Root Canal Therapy
Each tooth’s root system contains tissues and nerves that are responsible for delivering nutrients and blood supply to the tooth and keeping it alive. When tooth decay or trauma exposes this tissue, it can become infected and damaged, leading to the tooth’s partial or complete death.
What Is a Root Canal?
When Is a Root Canal Needed?
What to Expect During a Root Canal Procedure
First, the patient is assessed in a consultation appointment to determine the severity of the pulp infection or injury and sometimes given antibiotics and ibuprofen two to three days prior to treatment to calm the infection and inflammation and help with post-op healing and sensitivity. At the treatment appointment, anesthetic is applied to numb the area and no pain is experienced during treatment. A small opening will then be made in the tooth from which the pulp will be removed. The tooth roots are instrumented and flushed with a special solution to remove debris and infected tissue and then sterilized. The tooth roots are then filled and sealed and a temporary filling is placed. After waiting about one week for healing, composite material and or a dental post is added to the tooth for foundation strength and a crown is prepared and bonded to the tooth which finalizes the treatment.
Is a Root Canal Painful?
If a patient experiences any pain, swelling, or tenderness following treatment(which is rare), over the counter medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen will typically provide adequate relief.
How Much Does a Root Canal Cost?
The cost of a root canal ultimately depends on the type of tooth being treated, the extent of a patient’s infection, the amount of work that needs to be done, and the patient’s dental plan. Most dental insurance policies will cover root canal expenses, and our office staff is happy to work with patients to determine the procedural costs before a root canal appointment.
Request Complimentary Consultation
This is a 30 minute appointment to discuss a current condition, cosmetics or emergency treatment.