Root Canal Treatment
What is a root canal?
A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed, well over 14 million every year. This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need of dental implants or bridges.
At the center of your tooth is pulp. Pulp is a collection of blood vessels that helps to build the surrounding tooth. Infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, or repeated dental procedures. Symptoms of the infection can be identified as visible injury or swelling of the tooth, sensitivity to temperature or pain in the tooth and gums.
How is a root canal performed?
If you experience any of these symptoms, Dr. Ord will most likely recommend non-surgical treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp. This injured pulp is removed and the root canal of the tooth is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. This therapy is usually completed in one visit, depending on the treatment required. Success for this type of treatment occurs in about 90% of cases. If your tooth is not amenable to endodontic treatment or the chance of success is unfavorable, you will be informed at the time of consultation or when a complication becomes evident during or after treatment. Dr. Ord uses local anesthesia to eliminate discomfort. In addition, we will provide nitrous oxide analgesia or oral conscious sedation if indicated or requested. You will be able to drive home after your treatment (as long as we have not sedated you), and you should be comfortable returning to your normal routine.
What happens after root canal treatment?
When your root canal therapy has been completed, often a crown restoration is necessary to protect your tooth. Dr. Ord will discuss your case with you specifically. It is rare for endodontic patients to experience complications after routine endodontic treatment. If a problem does occur, however, we are available at all times to respond. To prevent further decay, continue to practice good dental hygiene.
How much will root canal treatment cost?
The cost associated with this procedure can vary depending on factors such as the severity of damage to the affected tooth and which tooth is affected (how many canals the tooth has). In general, endodontic treatment is much less expensive than tooth removal and replacement with an artificial tooth.
Please contact Olds Dental Health Clinic if you have any questions about this type of treatment.