what is a root canal?
When detected early, tooth decay and damage can often be addressed with a filling or other restorative dentistry procedure. However, when bacteria spread deeper into a tooth and infect the inner portion (pulp), a root canal may be needed to save the tooth. A common endodontic treatment, root canal therapy at Cranston Dental Group removes the damaged pulp from the tooth, sanitizes the internal areas, and then uses a special material to strengthen the tooth from within.
Though root canals are a common dental treatment, patients often put off going to the dentist to address tooth pain because of anxiety and fear. Our highly trained practitioners will do their very best to make sure you are at ease and get the care you need for a healthy smile. If you are in the Cranston or Warwick, RI area and have tooth pain, an infected tooth, or other symptoms, contact our team right away to learn about your treatment options.
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who is a good candidate for root canal treatment?
An infection that reaches the pulp of a tooth might be caused by a deep crack, an extensive cavity, or physical trauma to a tooth. Some of the most common signs of an infected or internally damaged tooth include:
- Toothache or pain
- Swelling or discoloration of the gums
- Darkening of the tooth
- Blister-like bump on the gums
- Pain upon biting down
- Temperature sensitivity
- Feeling of pressure in the jaw
If the infected pulp is not removed, the infection could spread into the underlying bone, causing further oral damage and discomfort. Seeking timely professional care is important both for saving your tooth and for reducing the risk of oral infection further impacting your health.
How Is a Root Canal Performed?
At Cranston Dental Group, we always put our patients' comfort and care first. Throughout your visit, our compassionate team will work to ensure you remain comfortable and at ease so that you can get the treatment you need in peace. Before getting started, our experienced dental team will numb your tooth and surrounding area with a local anesthetic. We will then access the inner chamber of your tooth by creating a small opening in the chewing surface and will extract the affected pulp. We will thoroughly clean the inside of the empty chamber and canals of the tooth roots to remove any remaining debris. To finalize the therapy, we'll place a special material inside to strengthen the tooth and a sedative filling to allow healing to begin.
what should i expect after root canal treatment?
Your mouth may feel tender or swollen following a root canal, but these symptoms are minor and can be treated with anti-inflammatory medications. As your tooth heals, any toothache or pain caused by the infection should start to subside, providing you with relief. Our team will let you know when to schedule a follow-up visit so that we can check your healing. In many cases of root canal-treated teeth, we recommend placing a dental crown over the tooth to protect the tooth structure from further damage. Cranston Dental Group is pleased to offer custom, same-day CEREC crowns and other high-quality options to restore both appearance and function to your smile after endodontic care.
is root canal treatment covered by insurance?
Endodontic therapy, such as root canals, may be covered in part by a number of dental insurance plans. To help maximize your coverage, our insurance coordinator will review your benefits before calculating any out-of-pocket costs. Cranston Dental Group wants every patient to receive the treatment needed for a healthy smile. We proudly accept a convenient selection of payment options for any personal expenses and can help you apply for special patient financing.
improve Your oral health
When you or a family member has tooth pain, a tooth infection, or suffers damage to a tooth, a root canal may be necessary to reestablish oral health. Our team of dental professionals at Cranston Dental Group has decades of experience in performing root canal therapy and can quickly provide this treatment to meet your treatment needs, even if you require emergency dental care. For more information on root canal therapy and how to improve your dental health, contact our Cranston, RI dental practice today.