Our Yorkville dentists, and endodontist, provide root canal therapy to treat teeth with infection or inflammation in their root canal (the area inside the tooth). If this inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can lead to an abscess in the tooth and considerable pain. By removing the infection, a root canal can stop existing pain and potentially prevent further tooth deterioration and pain.
Why would I need a root canal?
A root canal is necessary when there is infection or inflammation in the pulp of the tooth – the soft tissue inside the root canal. Bacteria can entre the tooth– either through a chip or crack in the tooth, deep decay, repeated dental procedures or even an injury to the tooth – and cause an infection. Left untreated, this infection can lead to abscesses, pain and more damage to the tooth.
How do I know if I need a root canal?
If your tooth hurts, is sensitive to hot or cold, is discoloured, causes pain while chewing or when touched, or if you are experience there is swelling or tenderness around the area, you might have a tooth infection that that requires endodontic treatment.
What happens during the root canal procedure?
Our team is always concerned with your comfort. Using local anesthetic to numb the area, our dentist or endodontist will remove the damaged and infected pulp and clean the root canal.
The space is then filled with a special material to prevent further infections. In most cases, a temporary crown will be placed and you will return for a second appointment to place the permanent crown or other restoration. At our Yorkville dentist office, we offer CEREC One Day Crowns. This technology allows us to create your crown in just one appointment, reducing treatment times. Click here to learn more about our CEREC technology, or call us to discuss how CEREC can be part of your root canal therapy.
How much will a root canal cost?
Because a root canal treatment is specific to your tooth and the severity of the infection, and the final restoration (crown, inlay, onlay etc.) needed, the price will vary.
However, a root canal is usually less costly than a tooth extraction and future restoration (which may require a dental implant, bridge or other appliance).