More than 15 million root canals are performed each year in the U.S., and about 400 of those root canal procedures are completed here at Legacy Dental. Whether it's an emergency endodontist appointment or advanced booking, Dr. Campbell does through job with every root canal .
But root canals help to:
When you suffer from the above symptoms, it’s difficult to eat, feel confident about your smile, get a full night’s sleep, and speak clearly.
Our team can save your teeth with root canal treatment. Schedule a consultation today to start your journey to a pain-free smile!
You can enjoy all your favorite foods and drinks, again! After a root canal, you’ll feel much more comfortable, as the procedure will eliminate your tooth sensitivity.
We’ll remove the diseased portion of your affected tooth during the procedure while preserving your healthy tooth structure. We may use a filling or place a crown over it to prevent further damage. No one will tell you received a root canal.
A root canal takes less time than dental implants. Dental implants usually take three to four months to complete treatment. But a root canal can be completed in an hour or two, with a second appointment in a few weeks to place a crown (if needed). Hence, it's a much more easier way of dental restoration.
You’re in luck if you’re interested in straightening your smile down the road. Teeth treated with root canals can still be moved with braces or clear aligners, unlike dental implants.
The mention of a root canal causes concern for many about pain. It’s not uncommon to hear “I’d rather have a root canal” when talking about an event or procedure people are worried about.
The pain that comes from a tooth with an infection or a deep cavity can be very severe. Gratefully, root canals solve or alleviate that pain. The procedure for a root canal should not hurt.
We use the CompuDent®…Open a new window to the CompuDent website… anesthetic system to help with comfortable anesthesia, and are trained in advanced techniques for local anesthesia, including the X-Tip®…Open a new window to the X-Tip page…, intraligamentary anesthesia, and blocks. Even so, some patients choose to be sedated for this kind of treatment.
We offer nitrous oxide to every patient as part of the procedure, or oral conscious sedation, and IV deep sedation.
Occasionally, there can be some pain following root canal therapy, but it should be managed with over-the-counter pain medications, and in rare instances, something stronger.
The cost for a root canal is influenced by which tooth requires treatment, the condition of the tooth, any history of prior root canal treatment, the need to fill or restore the tooth following root canal treatment, and your insurance benefits.
Before beginning treatment, we’ll review the costs and discuss payment options.
For patients that don’t have insurance, we offer our Dental Membership Plan, which provides significant savings of up to 20%.
But for an exact quote, please contact us to book an appointment.
Other alternatives are tooth removal, and rarely a large filling or base with a protective medicated layer called a pulp cap.
Sometimes tooth removal is the best option. If a tooth is badly damaged and it will be difficult to restore the tooth predictably with a crown or filling, removal of the tooth is a predictable option.
If the root is fractured, root canal treatment cannot save the tooth.
Patients that are at very high risk for cavities and have not been able to stop them from developing may be better served by tooth removal and replacement with a dental implant or denture.
If there is a significant infection that has damaged the bone around the tooth, sometimes tooth removal is more predictable.
If the tooth is removed, it is important to consider if and how to replace the missing tooth. When a tooth is removed and not replaced, adjacent teeth will shift leading to other dental problems. Watch our video for more details:
Occasionally, teeth that have been treated with a root canal can fail.
Root canal therapy has a success rate of over 95%!
Many teeth that have been treated with a root canal last a lifetime.
You can preserve its longevity by maintaining a proper oral health routine and regularly visiting your dentist.
It depends on the tooth and your unique needs.
We may simply fill the tooth, especially if it’s a front tooth. But if your tooth has been discolored by decay, we may recommend a crown for aesthetic purposes.
Crowns are necessary for restoring back teeth because your molars are subjected to more pressure (with chewing).
In nearly every circumstance, saving a tooth with a root canal is preferable to a dental implant. Teeth treated with root canal therapy can be more esthetic, more comfortable, more affordable, require less time, and leave you with more future options for treatment, than a dental implant.
Root canal therapy allows you to keep your own tooth.
Your own tooth is most likely the perfect size, shape, and color for your own mouth. Dental implants are a great solution for missing teeth.
But dental implants do not have a ligament like teeth do, so they can sometimes break more easily than a natural tooth. Also, because implants are shaped differently than a tooth root, sometimes they have a larger space near the gum where food can collect.
Finally, sometimes it can be much more challenging to make a dental implant look like a natural tooth, even a tooth that has had a root canal and a crown.
Root canal therapy will make a tooth that is sensitive to cold, or uncomfortable to chew with comfort and allow you to keep your own tooth.
Root canals can also be more affordable.
Removing a tooth and replacing it with a dental implant is almost always more expensive than root canal therapy and a crown or filling.
A root canal takes less time.
Dental implants usually take 3 to 4 months to complete treatment. While a root canal can be completed in an hour or two, with a second appointment to place a crown if needed in a few weeks. If you are interested in straightening your teeth, teeth treated with root canals can still be moved with braces or clear aligners. A dental implant can’t be moved, this might compromise any efforts to straighten your teeth.
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