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You should never ignore a toothache. If you’re in pain, call our office to see if you need a root canal. We have an endodontist on staff who can eliminate the pain and save the tooth from needing to be extracted.
Endodontists are root canal specialists. After completing dental school, they continue through an additional two or more years of advanced education in endodontics. The term comes from the Greek word “endo” which means inside and “dontic” which means tooth. Endodontists study root canal procedures and techniques in great detail so they can diagnosis and treat more difficult cases. General dentists frequently refer their patients to our endodontist at G&G Dental Associates when a root canal is needed.
When Is a Root Canal Needed?
The enamel, which is the outer covering of the tooth, can become severely decayed, chipped or cracked, allowing bacteria to reach the soft pulp inside the tooth. Once the pulp is infected, it can cause a painful toothache. A root canal treatment, also known as root canal therapy, is used to eliminate infection from the pulp of a tooth. The pulp area runs from the center of the tooth down through the roots. Root canal therapy is a widely used method to preserve a patient’s teeth and save them from extraction.
You may need a root canal in Tamarac if you have:
- a sharp pain when biting
- pain severe enough to wake you up at night
- extreme tooth sensitivity
- a deep cavity
- severe gum swelling around the tooth
- a discolored tooth
Typically, your general dentist will see you first and determine if you need a root canal. Then the dentist will refer you to our endodontist for treatment.
Does a Root Canal Hurt?
Dentistry has changed for the better over the years. You’ll be happy to know that a modern-day root canal is not painful. Call our endodontist at G&G Dental Associates today to see if root canal treatment is needed to eliminate your toothache and save your natural tooth. The phone number is (954) 246-4835.
How Much Does a Root Canal Cost?
The cost of a root canal in Tamarac varies. It depends on the complexity of the procedure. A root canal on a front tooth is cheaper than a root canal would be on a back tooth because the back teeth, called molars, have more root canals.
Your dental insurance typically covers some of the root canal. To find out what your total cost will be, call our office at (954) 246-4835 to schedule a consultation.
What Should I Expect After a Root Canal?
Once a root canal and crown are complete, the tooth is restored to normal. Because the tooth was not extracted and is no longer in pain, it should be easier to chew, to speak, and to smile. The best news of all is that the toothache caused by the infection will be completely gone.
Teeth that are restored using root canal treatment generally last for a very long time when maintained with proper dental hygiene. Call G&G Dental Associates today to inquire how a root canal treatment could help you.