Information About This Procedure
Root canal is performed to remove the infected nerve of the tooth or the damaged pulp. The infection is usually a result of the accumulation of bacteria caused by tooth decay, fillings leak, and teeth damaged by trauma.
You are a good candidate for root canal if:
- you are deeply bothered by severe toothache when eating
- you have discoloration of the tooth
- you have deep cavities that reach into the pulp of the tooth
- you are repeatedly experiencing pimples on the gums
- you have swelling in the nearby gums
- you have inflamed pulp due to repeated dental procedures
- you have fractured tooth that extends into the pulp
The procedure is done under local anaesthesia. During the procedure, your dentist will remove the bacteria from the root canal system in an attempt to save the tooth being treated. Once the bacteria are cleared, the root canal is filled and the tooth is sealed with a filling or crown.
Scheduling appointment with several doctors is recommended before getting a root canal. This would give you the chances to find one who is accommodating to questions and will make you feel really comfortable. It helps if your chosen dentist offers a payment scheme. Some dentists accept patients without insurance. A single root canal may cost around $400 to $1000, while multi-rooted teeth may cost approximately $500 to $1500.
Benefits of a root canal:
- saves natural tooth
- improves chewing experience
- eliminates throbbing pain and discomfort
- normal biting force
To know if you make a good candidate for a root canal treatment simply fill out our personal assessment form. A board-certified dental specialist will review your information and provide a price estimate for the procedure.