Advanced Dental Care of Jacksonville
4540 Southside Boulevard, Suite 1001, Jacksonville, FL 32216
A dental root canal is a treatment that offers you an alternative to having a painful tooth pulled. If the inside of your tooth is infected or damaged, it can be exceedingly painful because the tooth’s nerves are in the pulp. Root canals, also known as endodontic treatments, replace the pulp of your tooth with an inert filling material, preserving your natural tooth and completely stopping the pain.
The typical symptoms include:
Call our office right away if you have any of these symptoms. Our dentist will go over your symptoms with you, examine your tooth and order x-rays to diagnose your problem.
Simply call our office and we will make an appointment for you with one of our skilled dentists. If after an examination and studying your x-rays, your dentist decides you need the services of an endodontist, we can arrange that for you. Endodontists are specialist dentists who focus on treating the inside of teeth with endodontic surgery and nonsurgical root canals. They typically handle complicated root canals and re-treatments.
You can expect the following steps to occur in the 60- to 90-minute procedure:
Most patients don’t feel any pain after the procedure. If you experience minor discomfort, our dentist may suggest an over-the-counter medication, such as Tylenol.
We cannot tell you your root canal cost until our dentist examines your tooth. We base our fee on the condition of your tooth and the number of canals our dentist will have to treat. Typically, the further back in your mouth a tooth is, the more canals it has. Your cost will also depend on whether a dentist or an endodontist performs the procedure. Please let us know if you have dental insurance coverage so we can determine your out-of-pocket expense. Call our office to arrange an appointment so we can provide an accurate estimate. The materials used to fabricate your crown also affect the total you will pay. Generally, it costs less to save a tooth than to have it extracted and replaced by a bridge or dental implant.
Standard root canals are the most commonly performed endodontic procedures, but there are also apicoectomies and pediatric pulpotomies. Apicoectomies remove the top of the tooth’s root to fight infection present after a failed root canal. Failed root canals are not common; most patients end up with a functional tooth with no infection after the procedure. Apicoectomies are minor surgical procedures usually performed by endodontists. Pediatric pulpotomies are performed on baby teeth to remove diseased pulp in the tooth only; the root canals are not touched. We usually place a stainless steel crown on the tooth after the procedure so the tooth will last until it is time for it to fall out.
You shouldn’t have any pain during the procedure. We do root canals once you’ve had an anesthetic to numb you. If you need more anesthetic during your procedure, our dentist can administer more, ensuring your comfort at all times. Don’t let a fear of pain stop you from saving your tooth; contact our office today to make your appointment.