Root canal therapy is a restorative dentistry procedure used to remove infected tooth pulp from the inside of your tooth and eliminate the source of your painful tooth infection. When your tooth enamel is damaged, usually due to an oral injury or tooth decay, oral bacteria can find their way into the pulp, which is filled with blood vessels and nerves. This causes serious pain and discomfort, and can eventually result in the death of the tooth if it is not treated.
The first step of a root canal is to clean your mouth and numb the site. Then, the damaged or infected pulp is removed through a very small hole. After this, Dr. Tran will use special dental tools to remove all of the infected material from your tooth and a special solution is used to eliminate bacteria.
Once the interior of the tooth has been completely cleaned and disinfected, it is filled with a special material called “gutta-percha,” which supports the tooth and replaces the missing pulp. Often, Dr. Tran will cover your tooth with a dental crown to prevent further damage.
The cost of a root canal varies based on your health, sedation requirements, the location of your tooth, the extent of damage, and a number of other factors. For an accurate estimate, we recommend scheduling a consultation with Dr. Tran at (858) 264-2555.
You will likely experience some discomfort and soreness in the treatment site after your procedure has been completed. However, you should be able to get back to your normal day-to-day life immediately after the procedure. Just use care when brushing and eating with the affected tooth. After about 3 days, most patients experience no more discomfort. If you are feeling pain and discomfort after 3 days, schedule a follow-up with Dr. Tran to ensure that there are no complications with your healing process.