A root canal is a common dental procedure that removes infected tooth pulp and saves your teeth. Our dentists have decades of combined experience performing root canals in a comfortable and relaxed environment with patient-centric outcomes.
Call Sugarloaf Signature Dentistry today to schedule your root canal consultation!
The only way to truly know if you need a root canal is if it is determined by your dentist. However, there are some common signs that indicate that your tooth or teeth need attention including:
A cracked or chipped tooth: A cracked or chipped tooth can expose your tooth root, making it susceptible to infection. If your tooth gets infected, it can cause further structural damage.
Constant pain or toothache: You might experience consistent tooth pain or pain that comes and goes in waves. It’s not uncommon to feel pain in your face, jaw, or other teeth occasionally, but it could be a concern if it is ongoing.
Sensitivity to temperature: If you feel sharp pain or a dull ache after eating or drinking something that is hot or cold, this might be indicative of an infected tooth root.
Experiencing Symptoms of a Toothache or Dental Abscess?
Symptoms of a toothache or dental abscess can indicate a tooth infection and indicate that you should visit the dental office as soon as possible to have your tooth examined. When a tooth is infected, a pocket of pus can build up and tissues in your tooth can become swollen. An infection will not resolve on its own.
Visit our office as soon as possible to have your tooth professionally examined! If we determine that a root canal is necessary, we will schedule an appointment to remove the infection.
When you have a deep tooth infection or a dental abscess, a root canal is a procedure designed to save your tooth instead of removing it.
During the procedure, your infected tooth pulp will be removed and your tooth will be cleaned. After removing the infection, we will fill and seal your tooth. Cases of more extensive damage might require a dental crown after the procedure is completed.
Do Root Canals Hurt?
A popular misconception of root canals is that they hurt. In reality, dental sedation and anesthetic are administered prior to the procedure to make you comfortable and relaxed. Our patients report feeling little to no pain during the procedure.
How Long Does a Root Canal Take?
On average, a root canal procedure takes about an hour to complete. If you require multiple root canals, we might schedule additional appointments. These are the steps involved in the procedure:
We will numb your mouth and use dental sedation to help you feel relaxed and comfortable before beginning the procedure.
Next, we will clear and clean your infected tooth pulp to remove the infection.
Once the tooth is cleaned, we will fill your tooth with a white filling that is natural in appearance.
Finally, we will seal your tooth to protect it from further infection.
Depending on the severity of your tooth damage, the final step of your root canal may require that we cover your tooth with a dental crown. A crown is a protective cap that “crowns” your tooth and prevents damage to your existing truth structure. A crown allows you to perform everyday activities like biting and chewing.
The best part of a root canal procedure is that you get to keep your tooth. Remember to take care of your smile at home with routine brushing and flossing to ensure that it stays free of cavities and infection.
How Much Does a Root Canal Cost?
The cost of a root canal is dependent on a variety of factors including dental insurance coverage. For specific information on the cost of your root canal procedure, please talk with our billing specialist.
Don’t Delay—Call Us Now for Pain Relieving Care!
A tooth infection is painful and is your mouth’s way of telling you that something is wrong. If you are experiencing a tooth infection, it’s important to visit the dentist as soon as possible. An infection will not disappear on its own. The good news is that a root canal procedure can get your oral health back on track and save your tooth.
Give our office a call or fill out our online form to schedule your appointment today!