Contrary to popular belief, a root canal is not something you have to fear. So many people worry that the procedure is going to hurt, but one of the main benefits of the procedure is that it gets rid of what’s causing you pain in the first place! At Palos Heights Family Dental, we provide gentle root canal therapy to restore your health and relieve your discomfort.
Signs You May Need Root Canal Treatment
Not quite sure whether you need a root canal treatment or not? Different people can experience different symptoms, but there are some common signs to look out for:
- Toothache (mild to severe pain)
- Prolonged tooth sensitivity to hot or cold
- Tender and/or swollen gums
- Discomfort when chewing or applying pressure to tooth
- Discoloration of tooth
If you notice any of the above, we advise you to contact us for further evaluation. We’ll take a close look at the tooth in question and take X-rays to get a more accurate diagnosis. We’ll also see if there are any other treatment options that might work for you before deciding that a root canal is necessary.
How Does Root Canal Therapy Work?
Root canal therapy is sometimes referred to more formally as endodontic therapy. “Endo” refers to “inside” while “odont” refers to “tooth.” The inside of your tooth, known as the pulp, can become infected or inflamed for a variety of reasons, such as a deep cavity or an injury. When this happens, the infection can spread and it can cause you a whole lot of pain. If you are experiencing pain, it is important to contact our office so we can begin treatment. Postponing root canal therapy can cause more pain and further issues.
During root canal surgery, we’ll first numb the area to make sure you don’t experience any discomfort during the procedure. Then we’ll remove any of that infected pulp material and gently clean out the area. Afterwards, we’ll fill and seal the area so it’s closed off from any further infection. In the final stage, we’ll place some type of restoration, oftentimes a dental crown, to strengthen your tooth.
Many years ago, serious damage like this would require a tooth extraction in order to protect a patient’s health. But thanks to root canal therapy, we can save your natural tooth with a simple procedure!
What Is the Cost of a Root Canal?
The cost of a root canal depends on which tooth is being treated and what restoration is used to complete the procedure. The specifics of your dental benefits (if you’re using insurance) are also a factor. We’d be happy to speak with you further to come up with a cost estimate!
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