What is is root canal?
A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed, approximately 14 million every year. This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need for dental implants or bridges. At the center of your tooth is pulp. Pulp is a collection of blood vessels 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 of 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.
How is a root canal performed?
The injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. This therapy may be completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required. Success for this type of treatment occurs in approximately 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, and we will provide nitrous oxide analgesia if indicated. You will be able to drive home after your treatment, and you will most likely be comfortable returning to your normal routine.
What happens after treatment?
When your root canal therapy has been completed you will be scheduled for the necessary definitive restoration for the tooth. It is rare for endodontic patients to experience complications.
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. In general, endodontic treatment is much less expensive than tooth removal and replacement with an artificial tooth.
You should be comfortable returning to your normal routine after this simple procedure that can save your natural teeth.