What a Root Canal Does
During a root canal, the living tissue inside your tooth is removed and replaced with dental materials. These materials are what brings full function back to your tooth. Besides prolonging the life of your natural tooth, a root canal also protects your jaw bone and the tissues around your tooth. Moreover, it can also avoid extra pain and treatments down the road.
The following symptoms can indicate the need for a root canal:
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- Severe toothache
- Inflammation near the tooth
- Tooth discoloration
- Gum abscess
How a Root Canal Procedure Goes
The following description should give you a good idea of how your root canal would go:
Setting the right diagnosis
An X-ray of the affected tooth and surrounding area will be taken and examined, to identify with precision your symptoms’ cause. It may take one or two visits to complete the treatment. If two visits are required – you may also be prescribed some antibiotics in between. Often, the cause of pain during a root canal is the pressure from the swelling. The antibiotics can help keep the infection under control, which can reduce pain during the procedure.
Clearing the infection
The area will be numbed before starting the procedure. Once we make sure you are comfortable and ready, we’ll drill an access hole into the tooth. Then, all the bacteria and infected tissues like the nerve and the pulp will be removed from the tooth.
The final stage
In severe cases, some medicine can be placed inside the tooth to ensure any infectious tissue is dealt with. In multiple-visit cases, a temporary filling will be applied. Once the tooth is thoroughly cleaned and free of infection it will be permanently sealed. Then you can start drinking cold water again without pain.
Root Canal Prices in Hamilton
Like with any procedure, prices vary from case to case. Keep in mind that a root canal will save you more money in the long run. With that said, out-of-pocket costs can range between $200 to $500+ with insurance, and between $600 to $1200+ without insurance. After your consultation – you can present our quote to your insurance company to find out your out-of-pocket cost.
Here are some factors that determine the cost of a root canal:
- The infection’s severity
- The infection’s location
- The health and condition of surrounding teeth and gums.
- Unforeseen complications, which could require more work.
Keep in mind, accurate quotes can’t be provided over the phone, or on a website. The specifics of each case influence the price, and you should get a dental exam to know the costs with more precision.
Are there any alternative treatments besides root canals?
There could be, depending on your case. A tooth infection is considered an emergency, and root canal is the better way to end the excruciating dental pain caused by the infection. What’s more important, is that root canals can stop this infection from spreading and becoming life-threatening. This treatment’s benefits are the reason we work tirelessly to combat the reputation of root canals, and strive to protect your oral, and general health.
If you suspect having a tooth infection but want to avoid root canal therapy – visit us for an exam. We’ll confirm whether or not this is an infection and provide you with all the available treatment options.
Contact us today
to schedule an initial consultation & exam.
Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.
Frequently Asked Questions
Some root canals are more painful than others, but we do everything in our power to minimize the pain. This is largely possible due to modern technologies, and due to our highly trained, careful staff.
Antibiotics may have temporary effects, but they cannot remove the already dead nerve and tissue. With dead nerve inside, the area will keep getting infected. Removing the dead pulp and nerve is the only way to ensure an infection won’t re-appear.
Root canals can last between 30 to 90 minutes depending on complexity, and sometimes may require two visits to the office.
If, and how much is covered by your insurance company depends on the type of your insurance. After an exam, you can forward our quote to your insurance provider and check for sure. We recommend prioritizing your root canal, and if you have any questions – give us a call.
Our Patients are Proud to Belong to Barton Dental
I went in for 2 root canals and it was not what I expected. It went so well and I had no pain during or after. Plus, I had 3 fillings done. They did it in an amazing amount of time. Barton Dental is so calming and the people are amazing. Thank you for making my experience a good one.
Root Canals here are a walk in the park. I've had two of them done. It's comforting to finally find an office that knows what they are doing. I've had terrible experiences at other places.