Root canal therapy may sound intimidating, but it isn’t something you need to fear. This routine procedure can give you immediate relief from your tooth pain and get you back to enjoying daily life. Our dentist, Dr. Anurag Gupta, is trained and experienced in root canal therapy, and he strives to make your procedure as stress-free as possible.Contact Us Jump to FAQS
Signs You May Have a Tooth Infection
If you have an infected tooth, root canal therapy can be performed to remove the damaged pulp inside so you can save your natural tooth. You may be asking yourself how to know if you have a tooth infection. Everyone develops different signs and symptoms but the list below contains some of the most common:
- Tooth sensitivity
- Swollen gums
- Persistent or throbbing toothache
- Sensitivity to pressure of chewing
- Tender lymph nodes
- Bad breath
- Bitter or salty taste in mouth
An untreated tooth infection can cause more serious health concerns like tooth loss, the infection spreading, gum disease, and more. Even if a root canal procedure isn’t necessary, it’s important to address these symptoms before they worsen by scheduling a consultation with us so that we can examine and treat the issue.
The Root Canal Process
Root canal pain can make everyday tasks such as eating and talking difficult. Root canal therapy is a way to remedy your pain and remove the infection while preserving your natural tooth. Before we begin your procedure, the area around your tooth is numbed so the most you’ll feel is some slight pressure. We remove the infected pulp and clean out the inside of your tooth. After we remove the pulp, we seal the area with a filling or crown. The procedure usually doesn’t take very long and we will get you back to smiling in no time!
Root Canal FAQ
Are root canals painful?
Before we begin treatment, we always numb the area around the tooth and administer sedation, if necessary. During the procedure, the most you will feel is slight pressure while we work, not pain. After root canal therapy, most patients report feeling instant relief from the chronic tooth pain they had prior to their root canal. So, despite what the old myths say, root canals actually alleviate pain, not cause it!
What kind of root canal aftercare do I need to follow?
After your root canal is complete, we’ll provide you with a detailed set of aftercare instructions (based on your specific needs) to ensure that you have a speedy, stress-free recovery. Our instructions will go over dietary restrictions, hygiene, medication needs, and more. If you follow the guide, you’ll be able to heal faster and reduce the risk of having any complications!
How much do root canals cost?
The cost of a root canal procedure depends on the tooth being treated, the degree of damage or infection, the number of roots the tooth has, and whether or not you need a tooth restoration (dental crown) at the end. When you visit us for a consultation, we’ll give you an accurate cost estimate based on your unique needs. We accept most insurance and have flexible payment options so you can get the care you need. If you are uninsured or underinsured, we also have a Gold Dental Discount Plan. To learn more about our financial options, visit our financial page.