Root Canals in Apex

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The Benefits of Root Canals

At Cardinal Family Dentistry

Root canals are minimally invasive and pain-free. They’re only about as invasive as a tooth filling.
Root canals are the best way to save your natural tooth if it’s been damaged by an impact injury or a tooth infection.
A root canal allows you to get relief from the pain and discomfort of a toothache in just one appointment.
How Does A Root Canal Work?

Root canals are designed to remove infected tooth “pulp”. The pulp rests underneath the outer layers of enamel and dentin, and contains nerves, supporting tissue, and blood vessels. If it becomes infected, the tooth essentially “rots” from the inside-out, which can cause serious pain and discomfort.

A tooth infection can be caused by tooth decay, or an impact injury that destroys the structure of the tooth. A root canal is used to remove infected pulp, and replace it with an inert material, saving the tooth.

What Can I Expect From The Root Canal Procedure?

The root canal procedure is very similar to getting a filling for a cavity. Dr. Barker will clean your tooth and isolate the area with a dental dam, then numb the area that will be treated.

Next, she will use a dental drill to make a small opening in the enamel of the tooth. Then, she will remove the infected pulp through this opening, and clean and disinfect the inside of the tooth.

After this, a material called “gutta percha” is used to fill the tooth and preserve its structure. When this is all complete, Dr. Barker will seal the opening with a filling or a temporary crown. A permanent crown will be placed at a later date.

How Do I Know If I Need A Root Canal?

Common signs of an infected tooth include:

Painful, throbbing toothache
Sensitivity to heat and cold
Change in appearance of tooth (grayish or discolored)
Gum irritation or discoloration around the affected tooth
Sensitivity when chewing, biting, or applying pressure to the tooth

If you recognize one or more of these symptoms, you may have an infected tooth. Immediate action is required to save it, call us today to schedule an appointment.

How Much Does A Root Canal Cost?

The cost of your procedure depends on the specifics of your case and how significant the damage is to your tooth and pulp, as well as the location of the tooth. However, the typical cost for a root canal is $700-$900. This may be different depending on your dental coverage, and the particulars of your oral needs.

Dr. Sarah Barker will be sure to give you an accurate quote for the cost of your procedure before we schedule your appointment.

Schedule Your Root Canal Appointment Now

If you are experiencing a serious toothache or suspect that you have an infected tooth, a root canal from Dr. Sarah Barker at Cardinal Family Dentistry can help save your tooth and get your smile back to health and happiness. Whether you’re in Apex, Cary, New Hill, or Holly Springs, we’re here to help.

Contact us now at (919) 589-5001, or come by our office at 1481 Chapel Ridge Road, Apex, NC 27502.

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