What Is a Root Canal?
The term “root canal” actually describes the area of the tooth that is cleaned out during the procedure. Sometimes, a toothache is the first noticeable sign of an infection deep within the tooth, in its pulp. In order to relieve your pain and protect your tooth from further damage, we perform root canal therapy. During the procedure, Dr. Orr cleans the infected pulp out of the tooth’s root canal. Our team then fills the canal to keep out any bacteria from causing more infections. Finally, we place a crown on top of the tooth for additional strength and protection.
To keep you comfortable during the procedure, we offer sedation, including oral conscious sedation. This method involves taking a pill shortly before your procedure to keep you relaxed but awake throughout.
Root canals have a reputation for being painful, but we promise that the pain from your infected tooth is worse than any discomfort you might feel during the procedure. And our team will be monitoring you carefully throughout the treatment to ensure that we take care of any discomfort you feel as soon as you feel it.
Do I Need a Root Canal?
Toothaches are the first sign of potential problems. If you have a toothache but are unsure if you might need a root canal, symptoms of a tooth infection or abscessed tooth also include:
- Severe, often throbbing, toothache that may radiate to jawbone, neck, or ear
- Temperature sensitivity
- Pressure sensitivity when chewing
- Swelling of face or cheek
- Tender or swollen lymph nodes under jaw
How Much Does a Root Canal Cost?
Because they require multiple steps, sedation, and a custom-made crown, root canals can be pricey. But the health of your mouth and your surrounding healthy teeth depend on you getting the care you need as soon as possible. We don’t want your budget to keep you from saving your tooth and relieving your pain, so we offer a number of flexible financial options.