If you’ve been told you need a root canal, you might feel anxious about the process. After all, it’s often portrayed as a frightening procedure in pop culture!
But the reality is that a root canal is one of the most common dental procedures in the nation. At The Dental Health Group, our highly trained dentists work with patients to explain the steps of the non-surgical root canal and how it helps to improve overall oral health. It’s normal to feel nervous, but the root canal process is much easier when you make an appointment with our kind and experienced dental practice.
Dentists perform nearly 14 million root canals in the United States every year. This relatively simple procedure is one of the most common treatments in modern dentistry. The non-surgical root canal can save your natural teeth and prevent the need for dental implants or bridges.
Dentists determine if the root canal process is needed by examining the pulp in each tooth’s center. Infection of the pulp is often caused by trauma to the tooth, such as cracks or decay. The infection is usually identified during routine teeth cleaning appointments. If you notice frequent swelling and sensitivity to temperature or touch around one of your teeth, that may be a sign of infected pulp.
If you or your dentist identify these symptoms, non-surgical treatments can eliminate the infected pulp. This treatment involves local anesthesia to numb your mouth and gums and is often completed in one visit. This injured pulp is removed, and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. Ninety percent of cases are successful and do not require any additional work. Patients can drive home after the procedure and quickly return to their regular routine. In addition, nitrous oxide gas is available upon request for patients with dental anxiety.
We understand that cost is a frequent concern. The final cost depends on the severity of damage in the tooth affected, but generally, a root canal is a much less expensive procedure than tooth removal and replacement with an artificial tooth. Our office staff can talk with you about insurance and payment options. We’ll provide a full cost estimate before we begin.
Don’t let needing a root canal cause you worry and fear! Instead, schedule an appointment with The Dental Health Group today. We look forward to seeing you!