Root canals often get a bad rap for being painful or expensive but they’re actually one of the best ways to relieve the pain of serious tooth decay and dental infections.

When Do You Need a Root Canal?

It’s important to note that not all dental discomfort means that you need root canal treatment. But if your experiencing symptoms like the darkening of your tooth, a bump on your gums near an area of tooth pain, sensitivity to hot and cold foods/beverages, or swelling surrounding a painful tooth it may be time to consider looking into a root canal procedure.

What Is a Root Canal?

In the root of the tooth there’s something called the root canal. It’s a small deep cavity full of something called pulp which is the soft insides of the tooth. When dental pulp becomes infected it can be very painful which is where the root canal procedure can help. It can be done on any tooth, including molars and it leaves your teeth looking and feeling healthy and natural.

How Does a Root Canal Work?

A root canal procedure is the process of removing the infected part of the tooth from the pulp chamber and cleaning/sealing the tooth. It’s a fairly common dental procedure and can help save your tooth. And the good news is, the success rate for root canals is 95%. If by some rare chance the procedure is unsuccessful, there are other great options such as a partial denture.
If you’ve got concerns about the pain, most patients report that it’s feels similar to getting a temporary filling and the local anesthesia helps quite a bit as well. Your oral health and physical comfort during your regular dental visits as well as special procedures is of the highest importance!

How Much Does a Root Canal Cost?

This will depend on your dentist and your insurance options but most US dentists charge approximately $350 for an incisor tooth and about $520 for a molar. However, it’s always a good idea to give your dentist a call to discuss which financial plan would work best for you and your unique situation.
Whether you’re dealing with a chip in the tooth or a serious tooth infections, endodontic treatment is something you should ask your dentist about. Free yourself from pain and discomfort and call Designed Smiles about your options today!

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