Initially infected root canals do not hurt, but allowing the infected canal to decay will most certainly hurt! If you wait too long, the severity of the infection will increase and the general dentist may not be able to anesthetize the tooth completely. However, if the root canal is done early, the procedure has the greatest possibility of success, with minimal pain.
Root canal treatment is necessary when the nerve of a tooth is contaminated or infected, resulting in decay. The decayed tooth allows bacteria access to the pulp (the living tissue inside the pulp) of the tooth. Such damage may result from just bumping into someone, an accident, or even teeth clenching and grinding. If the tooth is infected, Dr. Soheyla Marzvaan, our Ladera Ranch dentist, will remove the infected nerve and destroy the propagating bacteria under a root canal procedure.
In order to save the tooth, the pulp, nerves, bacteria, and any decay are removed. The resulting space is filled with medicated (antimicrobial) dental materials which restore the tooth to its full function. A root canal treatment is highly successful and usually lasts a lifetime, although on occasions a tooth will have to be retreated due to new infections. However people who clench and grind teeth will have a higher failure rate and longer healing time after the root canal treatment.
Signs and symptoms for possible root canal therapy:
Cost of Root canal treatment
Root canals can be done in one to two 1-hour long sessions at our Ladera Ranch dentist office. The complexity depends on the amount of infection and the extent of damage. Root canals can range between $900- $1500 per tooth. Dr. Marzvaan has a wealth of experience when it comes to root canals so her patients in Orange County trust her to take care of them.
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