When your dentist informs you that you are in need of a root canal treatment they are referring to a treatment designed to remove bacteria from an infected root. These are performed when necessary to save the tooth and prevent future reinfection.
Inside your tooth is a soft tissue that contains nerves, connective tissue, and blood vessels. This soft tissue is referred to as pulp and helps grow and develop the whole tooth and not just the root. When getting a root canal, any infected or inflamed pulp is removed from the tooth. Once the tooth is endodontically treated, it should be no longer infected and the tooth should get a crown to protect the remaining tooth structure which becomes brittle over time after a root canal.
Once the pulp is removed we will clean the inside of the tooth, fill it, and seal it. These days, the procedure is typically completed within one or two visits and is virtually painless. Patients have the option of receiving anesthesia for this type of procedure. There will likely be some pain after the procedure in the form of soreness or general discomfort.
Do I need a Root Canal?
You may want to talk to your dentist about a root canal if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Severe pain in the tooth when chewing or biting
- Swelling in or near the gums
- Discoloration or decay in the gums or tooth
- Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures (even after heat or cold has been removed)
- Recurring pimples on the gums
How Much Will This Cost?
Root canal treatment is a form of Endodontic treatment and is typically partially, if not fully covered in most dental insurance plans. The cost can fluctuate depending on the type of tooth that requires treatment. For example, molars tend to be harder to treat, thus costing a larger fee. Without treatment, the tooth will eventually need to be extracted and replaced which typically costs much more than a root canal treatment. For more information on pricing please contact us and schedule an appointment!