Root Canal Therapy
What is a root canal?
A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed. This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need for bridges or dental implants.
At the center of your tooth is the pulp. Pulp tissue is a collection of blood vessels and nerves that helps to build the surrounding tooth. Infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, or repeated dental procedures. Symptoms of the infection can be identified as visible injury or swelling around the tooth, sensitivity to temperature or pain in the tooth and gums.
If you experience any of these symptoms, your dentist will most likely recommend non-surgical treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp. This injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. This therapy usually involves local anesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits depending on the tooth involved. Success for this type of treatment occurs in about 90% of cases. If your tooth is not amenable to endodontic treatment or the chance of success is unfavorable, you will be informed at the time of consultation or when a complication becomes evident during or after treatment. We use local anesthesia to eliminate discomfort. You will be able to drive home after your treatment, and you probably will be comfortable returning to your normal routine.
What happens after treatment?
It is rare for endodontic patients to experience complications after routine endodontic treatment or microsurgery. If a problem does occur, however, we are available at all times to respond. To prevent further decay, continue to practice good dental hygiene. Crowning a root canal treated tooth is usually advised to prevent tooth fracture, as the tooth becomes dry and brittle once the blood vessels are removed.
How much will it cost?
The cost associated with this procedure can vary depending on factors such as the severity of damage to the affected tooth and which tooth is affected. Most dental insurance plans consider root canal therapy to be basic disease control, and cover the procedure at the same rate as dental fillings. In general, endodontic treatment is much less expensive than tooth removal and replacement with a bridge or dental implant.