A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed–well over 14 million every year. And, this simple treatment can save your natural teeth preventing the need for dental implants or bridges.
At the center of your tooth is pulp. Pulp 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 and/or sensitivity to temperature or pain in the tooth and gums.
How is a root canal performed?
If you experience any of these symptoms, your dentist likely will recommend nonsurgical 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 amenable 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.
At The Pampered Tooth, we use the latest technology to help you relax during your procedure. Our use of rotary endodontic instruments, localized antibacterial agents, and “continuous wave obturation” (the latest technology in filling the canal of the tooth’s root after it has been properly cleaned and disinfected) help make the process faster, safer, and more efficient. You can rest assured that the root canal techniques we use ensure the most predictable results possible when completing your root canal.
You will be able to drive home after your treatment, and you probably will be comfortable returning to your normal routine.
What happens after treatment?
When your root canal therapy has been completed, Dr. Hanson will place the necessary restoration to protect your tooth. The restoration of choice will be discussed prior to root canal treatment, as it varies based on the condition of the tooth and any existing restoration it may have. It is rare for endodontic patients to experience complications after routine endodontic treatment or microsurgery. 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 it 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 much less expensive than tooth removal and replacement with an artificial tooth.