What Is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a type of dental treatment that repairs a badly infected tooth. This treatment seeks to prevent the loss of a badly damaged tooth by repairing and restoring its health using invasive procedures. The procedure involves removing the nerve and pulp from the infected tooth, followed by a thorough surgical cleaning of the infected area. The next step involves filling and sealing the tooth using a rubber-like material. Each patient is unique. To learn more about costs and pricing for dental procedures, please contact us.
When Would Someone Need a Root Canal?
Root canal treatment becomes necessary when dental X-rays indicate your nerve and pulp have a bacterial infection. If left untreated, a bacterial infection of the pulp will rapidly spread to other teeth and cause serious damage to your dental structure. Signs of pulp infection include:
- A loose tooth
- Pain when eating or biting
- Sensitivity when drinking hot or cold foods and drinks
Who Is the Right Candidate for a Root Canal?
The right candidate for a root canal treatment is anyone who has the following symptoms:
- Severely decayed tooth
- Pulp or nerve infection
- Extremely sensitive teeth due to chips or cracks
- Unexplained abscess infection
- Deep cavity
How Long Does the Procedure Take?
Root canal treatment requires two or more appointments depending on the severity of the infection and the type of infected tooth. Each treatment session takes about 90 minutes to complete. The first appointment may involve taking X-rays and removing the pulp along with cleaning and shaping the root canal. The second and final appointment involves filling and sealing the treated tooth.
Will I Feel the Root Canal?
You won’t feel the root canal treatment since the dentist will administer a local anesthetic to desensitize the surrounding area.
Will It Be Painful?
This type of dental treatment isn’t painful at all. Most patients feel little to no pain during a root canal. Your doctor will use local anesthesia before beginning the procedure to ensure you don’t feel any pain. You may use over-the-counter pain relievers in case of any pain or discomfort.
What Are the Side Effects of Root Canal Treatment?
Root canals are extremely safe and don’t have any side effects. However, some patients might feel sensitivity and slight discomfort after the procedure. Nonetheless, this feeling of discomfort or sensitivity usually subsides after three to five days. Complications might also arise in case of an undetected crack in the tooth or a breakdown of the sealing material. However, your dentist will be able to notice these issues in subsequent visits.
How Quickly Will I Recover?
In most cases, patients resume their regular schedule immediately after completing treatment. However, it’s important to take good care of your oral health to enhance the recovery process.
What Are the Costs Associated With a Root Canal?
Like many procedures we perform at Dental Choice, the cost of a root canal will vary depending on a few variables associated with your case. The most important thing is not to wait. If you suspect any issues with your teeth, contact Dental Choice. The longer you wait, the more complications may arise which will involve a great cost.
Before proceeding with your root canal treatment, your dentist will discuss pricing with you. Some factors that may come into play with the overall cost include:
- Location of the tooth the needs to be repaired — molars can have up to three roots, as opposed to the one root found in front teeth
- Condition of the affected tooth and the severity of the cavity
- Process used to repair the tooth
- If the tooth has already undergone a root canal
- Receiving a filling versus a dental crown
Schedule a Free Consultation With Dental Choice Today
For more information on our root canal treatment options, please don’t hesitate to contact a Dental Choice clinic near you. We have clinics offering root canals in Edmonton, Calgary and Airdrie. Our general dentists can help save your damaged teeth by restoring your dental structure, giving you a beautiful, brighter smile.
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