For patients who are experiencing the pain and sensitivity associated with deep cavities within a tooth, it could be needing a root canal. A root canal procedure is one of the most commonly performed restorative treatments to save an infected tooth. 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. At your initial consultation we will take an x-ray of that tooth and Dr. Goodman will go over the cost of a crown and then refer you to an endodontist for the root canal.
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. The Endodontist 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 restoration cost. 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.