A root canal is a treatment option for addressing tooth damage, infection, or severe trauma. Dr. Fedida will recommend a root canal to save natural tooth structure and avoid extraction whenever possible. This is a last resort treatment for the tooth. A root canal can support your long-term oral health and the structure of your natural bite, allowing you to keep your tooth in place.
Signs you may need a root canal include:
- Sudden or intense pain, either in one post or radiating into the jaw or sinuses.
- Change in the coloration of a tooth, often a grayish color.
- Increasing sensitivity to hot or cold.
What Is A Root Canal?
A root canal treats the part of the tooth that is not visible, providing the ability to remove infected tissue from within the enamel and tooth root to prevent tooth loss. Dr. Fedida accomplishes this by creating a small hole in the back of the tooth where he can access the interior pulp chamber and remove the infection. Once this is complete, the tooth root is cleaned out and refilled with a biocompatible material that will sustain the overall tooth structure. It is a common general dentistry procedure we complete in a single visit.
Today’s dental patients enjoy a root canal procedure that is less invasive and less painful, much like a tooth filling. Dr. Fedida will remove the infected material from the inside of the tooth to stop bacteria from spreading. He will then fill in any gaps with special dental material. Dr. Fedida is an experienced dentist and has helped many patients restore their dental health with a root canal.
Root Canal FAQs
Is a root canal painful?
We use a local anesthetic to fully numb the area so you are comfortable and also offer the option of dental sedation. Dr. Fedida will discuss your needs and concerns with the goal of ensuring your comfort and safety during the procedure. Once the root canal is complete, any pain you have been experiencing due to the infection will be gone.
How long does a root canal last in a tooth?
A tooth that has had a root canal can last for many years, even a lifetime with good oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist.
Is a root canal covered by dental insurance?
Our front desk staff will work with you to determine if your dental insurance benefits will cover any portion of a root canal procedure cost. We offer convenient payment options and financing to meet your needs.