The branch of dentistry dealing with the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases of the dental pulp, usually by removal of the nerve and other tissue of the pulp cavity and its replacement with suitable filling material; pulp canal therapy; root canal therapy.
Teeth require root canal treatment when the pulp (the nerves and blood supply inside teeth) becomes damaged, inflamed or infected. This inflammation or infection may have a variety or causes: decay, a crack or chip in the tooth that may or may not be visible or even trauma.
During a root canal treatment, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed. The canals inside of the tooth are carefully examined using magnification and illumination, cleaned, disinfected and filled with a sealing material that will remain in your tooth. You may return to your dentist, who will place a crown or other restoration to protect the tooth. After the final restoration, your tooth will function like any other tooth.
Whenever possible, it is best to save your natural tooth. Teeth with root canals that have the permanent restoration completed can function well for years, even for a lifetime. As with any dental or medical procedure, there are no guarantees. We will discuss your options and the chances of success before beginning treatment.
Fees for root canal treatments are based on the complexity of the affected tooth. We will provide a detailed estimate of all anticipated charges. The fee for the root canal treatment will include all necessary radiographic images, additional visits to complete the treatment and any routine post-operative care or re-evaluation. Any additional procedures may be subject to additional charges.
Although many believe that having a tooth pulled is the easiest and least expensive way to treat tooth pain or infection, the truth from a dental health and financial standpoint is that saving your natural tooth is always the best options. Teeth that receive root canal treatment can function well for years, even for a lifetime.
Many endodontic procedures are performed to relieve tooth pain. With modern techniques and anesthetics, there is rarely any discomfort during treatment.
Most root canal treatments can be completed in one comfortable visit. You should plan for about two hours for your visit. We ask that you eat a light meal about one hour before your appointment, unless you have been instructed otherwise.
You do not need a driver, unless you are instructed otherwise. We use only local anesthesia to numb the affected area.
You may eat after your root canal is completed, avoiding any hard or chewy foods. Try to eat on the opposite side while you are still numb.
For the first few days after the root canal, your tooth may feel bruised and be sensitive to biting or chewing. The ligament holding the tooth in place may become inflamed during treatment. Your tooth may feel slightly different from your other teeth for some time after your root canal treatment is completed.
If, after treatment, you experience any severe pain or pressure, swelling that was not present before the root canal treatment or pain that lasts more than a few days, please contact our office.