What is a root canal?
Root Canal Therapy is a process used to remove the diseased dental pulp (also known as the root). Once the diseased tissue is removed and cleaned, the remaining healthy root is left to support the tooth. A crown is then placed to protect the tooth and limit the reinfection of the root canal.
Why it is important to save your tooth
This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need for dental implants or bridges. By saving your tooth, you could save money and time in the future and preserving the bone that supports the teeth.
What are the common symptoms?
Symptoms of infection and a dying tooth can be identified as visible injury or swelling of the gum tissue, sensitivity to temperature or pain in the tooth and gums. If you experience any of these symptoms, your dentist will most likely recommend non-surgical treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp. This injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed.
How much will it 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. In general, endodontic treatment is much less expensive than tooth removal and replacement with an artificial tooth.