Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment can save an infected tooth from otherwise needing to be extracted—it’s a proven procedure that will leave your mouth healthy and strong while restoring its natural appearance.
Root Canal Treatment in Chelmsford
Root canal treatment removes bacteria from an infected or inflamed root canal to prevent reinfection and save the natural tooth. A tooth’s inner structure consists of a soft, delicate material called the pulp. This material is normally protected by the tough enamel material that surrounds it, but a potentially serious infection can occur if harmful bacteria are able to access the inside pulp. This happens occasionally due to deep cavities or unexpected injuries. During a root canal, the infected pulp is removed and the inside of your tooth is cleaned, filled, and sealed. If you don’t receive treatment, you could likely lose your tooth. Root canal treatment is a great solution to overcome a serious inner tooth infection.
We offer root canal treatment in Chelmsford, MA. Schedule a consultation online using the link below or call our office today.
How much does a root canal cost?
We aim to provide high-quality dental care that’s affordable for our patients in Chelmsford, MA. The cost of root canal treatment varies, depending on the location of the tooth needing treatment. Out-of-pocket cost for any procedure depends on your insurance coverage at the time of the procedure.
Root Canal Cost: $1,100-$1,600See All Office Fees
How do I know if my root canal is infected?
A patient suffering from an infected root canal will almost certainly recognize that there is something wrong. They will usually be in severe pain and will notice the following signs:
- Persistent pain in your gums, tooth, or jaw
- Inability to eat without discomfort
- Sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks
- Swollen and tender lymph nodes
- Bad taste in your mouth or bad breath
- Recurring abscesses on the gums or on the teeth
How do I know if I need a root canal?
Coursing through every tooth’s center is a vital bundle of nerves and blood vessels that provide nutrients and sensation to each tooth. As long as the tooth stays healthy, you’re rarely aware of the systems at work.
But pain rapidly changes your awareness in any part of the body. Tooth pain can be especially alarming, and it’s meant to warn you that something’s not right. Pain tells us that the bundle of nerves and vessels inside your tooth is irritated, damaged, or under attack.
A deep cavity can give bacteria access to the inner nerve bundle. A crack extending into the same region can create stress that will need additional care to relieve. In some cases, a significant infection may develop in your jaw without any symptoms at all. If your dentist determines that the nerve won’t recover or infection is present, then root canal treatment may be suggested.
What are alternatives to root canal treatment?
Most people facing root canal treatment are curious as to whether there are alternative procedures worth considering. Since endodontic therapy is considered a “last line of defense” for restoring your tooth, the only remaining options are to have your tooth extracted or wait until you’re in pain and have it removed at a later date. Unfortunately, with either of these options, you risk the infection spreading deeper into your face or adjacent teeth. Getting a root canal is the best possible solution.
If you opt to have your tooth extracted, there’s still the concern of replacing it as soon as possible. Otherwise, the extra space in your bite can throw off the alignment of your surrounding teeth. Two of the more common replacement options include a dental bridge or implant.
What are you waiting for?
At Drum Hill Dental, we believe in providing the best dental care at the most affordable prices. Make your next appointment using our easy online scheduling tool, contact our office if you have any questions, or explore all of the dental services we provide.