What is a Root Canal?
Root canal treatment is a procedure to relieve dental pain and save your natural teeth. Patients typically need a root canal when there is inflammation or infection in the roots of a tooth. During root canal treatment, an endodontist who specializes in such treatment carefully removes the pulp inside the tooth, cleans, disinfects and shapes the root canals, and places a filling to seal the space. Thanks to modern techniques and effective anesthesia, patients who experience root canals are six times more likely to describe it as painless than patients who have a tooth removed.
Is a Root Canal Right for Me?
Here are some questions you should ask yourself …
- Do you want to keep your natural teeth?
- Do you want to avoid extraction of your tooth?
- Do you want to avoid the costly investment of an implant?
- Do you struggle with eating?
- Does your tooth keep you up at night?
- Are you experiencing a dull throb, hot/cold sensitivity, pain on biting, spontaneous lingering pain, or history of swelling?
- Is there a small bump or pimple in your gums?
- Did you experience trauma?
- Do you need emergency dental care?
- Do you have a crack in your tooth?
- Do you have a deep cavity?
- Does your general dentist recommend a root canal prior to a crown or dental restoration?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then you should consult an endodontist to discuss if a root canal is the right solution for you.
Benefits of Root Canal and Saving your Natural Tooth?
There are many clinical reasons for needing a root canal treatment, but there are also countless practical reasons why saving the natural tooth is a wise choice. Endodontic treatment helps you maintain your natural smile, continue eating the foods you love and limits the need for ongoing dental work. With proper care, most teeth that have had root canal treatment can last a lifetime.
Virtually Pain-Free Procedure
Root canal treatment is virtually painless and often leaves you with less discomfort during recovery than if you have your natural tooth extracted. Thanks to modern techniques and effective anesthesia, patients who experience root canals are six times more likely to describe it as painless than patients who have a tooth extracted.
Efficient and Cost-Effective
Tooth extraction can take longer than root canal treatment due to follow-up appointments required for a denture, bridge or implant; plus the cost may be higher. Most dental insurance plans cover endodontic treatment.
Visually Appealing Result
Crowns not only function like natural teeth; they look great, too. Improve your smile and laugh out loud again with root canal treatment..
What’s The Next Step?
If you think you may need a root canal, then the next step is to schedule a consultation with a root canal specialist. At this visit we will examine and diagnose your tooth/teeth to determine if a root canal is right for you. Your options will be presented and we will work together to save your tooth.