If you need a root canal, you should know that you’re not alone.
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.
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!
Root canal therapy allows you to keep your natural tooth, whereas other options like dental implants require an extraction. We’re committed to saving as much of your healthy tooth structure as possible.
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.
Root canal therapy is more affordable than some other dental treatments. Getting a root canal and a crown or filling is much more cost-efficient than replacing the tooth.
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).
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.
Root canals have the stigma of being painful.
However, that’s not the case. Here’s what we do to ensure your treatment is comfortable and lasts a long time:
Our dentists at Legacy Dental have had extensive experience and training to provide the latest techniques for performing root canals. Dr. Jonathan Campbell alone has performed thousands of root canal procedures!
Each of our dentists are general dentists, meaning they can also place the filling or crown on your tooth after root canal therapy and help you with other dental problems – all under one roof.
Additionally, we’re experienced enough to know when the best option is to refer your root canal care to an endodontist (a root canal specialist). We’ll gladly give you a referral to one of our amazing endodontist colleagues.
It’s usually in your best interest to save your tooth with a root canal. Removing a tooth and later replacing it is more expensive than root canal treatment and a crown placed to strengthen a tooth.
We accept most insurance plans and offer payment plans or financing options to allow you to fit the cost of root canal treatment into your budget. Our fees are comparable to the other dentists in the area. We won’t be the cheapest, nor will we be the most expensive. Our goal is to provide you with quality care at an affordable fee that fits your needs and budget.
We’re able to help with dental emergencies where root canal therapy is needed. We offer same-day appointments, including evening and Saturday dental appointments. So, if you need a root canal and can’t miss work or school, we can likely help you with an evening or Saturday dental appointment.
We’re committed to providing comfortable care.
It’s not uncommon for people to be anxious about root canal treatment. That’s why we offer several sedation options, including nitrous oxide, conscious sedation with oral medications, and IV sedation with general anesthetic if you suffer from severe dental fear or anxiety.
If you want to distract yourself from the procedure, we have televisions and noise-canceling headphones. Plus, our Compudent system will make local anesthetic injections very comfortable.
We also have put together a team of dental assistants and front office staff devoted to being patient and kind during the whole process.
We try to use the latest proven technologies for your root canal care. We use:
3D x-rays to plan your root canal care before starting treatment. These x-rays help us find all the canals before beginning your care, making your treatment results more efficient and predictable.
Electric rotary instruments to clean the canal spaces rather than hand files. This makes your treatment faster. Plus, we only use the rotary instruments once for every patient to keep you safe. This reduces the risk of cross-contamination and of having a file or endodontic instrument break or separate.
Digital x-rays to check for complete care, reducing radiation exposure and allowing us to make minor modifications to improve the outcome easily.
The highest quality products and expertise in your care. By having multiple doctors in our office, we help one another on more challenging cases. You always have a team of doctors able to consult with one another if needed.
Feel free to get to know our Salt Lake City dentists and what they can do for your smile.
‘‘Without finding Legacy Dental and the wonderful people that work there, my life would still be miserable and painful. They helped me find all the resources I needed to fix my teeth, regain my smile that I had lost and regain the confidence I once had before my teeth began to fail me. Thanks to the entire team at Legacy Dental for helping me in every way to regain my happiness and to smile again. Just know you will be able to trust these wonderful people to help you in your hour of need; when your teeth are failing and your life is painful, they are there to assist you with everything they can find to help you feel good about yourself again.’’
Here’s a quick overview:
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 range for a root canal procedure in our office is $336 to $2445.
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.