Non-Surgical Root Canal Therapy
A root canal is a common dental procedure. Fourteen million root canals are done every year. A root canal can save your natural teeth and prevent the need for implants or bridges. A root canal involves removing the pulp from the tooth to eliminate an infection. Infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks, 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.
Dr. Hoffman or Dr. Patrick begins root canal therapy by administering anesthesia. She will then clean and seal the canal. It may take multiple visits, depending on the extent of the infection. If your tooth does not have a good prognoses, Drs. Hoffman or Patrick will discuss this prior to initiating treatment.
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What Happens After Root Canal Treatment?
When your root canal therapy has been completed, you will need a permanent restoration in this area. If the root canal was performed on a front tooth (referred to as an anterior tooth), the tooth may only require a white filling material called composite. However, if this front tooth has discoloration from the nerve dying or large restorations, it may require a full-coverage crown. If a root canal is performed on a posterior tooth, a crown is required to protect the tooth. It is rare for patients to experience complications after a routine endodontic root canal. If a problem does occur, however, we are available to help. To prevent further decay, continue to practice good dental hygiene.
How Much Will Root Canal Treatment 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 less expensive than tooth removal and replacement with an artificial tooth.