For patients who are experiencing the pain and sensitivity associated with deep cavities within a tooth, Dr. John Goodman performs root canal treatment at his Kansas City dental practice. A root canal procedure is one of the most commonly performed restorative treatments to save an infected tooth. During treatment, Dr. Goodman will clean and sterilize the inside of the tooth and strengthen it with a dental crown. Whether you have received a diagnosis or are experiencing symptoms that indicate infection and would like to learn more about the root canal procedure, please contact our office to make an appointment with Dr. Goodman.
Understanding the Importance of Treatment
Root canals are the hollow chambers within each tooth. These canals reach to the bottom of the tooth roots. When a patient has a deep cavity that has infected the pulp of the tooth, a root canal procedure is often necessary to treat painful symptoms and remove any infected tissue. Signs of infection include sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, swelling, pain, and a throbbing sensation. If infection is left untreated, the patient may lose the tooth and require a dental implant or dental bridge to replace its structure.
The Root Canal Procedure
The root canal procedure begins by creating access hole, and cleaning out the damaged and infected areas of the tooth. Dr. Goodman will remove the nerve and infected tissue from the pulp chamber and slightly widen the root canal to prepare it for a filling made of a biocompatible, rubber-like material. Once this material is in place, the pulp chamber will be packed with cotton and sealed with a temporary filling.
During a follow-up appointment, Dr. Goodman will remove the temporary filling and cotton and fill the pulp chamber with a tooth-colored dental composite. The tooth will then typically be repaired and strengthened with a dental crown to ensure its structural integrity.
The entire procedure is performed under local anesthetic and is comparable to having a filling placed. In years past, many patients would describe a root canal procedure as very uncomfortable and painful, but newer techniques and dental technology have eliminated virtually any discomfort associated with the treatment. In addition, you should not feel any ongoing pain following treatment because the nerve tissue will have been removed.
The total cost of your root canal procedure will depend on a variety of factors. When you come in for your initial consultation, Dr. Goodman will go over your options and total treatment cost with you. Many dental insurance plans will cover all or part of the cost of a root canal procedure, and our friendly staff will be happy to look into your coverage in order to maximize the benefits that are available to you. To make treatment more affordable for any budget, we offer CareCredit patient financing.
Contact Our Office
If you would like to learn more about the root canal procedure or you have additional questions, please contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Goodman.