FAQ About Endodontic Treatment

How do I justify the cost of root canal treatment?
The alternative is extraction and replacement of the tooth. You will lose an important member of the mouth, and the artificial substitutes never function as efficiently as the original tooth; and they usually cost more than root canal treatment with a filling or crown.

How long will the tooth last after root canal treatment?
Normally, the tooth lasts as long as the other teeth in the mouth provided that the patient is in good health and has the physiological ability to repair the damaged bone. The tooth must also have healthy fibers supporting the tooth in the bone.

If the untreated tooth is dead, why does it hurt so much?
Discomfort prior to treatment is a result of infection and inflammation of the nerve and surrounding bone and soft tissue. Once the offending nerve canal is cleaned and medicated, the pain will subside.

Can root canal infection always be treated successfully?
Unfortunately, no. Sharp curves due to unusual root growth and extremely narrow canals occasionally make instrumentation and medication impossible. Particularly virulent infections or a compromised healing potential can also decrease endodontic success.

What should I do after endodontic procedures are completed?
Frequently, teeth that have been endodontically treated require crowning or other restorations by your general dentist. Ask your endodontist for more details about the specific restoration planned for your tooth.