Before the root canal begins, the dentist will numb the patient’s teeth and gums with a local anesthetic, as well as nitrous oxide gas for further patient comfort and relaxation if needed.
Once the patient is prepared, we will carefully remove the pulp from the decayed tooth, both the visible portion of the tooth and the root below the gum line.
After the tooth is removed, Dr. Cantu will place a crown or filling material to strengthen and protect the treated tooth.
After the root canal treatment, the patient’s lips and gums will remain numb for a few hours, but the patients will be able to drive and leave to recover at home. If the patient is feeling any pain after the procedure, they can take an over-the-counter painkiller, following the instructions on the label.
If we placed a temporary crown over the tooth, the patient will return after the permanent crown is created and sent back to the office. Dr. Cantu will then place the crown and check the fit.
The patient should return for annual dental exams and professional cleanings twice a year, or as recommended by our team.
The cost of the root canal will depend on how many teeth are being treated and where the teeth are located in the mouth.
The front teeth cost from $300 - $1,500, bicuspids cost from $400 - $1,800, and molars cost $500 - $2,000.
Additional costs may be added for emergency cases if the patient needs the same day or weekend root canal.
If a crown or other dental implant is used, that cost will be added to the patient’s total cost.