If the term “root canal” sends shivers of fear up and down your spine, you’re far from alone. Those two little words have become synonymous with dental agony. But don’t let your imagination run away with you. If you are experiencing root canal pain, the best thing you can do is visit your oral health doctor and trust them to provide comfortable, compassionate care. Let’s talk more about what a root canal is and how you can determine if you need to schedule an appointment with your dentist.
What Is a Root Canal?
A root canal is not a dental procedure; rather, it is part of a tooth’s anatomy. It is the small chamber in the root of a tooth that contains the tooth’s pulp and its nerve. When a tooth suffers damage or severe decay, harmful bacteria can sneak into the root canal and cause the pulp to become inflamed, resulting in significant oral health problems.
Some common root canal symptoms include:
- Pain in or around a tooth
- A tooth that is significantly darker than the ones around it
- Swelling in the gums
- A tooth that is chipped or cracked
- Extreme and prolonged sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- A throbbing sensation in a tooth
What Does Root Canal Treatment Involve?
Root canal treatment is a procedure wherein a dentist creates a tiny hole in the tooth and uses special tools to clean out the infected or damaged area. Then, they fill in the tooth and close the hole. Sometimes, it is necessary to place a crown on a tooth that has received root canal therapy.
Many practices use traditional dental tools to perform root canal therapy. At Frisco Family Dentistry, however, we adhere to a higher standard of care. We use lasers to clean out the root canal. The precision that the lasers provide make the procedure as minimally invasive and painless as possible. They also allow for faster healing time. Our patients are usually able to return to work on the same day as their treatment!
How Much Does Root Canal Therapy Cost?
Some patients choose to have a tooth extracted rather than undergo root canal therapy. Often, their reason is that an extraction may cost less than the procedure that it would take to save the tooth. However, it’s best to view the root canal cost as an investment. Not only will it spare your tooth from extraction, but it may also present a better long-term monetary value. After all, replacing a missing tooth with a bridge or implant can result in a significant dental bill.
Also, keep in mind that we won’t charge you extra for laser root canal therapy. For about the same price as you would pay at other practices, we use the most advanced techniques in dentistry to get your smile back on track in a quick and comfortable manner.
Laser root canal treatment is nothing to be afraid of. Rather, it is a tooth-saving procedure that can relieve your pain and get your mouth back to feeling its best.
About the Author
Dr. Paresh Patel is an experienced general dentist who is proud to serve the Frisco area. He has undergone extensive training in laser dentistry and is well-qualified to perform root canal therapy and other restorative treatments that help his patients regain their oral health. We have won the Best Family Dentist and Best Cosmetic Dentist in Living Magazine by our patients in Frisco and Plano in 2017 and 2018. In 2018, Dr. Patel, amongst peers, won Best Dentist in DFW by D Magazine.
If you would like to know more about Dr. Patel or the services he offers, contact our office at 469-362-3150.