Root Canal Description & Benefits
Root canal! The words elicit a reaction in just about everybody. At the Smile Gallery, Dr. Bainer takes care to ensure your comfort even during the procedure. A root canal is a very necessary and beneficial treatment when infection or decay adversely influences the nerve of a tooth. The goal of the root canal treatment is to save the tooth, despite the infection. The procedure is done by removing the decay and bacteria and replacing the void in the tooth with a medicated dental filling. When the root canal is complete, you can expect to have full function of your tooth again. So don’t wait to find just any dentist when you need a root canal when you have an experienced dentist in your hometown of Escondido. Call us for pricing on a root canal procedure and a general exam or cleaning.
We use the latest technology and most efficient techniques to ensure your root canal is as painless as possible. We want you to be fearless when it comes to getting dental work done. We aim for this goal because requiring the removal of an infected tooth can lead to a lot of problems down the road, whereas root canals usually provide a permanent solution that can last your entire life. That’s why root canals are the preferred way to deal with decaying or infected teeth and why we want to encourage you to seek our professional services early. If you know how gentle we handle cleanings and other procedures, you will trust our ability to handle a root canal in the same manner. Advanced detection and preventative maintenance can help lessen the likelihood of needing a root canal. We all slack a little on our home dental care, which is why it’s important to see your general dentistry experts as often as possible. It’s much better to get a filing and prevent a root canal procedure entirely.
Do you think it’s too late to prevent a root canal? Are you experiencing any of the symptoms we describe below? Call us immediately even if you are just concerned that you are showing symptoms that will require a root canal. That will give us the opportunity to take X-rays and do an exam to identify the cause of the symptom. When we identify the cause of the symptoms, we can recommend the proper procedure.
Symptoms that Indicate You Need a Root Canal
Without the expert input of your dentist, it can be difficult to detect when a root canal is necessary. While the nerve of a decaying tooth may present in the form of pain, an abscess or sensitivity to hot and cold temperature, you might not show signs of any particular symptoms.
So if you think you might need a root canal, it’s best to schedule a consultation at the Smile Gallery to discuss everything with Dr. Bainer. The consultation will determine the best course of action for you. For now, here’s a little more information on when you might need to get root canal treatment.
The tooth pulp is the living material inside the tooth. If your decay is starting to advance into this part of your tooth, you will probably want to consider having a root canal. The decay will usually result in pain as it begins affecting the nerves in the root. Pain may come at random times or when the area is touched. The tooth may also be tender to the touch.
If you feel an infection or abscess inside your tooth, or at the tip of the root, you may need a root canal to treat the tooth and remove the infection.
Sometimes if one of your teeth has experienced trauma, it may become infected. In this case, you might also need a root canal to promptly address the infection.
Another more obvious sign for the need of a root canal is Pus draining into the mouth. While we hope you don’t wait that long to get an exam, there’s no guaranteed order of symptoms.
Finally, the tooth or gum may become discolored or have an increased sensitivity to hot or cold food or beverages.
Once you or your dentist have detected an infection inside the tooth, it is important to take care of it right away. As mentioned, waiting can create further issues that are far more complicated to fix. Even if you are just concerned about some possible symptoms, it’s always a good idea to come in for an exam and X-rays. At the very least, the dentist can assuage your concerns and give your teeth a cleaning and other preventative maintenance to remove the need for a root canal.
What Does Root Canal Treatment Involve?
Root canal treatments may be done in one appointment or may require a couple of visits to your dentist, depending on the severity of the decay. In most cases, your root canal can be performed by your regular dentist, although specialized endodontists may also be required in some cases. The best way to find out the severity of your case is to schedule an appointment with your general dentist, get digital X-rays, and discuss your options. The general dental office will refer you out to an endodontist if necessary or take care of the root canal
To make the root canal procedure more comfortable, the dentist will first numb your tooth and the surrounding areas. Then a sheet of rubber (known as a dam) is carefully situated around the tooth to ensure your tooth stays dry and free of saliva. This is important because your saliva contains bacteria that must be kept out of your open tooth. Using advanced techniques and technology make the procedures much safer and more comfortable is our goal for all of our patients.
Next, special dental instruments are used to open the top of the tooth, creating the access gap. This is the hole through which your dentist will remove the decay, and any other loose bits of filling or fragile portions of the tooth. Your dentist uses the access gap to place root canal files into the pulp chamber and removes the infection, decay and nerve tissue. Once the tooth has been cleaned out, it is sealed with a temporary or permanent filling (depending if more cleaning is required or not).
In most cases, you’ll go home and return to the dentist about a week later. At this point, the roots and the cavity in your tooth will be filled with special dental materials that are designed to help your tooth heal. Then you will get a filling to seal your tooth for good.
Finally, root canals should always be capped with a crown. This last step is necessary to protect the filling from breaking. It also allows you to regain full function and use of your tooth. Although your tooth may remain sensitive after your root canal treatment, you can expect this to subside in a few days. When you choose the right dental group to complete these procedures, you can be assured a successful root canal. However, should anything ever not feel right we are happy to continue working with you until you and your teeth are comfortable throughout the day. After you receive a root canal, good dental home care is as important as ever. When cared for properly you can prevent further infection and greatly extend the life of your root canal.
Price of a Root Canal
The price of a root canal depends on several factors, how many root canals are necessary, how intensive the dental work is, and your dental insurance. Dental insurance is there to cover the cost of more intensive procedures such as a root canal. However, like many insurances, not everything may be covered. To find out the exact cost of a root canal for you or a family member, please contact us so we can run the procedures through your insurance to get the net cost for the patient.
And don’t worry if you don’t have insurance or if it won’t cover everything. It’s better to get the work done right away instead of waiting for the cost of the next necessary procedures which can be much higher. We offer financing for qualified patients to help cover and spread the cost of these types of procedures over multiple months. This type of financing was meant to support any patients in need of dental procedures outside of their currently monthly capability. So stop worrying about the cost of dental procedures. Get the help your family needs and work it into your monthly budget until paid off.
If you have any questions or need further assistance about whether or not you need a root canal in Escondido, you’re encouraged to call to book an appointment. Our friendly and courteous dental office staff is ready to welcome you with great advice, gentle cleanings, jokes to keep you happy, music to keep you calm, or anything else you need for root canals and more!