Severe tooth pain can be caused by many different oral issues like deep decay, an infection, or an injury. In order to save your natural tooth and relieve your pain, Dr. McCord may recommend a root canal procedure to clean out the affected tooth pulp. The Mint Dental Care team provides gentle root canal therapy to help restore your smile to full health.
The Root Canal Process
Before we start, we take X-rays of your mouth to make sure the pain you’re experiencing can be relieved with a root canal. Once you’re settled in the dental chair, we numb the immediate area thoroughly. You should only feel a little pressure while we work, so if you ever feel more than that, let us know. If you need additional sedation to stay relaxed while we work, we have that available. During the procedure, we remove the affected tooth material from inside the tooth’s root canals. We then fill the tooth with a medicated solution and seal it to keep out future bacteria. We recommend you have a crown placed after the root canal to give the tooth additional strength and protection.
Do You Need a Root Canal?
For us to determine if you need a root canal, we recommend you visit us for an exam and a set of X-rays. If you experience any of these symptoms, give us a call to schedule an appointment.
- Sudden or severe pain in an isolated area
- New tooth sensitivity to extreme temperatures
- Pain or severe discomfort when pressure is applied, like when you chew
- Tenderness or swelling of the gums
- Discoloration on a single tooth or isolated area of the gums
- Bad taste in your mouth
How Much Does a Root Canal Cost?
Dealing with a last-minute dental expense can put a strain on your budget, but we don’t want you to put off the care you need. One of our team members will go over your expected out-of-pocket costs before we begin your treatment. Mint Dental Care is an insurance-friendly office, and we’ll file and track claims for you. We also have financial options for our uninsured patients, including an in-house savings plan and CareCredit® patient financing. Let us help you fit quality dental care into your budget.