A root canal is a routine dental procedure whereby a dentist removes the diseased pulp from a tooth, cleans out the tooth, and disinfects it. This procedure can save an abscessed or infected tooth from extraction.

For patients experiencing extreme tooth pain, a root canal is often recommended. Many patients tend to avoid root canals because of the misconception that they involve lengthy, multiple visits. With modern dental technology, however, we can typically perform this procedure in just a single visit. 

Root canal therapy is recommended when the inner pulp of the tooth becomes inflamed or infected. This can result in severe tooth pain, putting pressure on the surrounding teeth and jawbone.

Root Canal Therapy Procedure

At College Family Dentistry, a root canal procedure requires a single appointment. First, the Dentist in Baton Rouge, LA will administer local anesthesia and make an opening in the tooth to access the pulp. Then, the dentist will clean out the pulp and disinfect the inside of the tooth. The tooth’s root canals are then filled with a rubber-like substance called gutta-percha. This material seals the root canal and strengthens it.

After the root canal is finished, a temporary filling may be placed. This protects the tooth until it is restored with a crown or filling. A crown is recommended to extend the life of your tooth.

When Is Root Canal Therapy Necessary?

A root canal is necessary when the pulp, or the soft tissue inside the root canal, becomes inflamed or infected. During this procedure, the dentist removes the inflamed or infected pulp. Once the area is free of infection, the root canal is filled and sealed and the tooth is restored with a dental crown.

Is a Root Canal Painful?

A root canal procedure should not cause pain. Root canal therapy is designed to save the natural tooth by removing infected tissue. Before the procedure, the dentist will numb the area with a local anesthetic. A root canal takes about an hour. During the procedure, our experienced dentist removes the damaged dental pulp and seals the tooth. Afterward, your tooth may feel sensitive for a few weeks. This discomfort can be relieved with over-the-counter or prescription pain medication.

Root canal therapy is a procedure with a very high success rate. It helps relieve pain and improve your overall oral health by eliminating the infection and preventing tooth loss. 

Is a Root Canal Procedure Expensive?

Root canal therapy is an affordable procedure. Many dental insurance plans cover root canal therapy, and our office accepts all dental plans. If you don’t have dental insurance, you can talk to our team about alternative payment options.

Root canal therapy is less expensive than extracting the tooth and replacing it with an implant and crown.

To find out more about the dental services we offer at College Family Dentistry, call (225) 926-4640 or schedule a consultation online. You can also visit us at 4616 Concord Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA 70808.

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Baton Rouge, LA 70808

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