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What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a quick, relatively painless procedure that can help relieve tooth pain and save a damaged tooth. This commonly performed procedure can also prevent a later need for dental implants or bridges. Birch Street Dentistry can ease your pain and repair your tooth with a quick, root canal procedure.
Identifying Symptoms and Treatment Needs
Root Canal Diagnosis
In the center of your tooth is pulp, a collection of blood vessels. This pulp helps make up the rest of the surrounding tooth, but can become infected due to trauma, decay, cracks, chips or even multiple dental procedures. As the pulp weakens, this leaves your tooth susceptible to further damage. You might need a root canal if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Visible injury or swelling of the tooth
- Sensitivity to temperature
- Pain in the tooth or gums
Root Canal Treatment
If you exhibit any of the mentioned symptoms, your dentist will likely advise a root canal. During this procedure, the dentist removes the damaged pulp, thoroughly cleans the root canal system, and seals it. Local anesthesia is typically administered for the procedure. Following completion, you can safely drive home and resume your regular activities without any downtime.
How Affordable is this treatment?
At Birch Street Dentistry, we strive to make our root canal procedure as affordable as possible. However, the cost will vary depending on a number of factors, including the amount of damage to the tooth and which tooth is affected. Generally, a root canal procedure is less expensive than what happens if the damaged tooth is not fixed: removal of the tooth and replacement with a dental implant.