A root canal is a dental procedure that’s designed to save your natural teeth, preventing the need for dental implants or bridges. It’s one of the most common dental procedures performed and relatively simple.
At the center of your tooth is the pulp, a collection of blood vessels and nerve tissue that helps to build the surrounding tooth. If the pulp becomes infected through trauma to the tooth, decay, cracks or chips, it may result in swelling, sensitivity to temperature or pain in the tooth and gums.
HOW IS A ROOT CANAL PERFORMED?
A root canal is a non-surgical dental treatment to remove the diseased pulp before the entire root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. It’s often performed under local anesthetic and may be completed in one or more visits, depending on the level of treatment that’s required.
While the success for this treatment is high (around 90%), there are cases where it isn’t or your tooth is not amenable to endodontic treatment. In some instances, a complication may become evident during treatment and we can provide nitrous oxide analgesia if there is significant discomfort.
Following the treatment, you will be able to drive home and will probably be comfortable to return to your normal routine.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER TREATMENT?
In most instances, teeth that have had a root canal treatment will require a crown, as there is a high risk of fracturing what is now a weakened tooth. At the time of the root canal, your dentist will also make a crown or you will need to schedule in a follow-up appointment to finish repairing your tooth.
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
The costs associated with root canals depend on the tooth that’s affected and the severity of the damage. Generally speaking, a root canal will be much less expensive than removing the tooth and replacing it with an artificial one.