Root Canal Treatment in Elgin, IL
You may cringe at the thought of root canal treatment, but there are a lot of misconceptions out there about the procedure. Thanks to modern dentistry, root canals shouldn’t be painful. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. When you have a severe infection that’s gotten down to the inner pulp and root canals of your tooth, that’s what can be really painful. Root canal procedure will get rid of that pain from inflammation or infection and allow you to preserve your natural tooth.
Signs You May Need a Root Canal
- Tooth sensitivity
- Swollen gums around a tooth
- Tender gums
- Pain when chewing or biting down
- Unusual tooth discoloration
You don’t have to live with tooth pain!
What Is the Root Canal Procedure Like?
We’ve found that when patients know what to expect when it comes to the root canal procedure, it can help alleviate some of their fear. Root canal treatment is actually a simple, routine procedure and the most you should ever feel during it is just pressure (not pain!).
Our first step is to numb the treatment area with local anesthesia. We want to make sure you don’t experience any discomfort during the procedure. Next, we’ll make a small opening in the top of the tooth, through which we’ll clean away any damaged or diseased pulp from the root canals. Then, we’ll shape, clean, and dry the area to limit the possibility of further infection. The final step is placing a restoration, either a filling or a dental crown, to seal and strengthen the area.
How Much Does a Root Canal Cost?
We know many people may want to put off getting a root canal because they’re worried about costs, but you really can’t put a price on your health. Not getting root canal treatment when you need it can set you up for needing more expensive procedures later on, or it may even result in tooth loss. We’re not trying to scare you—these are just the facts!
Root canal cost actually depends on which tooth is being treated. This is because different teeth have different number of roots. Front teeth only have one root, while molars may have up to three. The more roots, the more complicated the procedure and the higher the price tag. Our team will give you a cost estimate for your specific case before moving ahead with the procedure.