If you’re experiencing any tooth pain, it’s important to see a dentist right away. They will be able to determine whether or not you need a root canal. Root canals are usually needed when the nerve of the tooth becomes infected. Root canals are usually recommended when the nerve of the tooth is infected, which can happen due to decay, a crack in the tooth or trauma. In some cases when the amount of tooth structure is too extensive, a crown is needed.
Some common symptoms that may indicate you need a root canal include:
– Severe toothache that doesn’t go away
– Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
– Swelling and tenderness in the gums
– A small bump on the gums near the affected tooth
If you have any of these symptoms, it’s important to see a dentist right away. If a root canal is needed , it’s important to get it done as soon as possible so the infection and damage to the tooth doesn’t progress. If the infection is left untreated, it could spread and lead to the loss of the tooth. In some cases, a root canal may be needed along with a crown. This is typically the case if the tooth is severely damaged or decayed.
Root canals are usually covered by dental insurance. However, depending on your plan, there may be some out-of-pocket costs. Our office manager can provide you with an estimate. The good news is that root canals are typically very successful. In most cases, the tooth can be saved and will function just like any other tooth. The root canal procedure has a high success rate. The root canal procedure when done properly results in successfully saving the tooth and allowing it to function like any other tooth. In the long run, getting a root canal is better than losing the tooth and facing the higher cost of a bridge or an implant, or worse an empty space where a tooth should be.
The only way to know for sure if you will need a crown with your root canal is to come to our office for an exam and x-rays. Dr. Smith will be able to assess if he can save enough natural tooth structure to avoid having to place a crown. He will be able to assess the infection and amount of decay with an x-ray and see the extent of the tooth decay to determine if it’s strong enough. Dr. Smith performs dozens of root canals every week and many are successful without the need for a crown.
At Highland Heights dental we provide both Cerec Same-day crowns as well as traditional crowns that take a couple of days for the dental lab to build to fit. Dr. Smith will recommend the appropriate crown to suit your needs and budget. Read more about the difference between traditional crowns and Cerec same-day crowns.
If you think you may need a root canal or just have questions about your teeth or have a worsening tooth ache, please call our office to schedule an appointment. Our team would be more than happy to help you determine if a root canal is the right treatment for your symptoms.