Advanced Dental Care of Lakewood Ranch
8640 E State Road 70, Suite D, Bradenton, FL 34202
Root canals preserve teeth with damaged or decayed pulp from deep, untreated decay, a crack in the tooth or trauma. The virtually painless procedure is an alternative to having the tooth pulled. Your tooth pain will stop forever and you will still have your natural tooth.
The signs your tooth has infected or damaged pulp include:
Spontaneous pain intense enough to wake you in the middle of the night
You may not have any symptoms, although, most of our patients come in with a toothache so bad that they know something is wrong. If you are in pain, call us to make an appointment. We’ll see you as soon as we can and determine what is wrong. Don’t wait as the tooth will not get better on its own.
General dentists train to perform the procedure in dental school. Our dentist is experienced in root canals; however, he or she will send patients with complex cases, or patients who need re-treatment to an endodontist. Endodontists have several years of training after dental school in treating the inside of teeth. If you call us for an appointment, we’ll assess your needs and then make sure you see the appropriate provider.
The basic steps are as follows:
This process takes about one to two hours depending on the number of canals.
Your root canal cost depends on whether a dentist or an endodontist performs the procedure. Other factors which can affect your total cost include the condition of your tooth and the number of canals. Teeth with multiple canals, such as molars, are more expensive to treat because of the additional work involved. If you have dental insurance, it may cover a percentage of the cost. We can help you determine your coverage if you have questions. Call us to schedule an exam. Our dentist can tell you your cost for the procedure after examining the affected tooth.
There are standard root canals and two specialized procedures that are not as common. If a previous root canal fails, which is rare, you may have an apicoectomy. In this procedure, a dentist or endodontist will make an incision in your gum, remove the tip of the root and seal the space. For children with baby tooth pain, our dentist may suggest a pediatric pulpotomy, which removes the infected pulp in the tooth’s pulp chamber, but leaves pulp in the canals. This is an easier procedure for a child, used because the tooth will fall out eventually. The tooth is covered by a crown so your child can use the tooth to chew normally.
Root canals have an undeserved reputation for being painful. The truth is that you don’t feel any pain during the procedure. The tooth pain you’re experiencing is from the infected pulp inside your tooth, which can be very painful. The pain stops permanently after the procedure because the tooth’s nerves are gone. Don’t let fear of pain hold you back from getting the treatment you need to preserve your tooth. Call us today to make an appointment.