Days and nights of throbbing pain? You may need a root canal.
If you’re looking for a caring and compassionate dentist to perform your root canal, you’ve come to the right place. At Stephanie Murphy DDS, our restorative dentist is dedicated to helping you have a beautiful, healthy smile for life.
Root canal therapy comes with a serious upside: your dentist thinks your natural tooth can be saved. When you have the option to save your natural tooth, you should always make that your priority.
Why do I need a root canal?
When the inside of your tooth, the pulp, is infected and inflamed, your dentist at Stephanie Murphy DDS will often tell you that you need a root canal. If the pulp of your tooth is damaged due to inflammation and/or infection, avoiding a root canal can be detrimental to your oral health. If the infection is left untreated, it can lead to an abscess, which can cause severe periodontal disease and abscessed gums.
How do I know if I need a root canal?
There are a few symptoms that are tell-tale signs that you need a root canal, and they oftentimes include pain.
- Severe tooth pain
- Tooth discoloration
- Increased sensitivity
- Inflamed or redness in your gums
Because letting an infection progress untreated can be dangerous, call our dentists at Stephanie Murphy DDS today to schedule an appointment as soon as possible if you are experiencing any severe pain or inflammation.
Benefits of root canal therapy?
Needing a root canal really isn’t a bad thing. In fact, saving your natural tooth will help support long-term oral health, prevent bone loss, and stop the spread of infection, which can be painful and have serious consequences to your oral and overall health.
- Get rid of your pain
- Stop the spread of infection
- Benefit your overall oral health
- Avoid more costly restorative treatment
- Your tooth will look and feel like your natural tooth
What happens during a root canal procedure?
During a root canal, the pulp of your tooth will be removed, and your dentist will carefully clean and disinfect the inside of your tooth. After your tooth has been disinfected, it will be sealed up with a rubber-like material. This may take one or two visits to complete. Once this is complete, your dentist will restore your tooth with a crown or filling so your tooth is fully restored.
Are root canals safe?
Although the internet is riddled with sources that lead you to believe that this procedure is unsafe, when done properly by one of our expert dentists, a root canal is not only safe, but will save your natural tooth, which should always be your first choice.
How much does a root canal cost?
The cost of your root canal will depend on the severity of your infection and the location of the infected tooth. Although this procedure can appear costly, particularly when you factor in the restorative crown you will also need, it is a much more cost-effective alternative to letting the infection worsen and the subsequent extraction and procedures that will accompany it.
Most dental insurance plans will contribute to the cost of your root canal. If you are unsure what your insurance will cover, talk to our billing staff to get a realistic picture of your portion of the cost. We understand how important these procedures are to your oral health, your overall health, and your quality of life, and we are proud to offer alternative financing options. To help you get the care you need at a price you can afford.
Our dentists are committed to providing you will the highest quality care and comfort available. Nothing beats the look and feel of your natural tooth!