Root canal therapy can help save badly decayed teeth and relieve severe tooth pain. Root canals are used when the pulp of the teeth have become infected and inflamed due to dental decay, an injury to the tooth, or broken, cracked teeth. If the infection is allowed to persist it can lead to an abscess. The abscess collects pus and can infect the face, mouth, jaw, or throat. The infection from an abscess can cause serious health complications as it spreads throughout the body. In many situations, a root canal is the only alternative to extracting a tooth, an option that should be avoided if possible.
Are Root Canals painful?
Though some wrongly think that root canals are painful, root canals actually remove the infection that causes severe pain. Local anesthetics are applied before the procedure, which means the entire root canal process is painless. Dr. Wilhite and his team ensure your complete comfort before, during, and after any dental procedure, including a root canal therapy.
What happens during a Root Canal?
During a root canal, the infected tooth pulp is removed from the tooth. The pulp is the soft tissue in the center of the tooth. After the pulp is removed, the inside of the tooth is cleaned and disinfected, to prevent any further infection from spreading or developing. Then the tooth is filled with a rubbery material called gutta-percha. The gutta-percha is heated and compressed into the walls of the root canals, which seals them. Finally, the tooth is topped with a dental crown or cap. This ensures the tooth will remain strong and infection-free.
How much does Root Canal cost?
Contact us today to set up your free consultation. We can discuss your goals and options for a root canal. Plus, we’ll talk about affordable financing and dental insurance options to make sure you get the dental care you need.