An average of 17 million teeth are restored and saved each year thanks to root canal therapy. This dental procedure is typically recommended in situations where cracked, chipped, or untreated teeth have experienced deep decay or nerve damage, leading to pulp chamber inflammation and infection. Root canals have a very high success rate for saving and preserving the functionality of natural teeth, often eliminating the need for tooth extraction.
What is a root canal?
The term root canal actually refers to the area inside of the tooth that contains the tooth pulp including nerves and other sensitive tissue. Most patients, however, use the term root canal as a general reference to a root canal procedure where the tooth is treated for disease or decay.
Root Canal Symptoms
Many patients do not experience any symptoms that would indicate the need for a root canal procedure. Other patients, however, may experience painful symptoms including:
- Severe toothache or tooth pain, particularly when chewing or biting
- Prolonged tooth sensitivity, especially to hot or cold foods and drinks
- Discoloration of the tooth (darkening)
- Soreness or tenderness to the gums surrounding the affected tooth
About the Root Canal Procedure
A root canal is a simple, pain free dental procedure that can normally be completed in just one visit. After a comprehensive examination, Dr. Petkevis will remove all debris and damaged tissue from the tooth’s pulp chamber and associated canals. Once the tooth has been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, it is filled with a biocompatible material and sealed.
With proper care, teeth that have received root canals will function normally for many years.
Root Canal FAQs
Does a root canal hurt?
The pain from a root canal actually comes from the infection itself. The root canal procedure will provide relief from that pain and start the healing process. A root canal procedure feels similar to having a dental filling placed. Dr. Petkevis offers sedation dentistry options to patients to help them be more relaxed during their treatment.
What if I don’t have the root canal treatment?
The alternative to root canal treatment is a tooth extraction. When considering a root canal vs extraction, it is important to remember that once a tooth is lost, the replacement options become more difficult and complicated. In most cases, Dr. Petkevis will support the choice to conserve the natural tooth. During your consultation and examination, he will help you to make the best choice for your long term health and happiness.
What does a root canal cost?
The cost of root canal procedures depends on your specific circumstances. We accept most dental insurance and can submit claims on your behalf. We also offer flexible payment options to help you cover the root canal cost.