Root Canal Therapy:
Often, patients are nervous about root canals. However, we at Rosenberg Family Dentistry do our best to make sure you feel comfortable with your root canal treatment in St. John or Great Bend, Kansas. If you do feel anxious and would like to visit with Dr. Joe Rosenberg before your root canal, reach out to our office. We can arrange for a consultation with our dentist.
Commonly called a root canal, root canal treatment is a type of endodontic therapy that is often recommended if the tooth pulp and nerves become infected or damaged. This may occur if injury or decay reaches deep into the tooth, past the outer enamel layer. When left untreated, this type of infection and disease may cause the tooth to die and necessitate tooth extraction. To restore the health of the tooth and avoid the need for extraction, our skilled dentist will remove the infected and injured tissues from within the tooth, clean the tooth and fill it with a medicated material. We will then cap the tooth with a restoration, such as a dental crown, to return the tooth to its original shape and structure. In most cases, a root canal can be completed in only one or two comfortable visits to our office.
Root canal treatment has a reputation for being a painful treatment. In reality, however, root canal treatment can often be completed with minimal discomfort thanks to advanced techniques, tools and anesthesia. Our dentist and entire team work hard to provide you with a pleasant and comfortable experience each time you visit our office. To learn more about root canal treatment, we welcome you to contact us today. We are committed to restoring your smile’s health.
What is a root canal?
As tooth decay advances, it will eventually reach the nerves in the root of your tooth, called the pulp. When this happens, you’ll start to feel some sensitivity in the tooth, if not an outright toothache. Left untreated, this can turn into an abscess or damage the tooth to the point of extraction.
A root canal removes the cavity and infected pulp (and the pain). A tooth can happily survive without the pulp, making a root canal a great way to keep your tooth and restore function to your smile.
Root canals may also be necessary to treat a cracked tooth or issues from a previous filling or crown.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How long does a root canal take?
A root canal typically takes about 60-90 minutes. It’s also possible your treatment will be divided into two separate appointments. We’ll let you know what to expect when you schedule your service.
Does dental insurance cover root canal treatment?
In our experience, many dental insurance providers cover up to 50% of the cost of a root canal. We recommend that you consult your policy to understand the exact percentage covered. Please contact us to confirm that we accept your plan.
Does getting a root canal hurt?
We carefully numb your entire mouth before we begin treatment. You may feel some pressure, but no discomfort. We’ll help you relax throughout your appointment and outline post-op instructions to ensure your comfort, too.