Root canals are probably the most misunderstood dental treatment. There are plenty of myths floating around about root canal therapy, but it’s actually a safe, common procedure used to relieve pain, prevent future tooth infection, and even stop eventual tooth loss.
What Is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a type of endodontic treatment. Endodontic procedures deal with the inner part of teeth, which is referred to as the “pulp.” Root canals become necessary when the pulp becomes diseased due to decay or some sort of dental trauma, like a cracked or broken tooth. Some symptoms to look out for include a painful toothache, prolonged tooth sensitivity, or tender or swollen gums near the tooth.
During root canal therapy, Dr. Stratman will carefully remove any damaged or infected material from the inside of the tooth. He will then fill and seal the tooth to strengthen it and protect it from further infection. It’s as simple as that!
Many people think that root canals are painful, but they actual relieve pain rather than cause it. With today’s advancements in terms of dental technology and anesthesia and sedation options, many patients find that it feels the same as getting a routine filling placed.
How Much Does a Root Canal Cost?
The cost of a root canal can vary depending on different factors, such as where the infected tooth is and the severity of the infection. When you come in for your appointment, Dr. Stratman will perform an exam to assess your case and then we can give you a better estimate.
We can say that neglecting to get a root canal when you need it could lead to much more expensive dental treatments down the line, such as a tooth extraction and the subsequent tooth replacement option like a dental bridge or dental implant.
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