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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Root Canal FAQs
What is a root canal?
The term "root canal" actually refers to the area inside the root of your teeth that extends into the jawbone. This area is filled with pulp, which consists of connective tissue, blood vessels and nerves. Severe tooth decay can cause your tooth's pulp to become infected, and when this happens you will need a root canal treatment. During the procedure, your dentist will remove tooth enamel painlessly with our Solea laser and then remove the infected pulp before capping the tooth with a CEREC same-day crown.
When do you need a root canal treatment?
Root canal treatments are usually prescribed when a cavity extends too deeply into a tooth, causing the pulp within the tooth to become infected. Infections in tooth pulp can spread to the jaw, blood and the rest of the body. It's important for your overall health to get root canal treatment when prescribed by your dentist. At Tanty Family Dental, the treatment is quick and painless, and you'll likely be able to return to work or school the same day.
How long does a root canal treatment take?
The team at Tanty Family Dental is able to take care of your entire root canal procedure in-house. Many dental clinics will send you to a third party specialist for the procedure. At Tanty, we perform the procedure and create your new porcelain crown right here at our Waukesha dental clinic. The procedure can take 30-60 minutes for one tooth, and the crown-making process takes about an hour. You should expect to spend about 90 to 120 minutes total in the dentist's chair.
Does a root canal treatment hurt?
The procedure is entirely painless thanks to a local anesthetic. In fact, it is much more painful to your health to avoid the procedure and allow your tooth's pulp to get an infection that can spread to other areas of the body. Our same-day crown-making machine creates a crown in about an hour, so you won't have to have the area numbed longer than necessary.
How much does root canal treatment cost near Waukesha?
In Waukesha, root canal treatment costs around $500 to $1,200 on average. The true cost of your care depends on which tooth you need replaced and how difficult it is to access. Call us for a free phone consultation to discuss the cost of your treatment.
Can you eat after a root canal procedure?
After a root canal procedure, you can eat as soon as the adhesive has had a chance to fully cure and harden. In most cases, patients can expect the adhesive to fully cure by the time the local anesthetic wears off. Contact the friendly staff at Tanty Family Dental to find out more about how a root canal procedure might affect you.