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Have you been experiencing pain when you chew or sensitivity to hot and cold? If your jaw is swollen and painful to touch, you may be suffering from an abscessed tooth. Other symptoms include swollen lymph nodes, tooth discoloration, drainage, or sores in gum tissue. Unfortunately, if the nerve has died, there may be no outward symptoms for some time, but that does not necessarily mean the infection died with it. Your Surrey dentist can determine if root canal treatment is right for you.
Once the pulp of a tooth becomes infected, the nerve structure will die in time. When this occurs, pain and swelling often follow. A root canal becomes the best option for many Surrey residents to preserve their natural tooth structure.
A root canal begins much like the regular filling of a cavity with a local anesthetic. As long as the tooth is properly anesthetized, the root canal treatment is virtually painless. The roots are cleared of infection, decay, and all nerve tissues. Once the tooth is prepared, it is filled with gutta-percha to seal out fluids to prevent future infection. The core is built up to strengthen the tooth from within, and a crown is custom-made to look and feel like the natural tooth it is now fortifying.
According to the Academy of General Dentistry, the skill of your endodontist comes into play, so you are one of the 95 percent of patients who experience successful root canals. You should also take into consideration that tooth extraction can lead to tooth replacement costs and a possible need for orthodontic treatment to gain the lost space down the road. Root canal therapy is meant to save teeth and allow healing.
Root canal cost is often an inhibitive factor in dental care. At Floss Dental, we want our patients to get the dental care they need, when they need it. Most insurance plans cover a percentage of endodontic procedures, but we aim to make it even easier for our patients by offering two flexible financing options.
If you suspect your toothache has progressed beyond the point of a simple filling, please contact us at Floss Dental to discuss root canal treatment as an endodontic treatment option. Feel free to call us directly at 778-565-3368 or use our online form.