During a root canal, your dentist will remove the infected pulp, clean the area, and seal it back up. Because the procedure only involves local anesthesia, you can drive home afterwards. Nitrous oxide, also popularly referred to as “laughing gas,” is available, but may not even be necessary. More than one visit may be necessary depending on a case by case basis, but the rate of success is very high: about ninety percent. However, if your tooth cannot be restored using such treatment, you can discuss other options with your dental team. After your root canal, your dentist will keep a record of the procedure on file for future reference, and may schedule a follow-up appointment for restoration in order to decide which method will be best for protecting the tooth. Although complications are rare after a root canal, a qualified dentist will be well-prepared and able to address any problems.
The price of the procedure will vary based on factors, such as damage severity and the actual tooth being treated. Although it tends to be inexpensive compared to the process of removing and replacing the tooth, costs should be discussed with your dental team in order to determine a payment option. In order to maintain the results of a root canal, it is important to maintain good oral hygiene. By brushing your teeth properly at least twice a day, flossing daily, and limiting your intake of sugary foods, you can keep your teeth strong and healthy after a root canal procedure. Because the pulp can become infected from trauma and injury, it’s important to protect your teeth during sports or other high impact activities. Although good oral hygiene may not always prevent the need for a root canal, it can precent some of the causes of pulp infection and decay.