Root Canal Therapy
What Is a Root Canal?
A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed, well over 14 million procedures occur every year. This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need of dental implants or dental bridges.
At the center of your tooth is a pulp, which is a collection of blood vessels that helps to build the surrounding tooth. Infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, 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.
How Is a Root Canal Performed?
If you experience any of these symptoms mentioned above, Dr. Timothy A. Pfountz will most likely recommend non-surgical treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp. This injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. This therapy usually involves local anesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required. Success for this type of treatment occurs in about 90% of cases.
If your tooth is not amendable to endodontic treatment, or the chance of success is unfavorable, you will be informed at the time of consultation or when a complication becomes evident during or after treatment. We use local anesthesia to eliminate discomfort. In addition, we will provide nitrous oxide analgesia, if indicated. You will be able to drive home after your treatment and you probably will be comfortable returning to your normal routine at that time.
What Happens After Treatment?
When your root canal therapy has been completed, the tooth will need a restoration ranging from a core (a small filling to seal the biting surface of the tooth) or a dental crown (to cover the entire tooth to protect it against fracture). It is rare for endodontic patients to experience complications after routine endodontic treatment. If a problem does occur, however, we are available at all times to respond. To prevent further decay, continue to practice good dental hygiene.
How Much Will a Root Canal Cost?
The cost associated with this procedure can vary depending on factors such as the severity of damage to the affected tooth as well as which tooth is affected. In general, endodontic treatment is much less expensive than tooth removal and replacement with an artificial tooth.