A root canal is a common dental procedure but one that patients have a lot of questions about! This is understandable. One of the most common symptoms associated with the need for a root canal is pain.
It can be overwhelming to be in pain and need a scary sounding dental procedure performed. Don’t worry. Find yourself a dental specialist in root canals that you trust, who makes you feel comfortable, and who is willing to answer all of your questions.
Our dental team gets a lot of root canal questions! While you can always contact our office for more information, below we’ve covered some of the most common root canal questions so you can get answers fast.
A root canal is a fairly routine dental procedure done in most dental offices, like getting a filling, and can be performed in about an hour in most cases by an experienced root canal doctor. A difficult root canal, like a molar, may take an hour and a half to up to two hours. A Front tooth root canal is easier than molar root canals because they only have one nerve as opposed to 3 or 4.
With a root canal xray a dentist can determine how many nerves are in the tooth and should be able to tell you how long the procedure will take. Do you want to know how long your procedure will take? Send us an xray for a free consultation and time estimate! Text it to 301-424-2030
The costs of a root canal vary from person to person, based on how much work is needed to be done. The root canal cost is also different based on which tooth is needing the procedures. Most root canals can be performed for around $1,000, with the range going from $500 to $2,000.
A root canal front tooth is easier and cheaper than a root canal on a molar. A molar root canal has 3 nerves where the front tooth has only 1 or sometimes 2. Therefore, it is a quicker procedure and less expensive.
How Long Does a Root Canal Take to Heal?
For most patients, a root canal will fully heal within a few days. The numbness after the procedure will last for a few hours, though the discomfort isn’t often great. It can be nice to take the rest of the day off, but many patients return to work after a root canal procedure.
After the numbness fades away, the area may feel sore. This typically passes after a couple days.
If your root canal tooth hurts years later then you may have an infected root canal. It may be time to remove the tooth.
Do you have a regular dentist? One of the first ways to find a root canal specialist near you that you can trust is to check with the dental team you already know and have trusted with your health. Do they have experience performing root canals?
If not, ask your trusted local friends and family if they have recommendations. Then, turn to the internet. Check the specialist’s website to be sure they seem professional. Then, visit their office. The most important thing when trusting any professional with your health is that you feel comfortable and that you are in good hands.
If you are asking this question, you very well may! Are you in a great deal of pain? Then you probably want to have this taken care of right away. You may also need an emergency root canal if there is a bad infection that could get worse. The best way to know if you need an emergency root canal is to contact a root canal specialist near you as soon as possible.
What are the signs of a root canal?
- Tooth pain
- Gum swelling
- A gum pimple or fistula is present
- Bad taste in mouth
- Loose tooth
With a properly fitted crown or other means of reinforcement for the tooth, a root canal often lasts approximately 10 to 30 years.
However, if you have failed root canal then you may need a root canal removal dentist. Our dentists are specially trained to handle the removal of root canal teeth which can be significantly harder than live teeth. Why? Because root canal teeth are weak and brittle and fracture into pieces. With precise care we are usually able to get these teeth out in one piece.
Is It Safe To Be Eating After Root Canal Procedures?
After your root canal, your mouth may be numb from the anesthetic used during the procedure. This can last for several hours. Your dentist will advise you to wait to eat until after the numbness has fully passed so that you don’t risk injuring yourself while you eat. What can I eat after a root canal? Eat soft foods and try to chew on the other side for a few days. The new root canal tooth may be sore, like a bruise, for a while. In 2 days you can try to chew on the root canal tooth to see if it’s stills sore. If not you should be good to go.
Be careful eating though because there may be a temporary filling after root canal on your tooth. Within 2 weeks you should have that filling changed to a permanent filling or a tooth crown.
Sometimes! The role of a dental crown is to reinforce the structure of the tooth so it remains healthy and further infection is prevented. While there may be other means of reinforcement in some cases, many patients will need a crown after root canal procedure as it is usually the best form of reinforcement. Your root canal and crown are working together to prevent future pain or damage to your tooth. Do you need a crown after a root canal? On back molars, yes. Often on other teeth in the front of your mouth you can usually get away with just a filling.
What Are the Signs You Need a Root Canal?
Are you in pain? Has there been any swelling around your gums? When you eat cold or hot food, is there pain in your mouth? Does that pain linger after the cold or hot food is no longer in your mouth?
These are all common signs you may need a root canal. Only a dental exam will be able to give you a complete answer on whether that’s the right procedure to handle your dental health.
Your dentist will perform a thorough exam. To check your options, a root canal x ray will be performed to give your dentist a clear look at what’s happening.
Can I Get A Root Canal on Front Tooth?
Yes, a root canal on your front tooth is an option if that tooth is causing you problems. While there may be more considerations made to keep your smile looking great when you’re having a root canal on front tooth performed, this is still a strong option to end your dental health problems and keep your smile looking great with all of your natural teeth.
If a root canal is possible, this is going to be the best treatment for most patients. Why? Because a root canal preserves the natural tooth.
The best alternative to root canal procedures is tooth extraction. Afterward, the natural tooth can be replaced with a dental implant or bridge in order to gain back the smile, improve the ability to eat and talk, and to keep your other teeth from shifting into the gap created by the extraction.
When it comes to extraction vs root canal, the end results are preferable. A root canal can also be handled in one or two visits to the dentist. The most expensive, but nicest, alternative to root canals are an extraction plus a dental implant. This may take many visits to the dentist office but the tooth can be removed and the implant placed on the same day.
Root Canal or Extraction Options
A root canal is a simple procedure that is a lot like getting a filling or any other dental procedure. However if you have a root canal failure then extraction may be your only option. When we compare root canal vs extraction, a tooth extraction is also fairly simple. However, the tooth replacement adds another layer.
A bridge may be a simpler alternative to a root canal, but a dental implant is a more permanent and natural looking solution. If you’re considering a root canal vs implant option, the root canal is going to allow you to keep your natural tooth and be much simpler in the long run. Also, when weighing your options for a root canal or implant, you should know that a dental implant is one of the more expensive dental procedures performed. They are a great solution to tooth loss! But they are not the easiest or least expensive solution to tooth pain.
When a root canal failure happens it is more than likely that the tooth is doomed. Root canal retreatments are highly unsuccessful, therefore, instead of wasting money on a re root canal procedure you may opt to remove your tooth. A failed root canal tooth is laden with bacteria and should be considered for tooth removal to fully get rid of the bacteria.
A properly fitted dental crown can last a long time. However, if a tooth is weakened, fractured, or otherwise injured again, it is entirely possible for a crown to fall off. You should contact your dentist immediately to have the situation examined to prevent future problems.
What Are The Signs of Infection After Root Canal?
Pain, swelling, or a discharge around the tooth are all common signs of infection after a root canal. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should contact your dentist immediately. You want to avoid the infection becoming worse and taking longer to heal or developing complications.
A failed root canal is the reason you may need root canal retreatment. In most cases, around 95% in fact, root canals successfully end the problems and pain for patients. However, there are cases where a root canal failed. Why would a failed root canal happen? Often this is because something new has happened to damage the area, for example, a tooth fracture, new decay in the tooth, or a loose crown. In these situations, new infection occurs to new canals in the tooth and a root canal retreatment is needed.