Saving Your Natural Tooth
In a root canal procedure, the living tissue inside the tooth, known as the pulp, is extracted, and the resulting void is filled with specialized dental materials infused with medication. This process not only preserves your natural tooth, thereby prolonging its lifespan, but also safeguards and maintains the surrounding jawbone and supportive tissues. Whenever feasible, retaining your natural tooth can spare you from future discomfort and expenses.
Several indicators may suggest the need for root canal therapy:
Increased sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures.
Intense toothache pain.
Inflammation or swelling of the gums adjacent to the affected tooth.
Discoloration of the tooth.
The presence of an abscess, resembling a pimple, on the gum tissue.
The Root Canal Treatment Plan
Typically, a root canal treatment involves one or two office appointments and can be administered by either a dentist or an endodontist. Here’s our method for conducting your root canal:
Treatment and Diagnosis Plan
To begin, an x-ray of the tooth and surrounding bone is taken to diagnose the source of your symptoms. In some cases, your specialist may prescribe antibiotics to control infection and reduce inflammation. The pain caused by an abscess is typically due to the pressure from infected swelling and can be a major source of discomfort during a root canal. Minimizing this inflammation beforehand addresses this issue during the procedure.
Prepping The Tooth
When it’s time to begin the root canal, we take the necessary steps to gently numb the area, including your gums, teeth, and tissues, ensuring your comfort and peace of mind throughout the procedure. Once you are comfortable, we create an access hole in the tooth and proceed to remove the pulp, bacteria, decayed nerve tissue, and other debris.
Sealing The Tooth After
The extent of the abscess will determine whether we need to place medication inside the tooth to fully eradicate any infection. If the procedure necessitates multiple visits, we will use a temporary filling. You will begin to experience relief at this point. The tooth can be permanently sealed only once it has been thoroughly cleaned and returned to a healthy condition.
The Cost Of A Root Canal In Innisfil?
The cost of dental treatment can vary significantly, but opting for a root canal procedure proves to be a more cost-effective choice in the long term. Under a typical insurance plan, the out-of-pocket expenses for root canal therapy typically range from $200 to $500 or more. Following an oral examination, we would be delighted to offer you an accurate estimate tailored to your insurance coverage, providing clarity on your actual expenses. In the absence of insurance coverage, you should anticipate a treatment cost ranging from $600 to $1200 or more.
Why does the cost estimate have such a wide range? When determining a quote for root canal therapy, we take various factors into account, including:
The extent of the infection.
The location of the infection within your mouth.
The overall health of the adjacent teeth and gums.
Potential complications that might necessitate additional time or a delicate, experienced touch.
It’s important to note that no dental practice can provide a precise quote over the phone. Each case is unique, underscoring the importance of consulting with a dentist who can assess your specific situation and present you with a range of treatment options for your consideration.
Are there alternatives to root canals?
An abscess or infection in a tooth poses a significant health risk and requires immediate attention. While some people view root canals as a necessary but uncomfortable procedure to alleviate severe dental pain, it’s crucial to recognize that root canals serve a more vital purpose. They eliminate an infection that could potentially spread and escalate into a life-threatening condition, necessitating more urgent and invasive interventions. This is why we are dedicated to dispelling the negative reputation associated with root canal therapy and prioritizing your comfort and peace of mind.
If you suspect you have an infection but are hesitant about a root canal, we strongly encourage you to contact us regardless. We will never proceed with any procedure without your full understanding and consent. Moreover, we may have alternative treatment options available with the primary objective of resolving your infection and safeguarding your well-being.
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to schedule an initial consultation & exam.
Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.
Frequently Asked Questions
Thanks to modern techniques and technology and a compassionate dental philosophy our highly trained team of dentists and hygienists can provide root canal treatments with minimal to no pain at all.
By the time you realize you need a root canal, your tooth pulp and nerve have already begun to decay. This infected tissue will never fully heal and would only become infected again. Removing the pulp is the only safe option.
A root canal treatment usually requires one or two office visits. Simple or minor root canal cases usually take about 30 to 60 minutes of treatment, while a more complex case take longer– around 90 minutes.
That depends on what sort of insurance coverage you have. After a consultation, we can provide you with an estimate to send to your provider. We strongly encourage you to make a root canal a high priority. Please speak to us if you feel any hesitation.