What is a root canal?

Root canal surgery is one of the most well-known, and yet the most unpopular dental procedures amongst patients.

Many people associate the procedure with intense pain, whether they have had the procedure done to them or not. It is safe to assume that almost everyone has heard a horror story of a friend of a friend, who has had to have a root canal procedure performed, and regretted it.

But what is a root canal surgery – and is it really that painful?

By definition, a Root Canal is a procedure to replace infected pulp in a root canal, the pulp-filled cavity in the root of a tooth, with an inert material. The point of the surgery is to save a tooth that is badly infected, to avoid extraction.

During root canal therapy, the pulp is removed, and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed.


What is the tooth pulp?

WebMD explains, the pulp or pulp chamber is the soft area within the center of the tooth and contains the nerve, blood vessels, and connective tissue. The tooth’s nerve is in the “root” or “legs” of the tooth. The root canals travel from the tip of the tooth’s root into the pulp chamber.


Is this covered by dental insurance?

Yes. Root Canal surgery is a specialised dentistry procedure, and is covered by most dental insurance providers. Affinity Dental’s three packages, Silver, Gold and Platinum, all make provision for these procedures.


Is the pain really that bad?

Most people associate the procedure with pain, however intense pain is uncommon, and should be investigated by a medical professional.

During the procedure, you will be administered an anaesthetic which should numb the area completely, and your dentist should also give you pain medication to take home, to manage any pain you may have after the fact.


If you have any concerns about your imminent Root Canal surgery, don’t hesitate to call your physician and have him walk you through the procedure. To find out the extent of your cover, visit Affinity Dental’s customer care and have one of our agents speak to you about your options.

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