Ask most people the dental procedure they’re most afraid of, and many will mention the root canal. Yet most people don’t understand what a root canal is. Lacking this knowledge, they build a picture in their head of what it means.
The reality is much less scary than you imagine. While a root canal does entail time in the dentist chair, you can get numb for the procedure, and it won’t hurt much afterward. Root canals don’t have to be worrisome. We evaluate patients for them almost every day at our Fountain Hills, Arizona, office, and we suggest you book an appointment to discuss what the procedure entails.
Recognizing an Infection
A root canal is designed to treat an infection of the pulp—the inner tooth and nerves. The pulp can become infected as a result of numerous causes, including untreated cavities or damage that develops after a break, chip, or injury. These nerves send signals to the brain to warn you of the infection that are translated as pain and sensitivity, which can make eating and normal activities difficult. Furthermore, if left untreated, an abscess may form, which can lead to more significant health problems and extreme discomfort.
Common symptoms of an infection may include:
- Sharp, intense pain
- Acute pain when biting
- Lasting discomfort after consuming hot or cold food
- Pressure and/or dull aching
- Swelling and tenderness in the surrounding gums
Why Do You Need Root Canal Therapy?
We perform root canals to treat pain stemming from the infection of the pulp. Often people experience pain when they need a root canal. By removing this problematic pulp, you eliminate the pain.
Root Canal Therapy
When you arrive for your initial consultation, Dr. Laskis will discuss the treatment plan with you so you understand the entire process. The procedure can be performed using local anesthetic or with sedation dentistry, depending on your needs and desires. During treatment, your doctor will eliminate bacteria, clear the infection, and sterilize the roots. After the infected pulp has been removed, a customized dental crown will be placed on your natural tooth to help protect the area from future decay, maintain strength and support, and restore the aesthetic appeal of your smile. Our crowns are comprised of the highest quality materials available, and they typically offer long-lasting, beautiful results.
How Much Does a Root Canal Cost?
This is one of the most frequent questions we hear at our Rio Verde, AZ-area office. Cost is a concern for many of our patients, so we help you plan for it. A root canal will often be covered in part by your insurance, though most plans do not cover the full cost of the procedure. You will be responsible for any out-of-pocket expense, which we will calculate for you.
Tooth pulp infections often come on fast, and so you may have little advance warning that you need a root canal. If you do not have the money set aside to handle such a situation, you can apply for long-term financing through our office. This allows everyone to access the high-quality medical care you need to keep your mouth healthy.
Why Choose Dr. Laskis and Parkview Dentistry for Your Root Canal?
The Fountain Hills area has many fine dentists, and Dr. Laskis stands out among her peers. She was voted a “Top Doctor” in the 2018 issue of Phoenix Magazine. This recognition acknowledges her dedication to her patients and to act fast in case of emergencies. Dr. Laskis believes you should treat the entire patient. She practices gentle dentistry, which emphasizes the comfort level of the people she treats. She considers her patients an extension of her own family, and that’s reflected in the way she gets to know them and their preferences.
Our entire team at Parkview Dentistry is dedicated to making your experience as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. We meet with you to discuss treatment options, and we don’t move forward with anything without your approval. We never pressure you into making a decision too quickly. You need all the time you want to go over your choices and ask us questions, which we encourage. Other benefits of working with us include:
- Experience: Dr. Laskis is a member of the ADA and Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
- Patience: We are trained to deal with nervous patients to make them feel more at home.
- Flexibility: We can make appointments based on your schedule
See what a difference a gentle dentist can make when getting a procedure such as a root canal. Let us assist you through this process, from the financial details to the post-procedure care guidelines.
If you have additional questions about root canal therapy or endodontics, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Laskis, please contact our office today.Back To: Endodontic Care