Understanding the details of dental procedures can take away uncertainty and stress while helping patients make an informed treatment decision. We compiled a list of the top FAQs regarding root canals, and our experts answered each of them.
At Atlanta Smiles, patients get a different experience. Our expert dental team wants each patient to feel comfortable and confident. We take the time to answer patient questions and explain the details of each procedure, whether it’s in the office at an initial consultation or here online. Our goal is to provide top-notch service to achieve overall patient wellness.
Root canals offer an effective solution to preserve the natural tooth while removing infection and restoring tooth structure. Learn more about root canal therapy and how it can improve your oral health. Keep reading to learn more about our FAQs regarding root canals.
How Do Root Canals Work?
A root canal is a process that removes infected tissue from inside the tooth. The dentist cleans out the infected pulp in the tooth’s root, fills the space with a material called gutta-percha, and seals the area. Once completed, a dental crown often covers the tooth for added strength and protection.
Why Would I Need a Root Canal?
One of the common questions we hear is “When should I get a root canal?” Dentists typically recommend a root canal when an infection enters the root area below the tooth’s surface. The infection damages the blood vessels and nerves in the tooth’s pulp. The patient may experience severe pain, lingering sensitivity to hot or cold, darkening of the enamel, swollen gums, or an abscess. Patients may need a root canal for a severely decayed tooth or a cracked or chipped tooth.
How Long Do Root Canals Last?
Root canals have a high success rate, with many lasting a lifetime. With good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups, most patients can expect a root canal to last a minimum of 10 to 15 years. Including a dental crown as part of the root canal procedure creates added protection that may extend the lifespan.
What Do Root Canals Cost?
The cost of a root canal varies depending on several factors, like the tooth’s location, the type of anesthesia used, the number of appointments required, and whether the patient will also receive a dental crown.
We develop a custom treatment plan with cost estimates for each patient. We believe clear and accurate information helps patients make informed decisions.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Root Canals?
Yes! In most cases, dental insurance covers part of the cost of root canal therapy. Contact your insurance company to confirm the coverage included with your policy.
Can I Have a Second Root Canal on the Same Tooth?
Yes. In most cases, a patient can receive a second root canal in the same tooth. Each case is different. Working with an experienced dentist to determine whether a new root canal is the right course of action is vital.
A patient may need a second root canal if a new cavity or damage occurs with the tooth. Contact your dentist regarding the tooth’s health if you experience pain, extreme sensitivity, infection, or discoloration.
Are Root Canals Painful?
Most patients find the root canal procedure similar in discomfort to a filling. Anesthesia and expert dental care minimize the pain of a root canal. Many patients fear root canals because of a misinformed reputation that they are painful. However, resolving an infection improves your health and reduces the ongoing pain from the condition. Plus, waiting for treatment may result in extraction or the infection spreading.
Dental Restoration from Atlanta Smiles
Our expert dental team has vast experience restoring oral health with root canal therapy. We are happy to answer other questions you may have about root canals or the best treatment options for your overall wellness. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.