Root Canal Treatment Costs

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There is an unfortunate negative view of root canal treatments. Many believe that they are very painful procedures. In reality, they are performed in order to eliminate the pain caused by tooth infections. For this reason, root canal treatments are worth exactly what they cost.

The benefits of a root canal treatment are numerous. Not only do they involve restoring the health of the tooth, but strengthen and protect them with dental crowns. This also helps prevent jaw bone loss and gum disease. Some people try to ignore the pain and other symptoms of infections, but this is very ill advised. A root canal is the only way the tooth can return to health.

Many patients ask about root canal cost, but unfortunately there is no one right answer to this question. However, most patients find the pricing about the same as other endodontic and restorative procedures. It is important to remember that the benefits of the surgery far outweigh any and all costs. Those who are experiencing severe pain due to the infection have no other way to find relief.

A visit to our LA endodontist should give you a good idea of the process and the costs of a root canal treatment.

Root Canal Therapy

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Pain coming from a tooth can be due to one of many things, the most serious of which is an infection, otherwise known as a toothache. This is considered a dental emergency, and most patients who experience the pain that is typically involved agree. Toothaches require a root canal treatment in order to restore the tooth back to health.

Root canal therapy begins with a local anesthetic. This should eliminate any pain and discomfort the patient is feeling due to the infection. Our root canal dentist in Orange County then creates a hole in the affected tooth in order to access the pulp. This is where the blood vessels and nerves reside, which are now infected. They will remove this infected tissue and replace it with a material called “gutta percha”. The tooth is then restored with a dental crown.

Although root canals can be needed after physical damage, it is most often required due to poor dental and oral care. In order to reduce the risk of infection, be sure to brush and floss properly daily, and see our Orange County dentist for regular exams and cleanings. If you are experiencing tooth pain, contact our office right away.

Aftercare Instructions for Root Canal

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Proper root canal aftercare tasks can ensure that your treated tooth heals properly and reduces the risk of complications. We will give you detailed instructions based on your individual needs.

After your procedure, you will need someone to drive you home if you were sedated during the procedure. If you have been prescribed antibiotics, take them exactly as directed. Antibiotics combat bacterial infections, and even if your symptoms subside, you still need to continue taking them to kill all remaining bacteria. If you are prescribed pain medication, make sure that you are taking it as recommended. You may need to take it at a certain time of day, or with or without foods. Pain medication can affect the way you feel, so you might need to avoid driving while you take it. Pain should decrease in the days following your procedure, but this can take a while depending on the amount of inflammation before the procedure.

If your tooth was given a temporary filling, schedule an appointment to have the permanent restoration placed. Finally, keep your teeth clean during and after your recovery. Regular brushing and flossing will keep plaque and bacteria under control. Call our endodontists in LA to schedule your consultation.

When is Root Canal Therapy Necessary?

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Root canal therapy is a type of treatment that can remove diseased tissue from a tooth and can eliminate the need for extraction in otherwise extremely damaged or infected teeth. After root canal therapy, a porcelain crown is usually placed on the tooth to strengthen and restore it. Our dentist in Thousand Oaks may recommend a root canal therapy if you have a severely infected tooth, a damaged tooth or an abscessed tooth. Symptoms that can indicate the need for a root canal treatment include:

•    Throbbing pain
•    Pain that lessens or worsens based on your position
•    Pain that intensifies in response to temperature changes or pressure
•    Lingering pain
•    Pain that is strong enough to wake you at night
•    A swelling or lump near the base of the tooth
•    A tooth that feels taller or that feels like it no longer fits properly
•    Radiating pain in your face, neck or shoulder

In some cases, you may have no symptoms. This is because the nerve of the tooth has already died. While there may be no symptoms, the dead tissue can leave you vulnerable to infection and serious dental disease. We will explain all of your treatment options so that you can make the best decision for your dental health. Contact our office today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our expert in root canal in Thousand Oaks.

When is a Root Canal Treatment Necessary?

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When damage occurs to the inner portion of a tooth, called the pulp, a dental filling is not sufficient to protect the tooth and eliminate the pain caused by the decay. In these situations, it is usually necessary for our dentist in Los Angeles to perform a root canal treatment.

A root canal treatment is the last resort to save a tooth from needing to be extracted. This treatment is designed to remove all the infected material inside the tooth to stop the decay in its tracks. Because the pulp inside of the root canal leads directly to a central nerve, it can be extremely painful when bacteria takes over this area and a root canal is designed to eliminate this pain as well.

The tooth structure that is left over after the root canal treatment is performed will need to be protected. To do so, our expert in root canal treatment in Los Angeles typically suggests covering it with a porcelain crown. This will not only protect the tooth but allow it to function fully again as well.

If you have a cavity that has gotten so bad you are in great pain or have been told the tooth needs to be removed, schedule a consultation with our dentist today to learn more about how it can be saved with a root canal treatment