Brighton Dental Centre - Brighton

Root Canal in Brighton

Root canal treatments can be precise, swift, and largely free of discomfort, offering instant relief while preserving your natural tooth.
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Preserving Your Natural Tooth

Through a root canal procedure, the tooth’s pulp (the vital tissue within) is removed, and the cavity is filled with specialized, medicated dental materials to restore the tooth’s functionality. Root canal therapy not only extends the life of your natural tooth but also maintains the health of the jawbone and surrounding tissues. Opting to save your natural tooth can prevent further discomfort and reduce future expenses.

Indications that root canal therapy might be needed include:

  • Sensitivity to temperature changes.
  • Intense pain in the tooth.
  • Redness or swelling of the gums around the tooth.
  • A change in the tooth’s color.
  • The presence of an abscess (or pimple-like swelling) on the gums.

The Root Canal Treatment Process

A root canal treatment typically involves one to two visits to either a dentist or an endodontist.

Below is the process for conducting your root canal:

Initial Diagnosis and Planning

The process begins with an x-ray to examine the tooth and surrounding bone for the root cause of your discomfort. Your specialist might prescribe antibiotics to manage any infection and reduce inflammation. The pain associated with an abscess, often a significant discomfort during root canals, is due to infected swelling. Addressing this inflammation before the procedure can alleviate this pain factor.

Preparing the Tooth

To ensure your comfort, we meticulously numb the targeted area before applying a local anesthetic to your gums, teeth, and surrounding tissues. Your well-being is our priority. Once you are sufficiently comfortable, we create an access hole in the tooth to remove the pulp, bacteria, decayed nerve tissue, and debris.

Sealing the Tooth

If there’s a severe abscess, we might insert medication into the tooth to eliminate any remaining infection. Should the treatment span over multiple visits, a temporary filling is placed to protect the tooth. You might start feeling relief after this stage. The tooth is permanently sealed only after it is completely clean and free from infection.

Root Canal Pricing in Brighton

The cost for dental procedures can vary significantly, but opting for a root canal to save a tooth is generally more economical over time. For those with standard insurance coverage, the average out-of-pocket expense for root canal therapy ranges from $200 to $500+. We recommend an oral examination to provide a precise quote for your insurance, helping you understand your actual expenses. Without insurance, the treatment cost may fall between $600 and $1200+.

The reason for the broad cost range is due to several factors considered in our quotes for root canal therapy, including:

  • The infection’s severity.
  • The infection’s location in your mouth.
  • The health of adjacent teeth and gums.
  • Any complexities requiring additional time or specialized expertise. Given the variability of each case, it’s not possible to offer an exact quote without a personal consultation. Each patient’s situation is unique, necessitating a direct evaluation by a dentist to discuss all possible treatment options.

Alternatives to Root Canal Treatment An infection within a tooth poses a serious health risk and requires prompt attention. While some view root canal therapy as a necessary step to alleviate severe dental pain, it’s crucial for removing infections that could escalate into more serious, life-threatening conditions. We are committed to changing the perception of root canal therapy, emphasizing your comfort and peace of mind.

Should you suspect an infection but are hesitant about undergoing a root canal, we urge you to contact us regardless. We won’t proceed with any treatment without your informed consent and can explore alternative solutions aimed at resolving your infection effectively.

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Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.

Frequently Asked Questions

A root canal is a dental procedure used to treat infection at the center of a tooth (the root canal system). It involves removing the infected or damaged pulp, cleaning and disinfecting the inside of the tooth, and then filling and sealing it to prevent further infection.

Modern root canal treatment is generally no more painful than having a filling placed. Dentists use local anesthesia to numb the tooth and surrounding area, making the procedure relatively pain-free. Some discomfort or mild pain may be experienced after the anesthesia wears off, but this can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.

The duration of a root canal procedure can vary depending on the complexity of the case and the specific tooth involved. Generally, the treatment is completed in one to two visits, with each session lasting between 30 minutes to two hours.

Signs that you may need a root canal include severe toothache pain upon chewing or application of pressure, prolonged sensitivity or pain in response to hot and cold temperatures, discoloration of the tooth, swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums, and a persistent or recurring pimple on the gums.

Yes, a tooth that has had a root canal treatment can get infected again. However, this is rare if the treatment is performed properly. Reinfection can occur if the inner sealing materials break down over time, allowing bacteria to re-enter the tooth, or if a new decay or a cracked or loose filling compromises the seal. Regular dental check-ups and good oral hygiene can help prevent this.

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