Restoring Your Tooth
Dr. Harris and Dr. Reynolds have been performing root canals for years as it is an essential restorative treatment. Root canals involve the removal of the pulp within a tooth following advanced decay. The treatment is done to save and restore your tooth.
Root Canals in Little Rock
When a tooth has experienced severe decay, it is necessary to perform a root canal. This restorative dental procedure saves your tooth from needing to be extracted. Root canals are one of the most common procedures, at over 14 million being performed each year.
Frequently Asked Questions About Root Canals (FAQ)
If you have been told you need a root canal, you likely have a lot of questions. Keep reading to learn more about root canals in Little Rock, or give us a call today.
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is needed due to an infection of the pulp of the tooth. This is typically due to severe decay, cracks, and trauma. The procedure involved removing the infected pulp before it can spread any further.
Signs You May Need A Root Canal
Only your dentist can diagnose whether or not you need a root canal. However, you will likely need one if your tooth becomes infected. Teeth infections are usually very painful. Other common symptoms include sensitivity, swelling, and discoloration of the tooth.
What Happens During a Root Canal?
Root canals are considered non-surgical treatments. Dr. Harris or Dr. Reynolds will start the procedure by numbing the area so that you won’t feel anything. You can opt to have laughing gas as well to help ease your nerves. Once the area is numb, the dentist will need to drill the tooth to remove the infected pulp. The dentist will ensure that all of the infection is removed before finally sealing the root and the tooth. In severe cases, another appointment may be required to provide the infection is completely gone.
What Happens After a Root Canal?
After the root canal, Dr. Harris or Dr. Reynolds works with you to decide on how to protect the tooth against further issues. It will be vital that you practice good oral hygiene going forward. Make sure to practice a good dental hygiene routine to prevent additional issues.
How Much Do Root Canals Cost?
Often insurances will help cover the cost of a root canal. A root canal is more expensive than a standard filling. The cost will depend on the severity of the infection. Having the root canal done will save you money in that it will help prevent the situation that you need an extraction or implant.
Call Us Today To Schedule Your Appointment
Root canals are common and, in most cases, successful. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, call us today.