Root Canals

At Turlock Dental Care our goal is to always try and save your natural tooth. We only resort to extraction if absolutely necessary. When choosing to have a root canal versus a tooth extraction it is important to know the benefits of trying to save your natural tooth.

Choosing a Root Canal vs. Extraction

  
A root canal is needed when a patient has an infection in the pulp area of the tooth. A tooth infection must be treated promptly to avoid complications, an abscess, or tooth loss. At Turlock Dental Care our goal is to always try and save your natural tooth. We only resort to extraction if absolutely necessary. When choosing to have a root canal versus a tooth extraction it is important to know the benefits of trying to save your natural tooth.

  
Root canal treatment can rid you of tooth pain, and restore your tooth back to a healthy condition. Typically, a crown is placed on top to seal the area and protect your tooth. Root canals treat and clean out the infection in the pulp area, maintain root support to prevent adjacent teeth from moving, and preserve your natural teeth. Extractions can also remove the infected tissue and tooth, but if you do not replace the tooth after an extraction, there is a risk of bone and structure loss. Adjacent teeth may move out of place once the tooth is removed, and this can cause functional issues with biting, eating, and speaking.

  
At Turlock Dental Care we provide a detailed exam and consultation to determine the severity of the infection and create a customized treatment plan. Saving your natural tooth with root canal therapy is always the best option unless the tooth is so decayed or damaged there is no option for saving it. Talk to one of our representatives today to find out more, and to see if you are a good candidate for root canal therapy.

Do I Need a Crown After a Root Canal?

  
Typically, crowns are placed after a root canal to help protect the natural tooth underneath and restore the tooth’s function. A root canal helps to clear out any infection in the pulp area of the tooth. If the natural tooth is not covered with a crown, there is a chance that the tooth can deteriorate or weaken.

  
Placing a crown is a good option to help protect the tooth from falling apart especially if it is a back molar. Crowns can help correct discolored teeth and are made to match the size, shape, and color of your natural teeth. They are durable and blend in nicely with your natural teeth.

  
Part of our evaluation process at Turlock Dental Care is to determine the severity of the infection and discuss the options available with our patients. We want you to understand why a crown may be necessary after a root canal, so you are aware of what is required before you schedule your procedure. At Turlock Dental Care we provide quality dental care you can trust and want all of our patients to have a positive experience and leave with a happy and healthy smile.

Are You In Need of a Root Canal In Turlock, CA?

  
If you are experiencing pain or symptoms of needing a root canal, we encourage you to contact Turlock Dental Care. Teeth that are infected or inflamed should always be treated right away to avoid complications. Our doctors have years of experience in root canal therapy and can help restore your smile, relieve pain, and get you back to feeling great again.

  
Call Turlock Dental Care today, and speak to our friendly staff to schedule your appointment.

Root Canal FAQs

How much does a root canal cost?

Root canals can vary in cost depending on the tooth. Molars are more expensive than other because of their location. Generally, a root canal costs between $700 - $1500.

Do I need a crown after a root canal?

A crown may be necessary after a root canal, but not always. Depending on how much of the healthy tooth is remaining after the root canal, a crown may be used to protect the tooth to prevent infection and decay.

How long does a root canal last?

In a study of nearly 500,000 root canals, 86 percent of root canals lasted 10 years or longer. The longevity of a root canal ultimately comes down to a number of factors like timing of treatment, location of the tooth, patient age and more.

How long does the root canal procedure last?

Root canal therapy may require one or two appointments. These appointments are about 30-60 minutes long, but can last longer for larger teeth like molars.

How urgent is a root canal?

Root canals can fall under emergency dentistry if they are serious enough. Tooth infections are extremely painful, and if left untreated for too long, can lead to serious complications including losing the tooth.

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