Root Canal Therapy

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a needed when a tooth becomes badly decayed, infected, or cracked.  During a root canal, the pulp of the tooth is removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed.  While the idea of a root canal may trigger anxiety in many patients, current techniques make this a simple treatment that can save a natural tooth and prevent the need of dental implants or bridges.

How is a root canal performed?

We do many types of root canals in our office but more complex cases may be sent to a root canal specialist (endodontist). If a root canal is indicated, the first step is to get the tooth profoundly numb. After a protective shield is placed over the tooth, the injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. This therapy may be completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required. The tooth is filled with a temporary packing until a more durable restoration can be completed.

What happens after root canal treatment?

Routinely after a root canal on a molar or premolar we will suggest covering the tooth with a crown to protect it from breakage. On a front tooth, the tooth may or may not require a crown to protect it.

How much will root canal treatment 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.