Most people think root canal therapy is a painful and traumatic procedure. In truth, a root canal procedure is actually no more painful than having a crown or filling placed. The pain that comes with a root canal is actually due to the pressure associated with the infection inside the tooth. The root canal procedure will alleviate that pain quickly and easily.
Do You Need a Root Canal?
A root canal is often recommended for severely damaged or decayed teeth. Patients may experience tooth pain or other symptoms including:
- Severe toothache
- Pain when chewing or biting
- Prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages
- Tooth discoloration
- Sore gums surrounding the tooth
About the Root Canal Procedure
The goal of a root canal procedure is to remove all infection tissue from the inside of the tooth and then fill the tooth to prevent further infection.
Dr. Khanna will make a tiny hole in the tooth to access the root chamber. Any infected tissue or damaged nerves will be removed and the root canal will be thoroughly cleaned and polished. If infection is present, Dr. Khanna may prescribe an antibiotic.
Once the infection is clear and the root canal is free of debris, it will be filled with a biocompatible rubber compound called gutta percha. Next, Dr. Khanna will cover the tooth with either a dental filling or dental crown to add strength to the tooth and protect it from future damage.
Root Canal Procedure FAQs
Does a root canal hurt?
This is the most common question about root canal procedures. While root canal pain is a primary concern, the procedure itself will actually feel no different than having a dental filling placed. Dr. Khanna will take all steps to minimize pain during and after the procedure. Techniques to minimize pain may include sedation dentistry.
Are there any alternatives to root canal therapy?
A tooth extraction is the alternative to a root canal procedure. Once the pulp is destroyed, it can not regenerate and it is not recommended to leave an infected tooth in the mouth. While some people may prefer an extraction, Dr. Khanna usually supports the choice to preserve the natural tooth.
How much does a root canal cost?
The cost of a root canal procedure depends on your specific circumstances, taking into consideration the extent of damage and what is needed to restore the tooth. Dr. Khanna will create an individualized treatment plan and discuss root canal cost prior to beginning treatment. As a courtesy, we will submit to your dental insurance for reimbursement.