crowns can also achieve this kind of matching coloration, and are strong to boot. Other types of dental crowns you might want to look into are those made of a composite resin, dental crowns made of metal, or zirconia dental crowns. It’s also possible to have a crown made from a combination of materials such as porcelain and metal.

In some situations, the type of material used for your dental crown may be influenced by the tooth’s location, or by how much of the tooth shows when you’re smiling. Other factors might be the tooth function, how much actual tooth has been preserved, the position of gum tissue, and the color of teeth in the area.

Your Signature Smiles of Plano dentist is likely to ask you about your personal preference, so you should be prepared to supply that information. Dental crowns can also be categorized by their expected shelf life. For instance, a temporary crown will only be in your mouth for a short while. This kind of crown is used while you’re waiting for a more permanent type of crown to be produced. A temporary crown is only attached with a removable adhesive, and then a permanent one will be emplaced at a later appointment.

In some cases, it’s possible to produce a permanent crown during one visit, but it will be necessary for the dental office to be equipped with CAD/CAM equipment. In this case, your permanent crown will be produced from a ceramic block while you wait in the dental office. There are other types of crowns known as 3/4 crowns or onlay crowns which don’t cover the entire tooth. One of these might be sufficient to cover the damage done to your tooth.

How much does a Dental Crown cost?

Depending on the material that is used to produce your dental crown, it may cost anywhere between $800 and $1500. If you opt for a more expensive material such as gold, that could cost you significantly more. Generally speaking, metal alloy crowns are much less expensive than porcelain or gold crowns.

In terms of the procedure itself, increased costs may be incurred when the dentist has to perform additional preparation work before installing the crown. A perfect example of this is when it’s necessary to do a root canal prior to crown installation. Most insurances will cover at least part of a dental crown, so that will make it necessary for you to inquire about the uncovered cost of the procedure.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

When is a Root Canal Necessary?
Root canals are normally recommended when the soft tissue or pulp of the tooth becomes damaged, infected, or inflamed. Deep cavities, broken or cracked teeth, or damage caused by poor health or dental hygiene, can cause infections to work their way deep into the center of the tooth. Infections that involve the root or pulp of a tooth can be extremely painful. Removing the root and repairing the tooth can help to preserve the outer sections and eliminate the risk of losing it altogether. A temporary crown will be placed over the top of the tooth to help protect it from any further damage.
What Are Crowns Made Of?
Dental crowns can be either temporary or permanent. They are made from a variety of different materials including, porcelain, resin, plastic, and gold, or gold alloys. Temporary dental crowns are normally made of less durable materials like resins and plastics simply for the fact that they are not intended to remain in place for a long period of time. Dental crowns that are made of porcelain, gold, and other metal alloys are extremely durable and can withstand years of use. Dental crowns made out of gold and other metals are the most resistant to chipping and will last indefinitely. Porcelain dental crowns may break or crack if put under intense pressure.
If you have any questions about root canal procedures or dental crowns, contact Signature Smiles of Irving: 214-307-4715, Plano: 214-307-4755 and Desoto: 469-643-4155.