Although no one wants to receive news of a necessary tooth extraction, at times it can be the best thing for your smile. Extracting a severely infected tooth can save the surrounding teeth from infection. However, sometimes a root canal is helpful in saving a tooth from being extracted. A root canal is recommended when the tooth’s infection has spread to the pulp of the tooth.
What To Expect During A Root Canal Treatment
Before the root canal begins, the area that will be treated is fully numbed. You shouldn’t experience any pain during a root canal, only pressure. Once the area is numbed, your dentist will remove any infection in the tooth. After the infection is removed, your tooth will be sealed by a filling or dental crown. Once treatment is complete, your smile will be restored and all pain from the infection should be gone.
The cost of a root canal can vary depending on which tooth is in need of treatment. A tooth has anywhere from one to three roots, so this changes the extent of treatment depending on how much work needs to be done. A consultation with your dentist will allow your tooth to be examined and then costs to be presented.
Don’t put off a needed root canal! The spread of infection can lead to tooth loss or affect the surrounding teeth. Scheduling a root canal as soon as it is recommended is the best thing you can do to preserve your smile. If you are in need of a root canal in Cook County, call us today to set up a consultation!