Root canal therapy is an offshoot of endodontics. A root canal is one of the most commonly performed dental procedures. The treatment repairs and saves teeth that have been infected due to a deep cavity or crack. It involves removing the nerves of the tooth in order to clean the infected area very well. The nerve and tooth pulp are not important to a tooth’s health once they are totally removed. And if the treatment is not done, a bacteria build up can spread to the remaining teeth, so it really must be performed. You do not want the infection to spread to the bone nearby. This treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need for dental extractions.
Major signs that a root canal is necessary:
- Severe tooth pain
- Pain while chewing
- Pain in your tooth waking you up out of sleep
- Painful sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
- Darkening and discoloring of the tooth
- Swollen and painful gums
If you experience any of the above symptoms, sensitivity to hot and cold, and any pain in the tooth and gum, you may need a root canal to treat the tooth. You can visit with Dr. Lee to have her diagnose with a proper x-ray.
Root canal therapy may take more than one visit. If it does, a temporary filling will be placed on your tooth in order to protect the tooth. Then later it will be removed, re-cleaned, and a permanent filling and / or crown will be placed over the tooth. It will be done in such a way that others will not recognize you had the treatment!
The great news about root canal therapy and endodontics in general is that it has a high success rate! The teeth undergoing the procedure can be saved from infection and you can remain in good dental health!
Cost of Endodontic Treatment and Root Canals
Root canals and other treatments should be covered under your insurance. You can check with your provider or call Dr. Lee’s office. We can also create a payment plan for you.