What Is a Root Canal?
As scary as root canals may seem, they are actually one of the most common and simplest dental procedures performed. A root canal is a dental procedure in which bacteria is eliminated from the root canal, preventing reinfection and saving the natural tooth.
Inside the center of the tooth is a soft tissue called pulp. Infection of this pulp may occur due to trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks, chips, or replicated dental procedures. Someone with infection may experience swelling of the tooth, sensitivity to temperature, visual injury of the tooth, or pain in the tooth and/or gums.
How Is a Root Canal Performed?
If you are experiencing infection, your dentist may recommend non-surgical treatment to dispose of the infected pulp. Once this pulp is removed, the root canal will then be cleaned out and sealed to prevent reinfection. This treatment often includes local anesthesia and will be completed in one or more visits, depending on the case. Nitrous oxide analgesia will also be provided if designated.
Nine out of ten cases experience success using this non-surgical treatment. However, if by rare chance your tooth is not reparable with treatment, you will be informed at the time of consultation or as soon as the complication becomes evident.
After receiving a root canal treatment, you will be able to drive home and return to your comfortable normal routine with ease.
What Happens After Root Canal Treatment?
Once your treatment has been completed, we will notify and send a record of your treatment to your restorative dentist. Within a few weeks of your treatment, we recommend calling your restorative dentist’s office for a follow-up restoration. It is up to your restorative dentist to provide you with the type of restoration necessary to protect your tooth/teeth. It is extremely rare for patients to experience complications after treatment; however, we are always here to help you with whatever needs you may have.
How Much Will Root Canal Treatment Cost?
The cost of a root canal varies, depending on the case. Overall, endodontic treatment (root canals) are much less expensive than removal or replacement procedures.