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Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy is performed when the tooth is affected by decay or infection. This treatment is used to remove pulp, nerves, bacteria, and decay to restore the health of the tooth. Root canal therapy allows patients to save the natural tooth rather than undergoing a more extensive procedure. Symptoms of decay or infection in the tooth may include an abscess on the gums, tooth sensitivity, toothache, swelling, and tenderness. Patients may need a root canal due to tooth decay, infections, and a traumatic injury.

Root Canal Therapy Candidates

Candidates for a root canal therapy procedure may suffer from intense pain, tooth sensitivity to hot and cold, inflammation, or toothache. Dr. Patel will meet with the patient one-on-one for a comprehensive consultation to identify the root of any symptoms present. During the consultation, Dr. Patel will perform a thorough oral exam to assess the oral health of the patient. Dr. Patel may also perform an X-ray examination to further evaluate any signs or symptoms. If the patient is a candidate for a root canal therapy procedure, then Dr. Patel will start creating a customized treatment plan based on the symptoms found. Dr. Patel will then discuss all pre- and post-procedure instructions with the patient and answer any questions they may have during this appointment.

Root Canal Therapy Process

A root canal procedure can be completed in one or more appointments. The dentist will begin the treatment by numbing the tooth and placing a dental dam around the tooth to keep the area dry. The dentist will create an opening to remove the pulp or decay from the tooth. Once the tooth is cleaned, the permanent filling will be placed. In some cases, patients may require more appointments and a temporary filling will be placed.

During the next appointment, the tooth will be filled and sealed. A crown (cap) will be then placed over the top of the tooth to restore the tooth’s functionality. Patients may experience tooth sensitivity and inflammation after the treatment. Symptoms will subside once the tooth has healed.

Root Canal Therapy Aftercare

Before any procedure at Valley Alder Family Dentistry, Dr. Patel will spend time with the patient reviewing all pre- and post-surgery instructions. After root canal therapy, patients may experience tooth sensitivity. Dr. Patel recommends patients avoid solid foods following the procedure. All symptoms will subside within a few days of the procedure. Dr. Patel may also schedule a follow-up appointment to monitor the healing process. Patients can maintain root canal therapy results by brushing, flossing, and using an antiseptic mouthwash daily. Root Canal Therapy Benefits

Root canal therapy’s main purpose is to save the natural tooth from tooth decay. Other benefits of a root canal therapy procedure are:

  • Preventing the loss of the tooth
  • Removing any infection, tooth decay, or damage from the tooth
  • Preserving the natural tooth
  • Addressing chronic pain, tooth sensitivity, and inflammation
  • Eliminating the need for a simple tooth extraction
  • Preserving the health of the surrounding teeth

How much will a root canal therapy cost?

Each patient’s root canal therapy cost will vary based on the severity of the symptoms and the dentist’s expertise. A root canal therapy, in general, is less expensive than tooth removal and replacement procedure. Valley Alder Family Dentistry accepts cash, money orders, and major credit cards. For extensive dental care, financial arrangements can be made with our office. Valley Alder Family Dentistry also accepts CareCredit.

Root Canal Therapy At Valley Alder Family Dentistry

Dr. Patel and his staff of dental professionals offer state-of-the-art dental treatments for patients. Dr. Patel utilizes only the most advanced dental technology and techniques for each dental procedure including root canal therapy. Schedule your consultation appointment at Valley Alder Family Dentistry today.