Contrary to popular belief, root canal therapy in Pembroke Pines is designed to get you out of discomfort, not cause it. In fact, this treatment is incredibly effective at not just relieving you of pain, but saving your natural tooth. In the past, your only option would have been to extract the tooth outright. Instead, we can make sure that your natural tooth stays intact and avoid the need for expensive tooth replacements later. If your tooth is experiencing severe discomfort, give our dental office a call today!
During your root canal therapy, you’ll be given local anesthetic to remove all discomfort during the procedure. Most patients note that it feels comparable to receiving a dental filling. You’ll also be given sedation if requested. During the procedure, we’ll create a small access hole in the top portion of your crown, then use it to reach decayed and damaged pulp inside your tooth. After removing decay as well as irrigating and shaping the canal, we’ll place filler material to replace the pulp and prevent future infections from developing. Finally, a permanent crown is placed on top to cover the access hole.
Out of all the dental treatments that exist today, root canal therapy is perhaps the most misunderstood. There are all kinds of myths out there surrounding this procedure, which is why you may be nervous if you’ve been told that you need one. To help bring you peace of mind, we’ve answered a few frequently asked questions about root canals below. However, don’t be afraid to call us for any further questions!
A root canal is essentially a last-resort procedure designed to save your tooth from an infection deep within it. If you avoid getting a root canal and the infection is not removed, then the tooth could become so damaged that it would have to extracted and replaced. The infection may also spread to surrounding teeth, other oral structures, or even other areas of your body, causing systemic illness.
Root canal therapy can prevent all of these issues and allow you to preserve your natural smile.
To make sure you’re ready for your root canal, feel free to ask us any and all questions you may have before the procedure. We’ll be happy to set your mind at ease and ensure you’re fully comfortable.
Additionally, we recommend that you avoid smoking (or chewing) tobacco before your procedure, as well as for the following few days. Nicotine can slow the healing process. We may also want to discuss the possibility of antibiotics and/or pain medication, as well as instructions on how to take these medications. Lastly, we typically suggest that you eat a substantial meal at least a couple of hours before your procedure. Your mouth will be numb for a few hours afterward, making it difficult to eat.
The area of your mouth that we worked on will likely be sore and sensitive for the next few days. You can help to minimize this by taking your first dose of painkillers before the local anesthetic that numbed your mouth wears off. Throughout your recovery, you might want to stick to soft foods only and avoid chewing with the treated tooth.
After the root canal, we will have most likely placed a temporary crown to protect your tooth for a few weeks until the permanent one is made. Until then, do not chew anything particularly hard or sticky with the crowned tooth to avoid your restoration breaking or coming loose.
Generally speaking, the farther back in the mouth the tooth is, the more a root canal will cost. Why? Molars have more roots that must be disinfected than front teeth, so the procedure will take more time and precision. The cost of the crown must also be considered. Keep in mind that paying for a root canal now will save you more money in the long run on extracting and replacing the tooth.
Many dental insurance companies will cover around 50% of the cost of root canals. Our practice is in-network with many popular PPO providers. We even offer affordable, low-interest financing for eligible patients.