Root canal treatments consist of three major steps:
Inside each of your teeth is the pulp. The pulp provides nutrients and nerves to the tooth. When the pulp gets infected or injured, natural bacterias in your body will feed off the dead tissue in the root. Root canals are the removal of the pulp in order to avoid this, the chronic pain, infection, and potential loss of the tooth altogether.
Pulp Removal & Replacement
During your root canal, our dentists will remove the pulp, clean out the interior of your tooth to eliminate any bacteria build-up, and replace the pulp with a rubber compound called gutta percha. This helps prevent bacteria from causing infection inside the tooth. The tooth is then capped with a temporary filling which will need to be replaced after the root canal is completed.
Without the pulp, your tooth will no longer receive the nutrients it needs. It may become weak or change color. Your Tanty Family Dental specialist will place a crown on the tooth to improve its durability and restore its natural white color.
Root Canal vs Dental Implant
Root canal treatments and tooth extractions are both common procedures for treating deep tooth decay. It’s best to consult with your dentist when deciding which procedure is right for you. Root canals are often recommended to preserve as much of the original tooth as possible while relieving discomfort. Contrary to popular belief, the procedure is entirely painless thanks to local anesthesia.
When a tooth has become too damaged or decayed for a root canal, it must be removed entirely. After a tooth has been extracted, it is common to replace it with a dental implant. Implants are installed with a post into the jawbone. The bone must heal around the post before a crown may be installed. The healing process is longer compared to a root canal and can take several months.
How much does a root canal cost?
The cost of a root canal depends on the location of the infected tooth and the difficulty of accessing it.
- On average, a root canal treatment will cost $500 to $1,200. Most of the time patients can return to work or school the same day.
How much does a tooth extraction and implant cost?
The cost of a tooth extraction and implant again depends on the location of the infected tooth and the difficulty of accessing it. This type of procedure is more involved and typically takes three visits: one for extraction, one to install the implant post and a third to install the crown.
- Extracting a tooth costs an average of $75 to $650 and will require a minimum of 10 weeks of recovery.
- A dental implant costs around $2,500 to $5,000 and usually requires 3 to 6 months of recovery between installing the post and crown.
Root Canals & Implants: Final thoughts
A root canal is faster and less expensive than extracting a tooth and installing an implant, but this may not always be the best option. The friendly staff at Tanty Family Dental is happy to walk you through all your dental options. Modern technology and old-fashioned care help ensure a pain and anxiety-free visit to the dentist. Contact us to schedule an appointment with the best dental restoration clinic in Waukesha County.
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