Ballston Dental Arts
900 N Taylor Street, Suite 150, Arlington, VA 22203
If the pulp or soft tissue in a tooth gets infected, becomes exposed because of decay or is injured, you’re likely to experience quite a bit of pain. It can even make chewing intolerable. Endodontic surgery or dental root canal treatment can provide relief by clearing out the affected tissue.
Infected or damaged pulp can’t repair itself. When you’re faced with extreme pain, you could have a tooth that needs root canal surgery. Some of the symptoms include:
The most-used endodontic therapy is a molar root canal. The procedure is effective for any affected teeth, including your front ones. If the treatment doesn’t succeed, an alternative therapy called an apicoectomy allows dentists to remove the root tip of the affected tooth. For children, a pediatric pulpotomy is an alternative that cleans diseased pulp but leaves the nerves intact.
In many cases, dental patients don’t need a special root canal dentist, formally called an endodontist. A general dentist can perform the procedure. You may only need an endodontist if your situation is complicated or if you need further treatment. Call us to schedule an appointment with a skilled dentist qualified to perform root canals.
The root canal procedure takes just one or two hours at our office. Below are the steps for the process:
A dental root canal may sound painful, but local anesthetic keeps you comfortable throughout the treatment. If you have tooth pain or other symptoms afterward, don’t put yourself at risk. Call our dentists for a follow-up and to get relief.
The root canal cost isn’t the same for everyone. The price depends on the severity of the damage, the preparation treatments needed, and whether or not seeing an endodontist is necessary. The number of roots that need to be cleaned affects the cost too. Front teeth tend to have only one root, so they’re cheaper to treat than molars that typically have four roots. Your out-of-pocket cost will be impacted by your insurance as well. Make an appointment so that we can assess your tooth and provide an estimate.