Are you experiencing severe tooth pain along with gum swelling and prolonged sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures? If so, you probably need a root canal, which removes the diseased pulp from the interior of your tooth and stops the pain. Our practice in Waterside specializes in providing root canal therapy. Make your appointment as soon as possible to get rid of the pain and to give our dentist the best chance of preserving your tooth. Call us today.
The Root Canal Procedure
Having a root canal treatment will make you feel much better, so do not avoid scheduling an appointment. Our dentist uses local anesthesia, meaning you should not feel pain during the procedure. Afterwards, the pain is completely gone, except for minor discomfort the day after the procedure. Many people say it is quite a relief and they do not know why they hesitated to call for an appointment. Call our office today to schedule your appointment.
What Does a Root Canal Procedure Entail?
Figure on spending one to two hours here while our dentist performs your root canal. During your first visit, he or she will examine you and decide if a root canal could save your tooth. If you agree to go forward, our dentist will:
- Administer a local anesthetic to numb the tooth and gum
- Place a rubber dam around the tooth to keep bacteria away from your other teeth
- Drill an access hole in the tooth’s crown (the part of the tooth visible in your mouth)
- Remove the infected pulp that contains the nerves, tissue and blood vessels
- Clean and disinfect the canals
- Fill the canals with an inert material and seal them
- Place a temporary filling in the access cavity
Since you tooth was damaged or infected, it won’t be as strong as it was. Our dentist will place a crown (an artificial tooth) over the tooth on your final visit, although you may be able to get away with a large filling if our dentist can save enough of the tooth. Exercise caution and don’t bite down on hard foods with the tooth until you receive your crown.
Do General Dentists Perform Root Canals?
General dentists often perform root canals when they are considered common, routine procedures. Make an appointment to see our dentist who will determine if we can do the procedure at our practice. While there are times when our dentist will refer you to a trusted endodontist to treat teeth with multiple roots or intricate canals, you can usually have your root canal here. Our dentists are root canal specialists, and have experience performing this service for many different cases. Contact us to schedule your appointment with an experienced dentist.
How Much Does a Root Canal Treatment Cost?
Even when you are in pain, it is natural to wonder how much a root canal will cost. If our dentist recommends a root canal, there isn’t any other option left to save your tooth. Since a root canal is medically necessary to keep infection from spreading, many dental insurance policies cover all or part of the cost, including the cost of the crown or permanent filling. Even without insurance, our root canal costs are affordable. We also offer dental payment plans so our patients can afford the care that they need.
We cannot provide you with a price over the phone because there are too many variables. Our dentist is the only person who can give you an estimate, and then only after an examination. The severity of the infection and the location of the tooth play a major role in determining your fee.
An extraction may be less expensive initially; however, replacing the tooth with a bridge, partial denture or an implant is more expensive than a root canal. Moreover, not replacing missing teeth can lead to bone loss in your jaw, which makes you look older.
Don’t wait too long to schedule an appointment with a dentist because the infection could become so severe that an extraction is your only option. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment with one of our qualified dentists. He or she will do their best to save your tooth and your smile.