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What is a Dental Root Canal Treatment?

When the interior of your tooth, which is called the pulp, is injured from trauma or tooth decay, you’ll probably be in severe pain. A dental root canal will permanently relieve your pain, since the procedure removes the dead and decayed nerves, along with the damaged pulp, from inside the canal.

Why Is a Root Canal Necessary?

Dentists only recommend root canals when there is no other way to save your tooth. If you’re experiencing the following symptoms, you should call us to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

  • Acute, persistent pain
  • A darkening tooth
  • Extreme tooth sensitivity to hot and cold beverages
  • Pain when biting down

Can Family Dentists Perform Root Canals?

A root canal dentist is a family dentist. Our dentists perform routine root canals here at our local dental office. Endodontists also perform root canals, but typically the more complicated cases. If you need a general dentist who is experienced performing root canals, contact our office to arrange an appointment.

What Happens When You Get a Root Canal?

The approximately one to two hour long procedure involves a dentist removing the nerve and pulp inside the canals, which are then cleaned, shaped and filled. The dentist reaches the pulp by creating a small hole in the crown of the tooth. You’ll have local anesthesia; and rest assured that the procedure does not often hurt. You’ll leave with either a temporary filling or crown and then return for the permanent restoration.

The procedure is not painful, but if you do feel pain, let our dentist know right away. We strive to make all of your visits as pain-free as possible. If you are seeking a dentist that cares about your comfort, call our office to book an appointment.

Is There a Set Root Canal Cost?

No, each patient has different damage to their tooth. The extent of the damage and the number of roots in the affected tooth will also contribute to your cost. If you have dental insurance, you may only have to pay a portion of the cost. Please call our office for an appointment, and one of our dentists can examine your teeth and give you an estimate on what you’ll have to pay.

Are Root Canals Done Only on Molars?

There are molar root canals and front teeth root canals. There are also baby teeth root canals, which are either pulpotomies or pulpectomies. When our dentist performs a root canal on a molar, he or she will suggest a root canal crown, since the tooth is more delicate after the procedure and molars need to exert a great deal of chewing power.

What Do I Do Immediately After Having a Root Canal Procedure?

You may feel slight to moderate pain for a few days after your procedure. Our dentist may prescribe medication for the swelling and he or she will provide you with aftercare instructions as well. Call us if you are experiencing severe tooth pain or you have any other dental problem. Call us to arrange an appointment for a root canal treatment today.

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