What Happens During a Root Canal
A tooth is a hard shell of enamel and dentin, but it’s hollow on the inside and filled with a soft tissue called the “pulp.” This pulp contains nerves and blood vessels that nourish your tooth. If your tooth becomes infected or damaged, the pulp can become painfully inflamed and this can lead to toothache and even dental abscess.
Our dentist can perform a root canal on your tooth to treat the inflamed pulp and prevent an infection from spreading. During this procedure, the dentist will numb the entire area around your affected tooth, remove the pulp tissue, cleanse and medicate the inside of your tooth, and then seal it off to keep it healthy and strong.
Although damaged teeth sometimes require extraction, we prefer to help you hold on to your natural teeth whenever possible. Root canal therapy can help you save your natural tooth, but it can also prevent infection and inflammation from spreading to other areas in your mouth. Ultimately, getting a root canal can help you avoid the added pain and expense of future dental treatment.
Do you need a root canal? Here are the signs to look for:
- Reddened and/or swollen gum tissue around your tooth
- Tooth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- A dental abscess (pimple on your gums)
- Swollen cheek or jaw
- Severe toothache
- Discoloured tooth
Your Root Canal Treatment Plan: What to Expect
It normally takes at least two visits to complete a root canal treatment: one to perform the actual root canal, and then another to check the tooth before sealing it off with a dental restoration. Here is how your root canal treatment will go with our dentist:
Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
First, we will take an X-ray of your tooth and the surrounding tissues. This will help us find out what’s causing your toothache and determine the extent of the damage. We may prescribe you antibiotics if there is an infection. Treating the infection in advance can reduce the swelling and pressure inside your tooth, and this can help make your root canal procedure much more comfortable.
Preparing Your Tooth
Next, we’ll numb the area around your tooth with local anesthetic so that you can rest comfortably during your root canal treatment. Once your tooth is numb, the dentist will drill a small hole into your tooth. The dentist will insert slim instruments into this access hole to remove the pulp, bacteria, and other debris from your tooth and then sterilize the inside.
Sealing Your Tooth
By the end of your root canal appointment, you will already feel some relief from your tooth pain. Your dentist may place a medicated layer inside your cleansed tooth to prevent a recurring infection. If possible, your tooth will be sealed up that day and then we may call you back in to get it fitted for a dental crown. If your tooth requires multiple visits, then the dentist will place a temporary filling to protect your tooth until your next appointment when it will be checked and then permanently sealed.
Cost Of A Root Canal In Mississauga
With insurance, root canal treatment may cost you anywhere from $200 to $500. If you don’t have insurance, this range goes up to $600 to $1,200. Cost varies widely because there are several factors that impact the price of a root canal:
- The severity of your dental infection
- Which tooth needs treatment
- How many roots your tooth has
- The health of your other teeth and the surrounding gum tissue
- Other complications which may require more treatment time or specialist expertise
We can give you a personalized quote for your root canal treatment after examining your tooth. If you have insurance, we can help you find out what your out-of-pocket costs will be. Please keep in mind that neither we nor any other dental practice can provide you with an accurate quote over the phone or Internet. A dentist needs to evaluate your oral health in person to accurately determine what kind of treatment is necessary.
What are your alternatives to root canal treatment?
Root canal treatment has the unfortunate reputation of being a painful dental procedure, so it’s natural to search for alternatives. But this treatment can actually help you eliminate pain. It’s only associated with discomfort because most people find out they need a root canal after they are already suffering from a toothache.
If you’re looking for gentle root canal treatment in Mississauga, then you’ve come to the right place. We will do everything we can to ensure that your root canal procedure is both comfortable and successful.
An abscess or dental infection constitutes a dental emergency and needs to be treated right away. Otherwise, the infection can spread and develop life-threatening consequences. If you don’t get a root canal when treatment is indicated, then you may later require much more urgent and invasive medical care. So not only can a root canal give you relief from dental pain, but it can help you avoid a serious medical emergency.
If your tooth needs a root canal to stay pain-free and healthy, then the only other treatment alternative is to extract it. If you choose to extract your tooth instead of treating it with a root canal, then you will need to consider replacing it with a dental bridge or dental implants. We strongly recommend keeping your natural teeth as long as possible since that is often the healthiest and more affordable option.
Do you suspect that you may have a dental infection but still don’t want a root canal? Don’t worry—we won’t pressure you to accept any treatment you aren’t comfortable with. We encourage you to contact us anyway to learn more about your dental health and treatment options. Our goal is to help you attain a comfortable, functional, healthy, and beautiful bite, and we will work with you to help you achieve the smile of your dreams.
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to schedule an initial consultation & exam
Think you might need a root canal? We’ll provide you with a comprehensive dental health evaluation to help you find out if root canal therapy is right for you. We will examine your teeth, gums, and other oral tissues and check the function of your bite. We’ll provide you with a treatment plan that takes all of your oral health needs and concerns into consideration.
Frequently Asked Questions
Root canal treatment is usually necessary after the sterile pulp (soft nerve tissue) of a tooth has been compromised by damage or decay. Large cavities, tooth trauma, a dead tooth nerve, a faulty dental restoration, or a crack in your tooth can all give rise to the need for a root canal.
Actually, you may be surprised at just how painless your root canal will be. Modern dental techniques enable us to provide quick and minimally invasive treatment under local anesthesia so that you don’t feel any pain.
Antibiotics can treat an infection in your tooth and significantly reduce the pain and swelling, but they cannot heal your tooth. Once your tooth has been compromised, you need root canal therapy to prevent your tooth nerve from becoming reinfected. That’s why you may need antibiotics in addition to having a root canal, but antibiotics can never be a substitute for root canal treatment.
A simple root canal treatment usually takes about 30 to 60 minutes. If you have a tooth with multiple roots or canals, then the procedure is more complex and may take around 90 minutes.
Root canal treatment may be covered depending on the type of dental insurance coverage you have. Visit our practice so that we can examine your tooth and provide you with a treatment cost estimate you can send to your insurance provider to find out how much they will cover.
Teeth that typically bear a lot of bite pressure when you chew should get crowns after having root canal treatment. This is because a tooth without a pulp becomes brittle and prone to fracture. Front teeth, however, don’t experience so much pressure. You may not need a crown if you get a root canal on a front tooth, but your dentist will let you know why one may be needed, anyway.