Preservation of Your Natural Tooth
The Root Canal Treatment Process
A typical root canal treatment plan generally involves one or two office visits and is conducted by either a dentist or an endodontist.
Here’s an overview of how we perform your root canal:
Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
- The initial step involves taking an x-ray of the affected tooth and the surrounding bone to pinpoint the underlying cause of your symptoms.
- Your specialist may prescribe antibiotics to help manage infection and reduce inflammation. The pressure resulting from infected swelling is a major source of pain associated with an abscess and is often a key contributor to discomfort during a root canal procedure. By proactively reducing this inflammation, we eliminate this factor during the treatment.
Preparing the Tooth
- Prior to commencing the root canal, we ensure your comfort by thoroughly numbing the area. This involves anesthetizing your gums, teeth, and surrounding tissues. Your comfort and peace of mind are of paramount importance to us.
- Once you are comfortable, an access hole is carefully drilled into the affected tooth. Subsequently, the pulp, bacteria, decayed nerve tissue, and any related debris are meticulously removed.
Sealing the Tooth
Cost Of A Root Canal In Oakdale
Are There Alternatives to Root Canal Treatment?
Dealing with an abscess or infection within a tooth is a matter of utmost concern for your health. Many individuals view root canals as a necessary step to alleviate severe dental pain. However, it is essential to recognize that root canals are not just about pain relief; they are a crucial means of eradicating an infection that could potentially spread and pose life-threatening risks, necessitating more urgent and invasive interventions. This is why we are committed to dispelling any negative perceptions associated with root canal therapy and prioritizing your comfort and peace of mind.
If you suspect you have an infection but are hesitant about undergoing a root canal, we encourage you to reach out to us regardless. We will never proceed with any procedure without your full understanding and consent. Additionally, we may explore alternative treatment options with the ultimate objective of resolving your infection and addressing your concerns.
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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
Many people associate root canals with pain, but in reality, the procedure is performed under local anesthesia, making it virtually painless. It is designed to alleviate the severe pain caused by infected or damaged dental pulp.
The duration of a root canal can vary depending on factors like the tooth’s location and complexity. However, a typical root canal treatment usually takes one to two office visits, each lasting approximately 60 to 90 minutes.
In some cases, alternative treatments like tooth extraction may be considered, but it’s generally preferred to save the natural tooth whenever possible. Dentists will evaluate each case individually to determine the best course of action.
After a root canal, you may experience some mild discomfort and swelling for a few days, but this can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. Your tooth will likely need a permanent filling or crown to restore its full functionality.
Most patients can drive themselves home after a root canal procedure, as the local anesthesia used typically wears off within a few hours. However, it’s a good idea to have someone available to assist you if you have any concerns about post-procedure discomfort.
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