Depending on your condition, Dr. Furgurson or Dr. White may perform your root canal procedure in our Chapel Hill dentist office or refer you to a local endodontist for treatment.
A root canal is often thought of as being a dreaded, painful procedure. But, a root canal is often the best way to preserve a natural tooth and prevent further damage to your smile. We strive to make you as comfortable as possible during your treatment.
Root Canal vs Tooth Extraction
The best treatment choice will depend on your specific situation and circumstances, however, it is usually in the best interest of the patient to preserve the natural tooth through a root canal procedure or another treatment method. Tooth extraction due to damage or decay can have an effect on your overall dental health, especially if the tooth is not replaced promptly.
An extracted tooth should always be replaced as soon as possible to prevent neighboring teeth from shifting and to reduce the risk of bone loss, tooth decay, and gum disease.
The root canal procedure is typically completed during a single visit to our office. With the use of a local anesthetic, most patients experience minimal to no discomfort during their treatment. In many cases, the root canal relieves the pain of an infected or badly damaged tooth.
Root Canal FAQs
- What is a root canal?
- The term root canal refers to the interior of a tooth where the pulp and nerves are located. A root canal treatment is needed when a tooth is significantly damaged or has decay that extends into the pulp chamber. Tooth pain is usually the first sign patients experience, though a dentist can spot infection during routine examinations.
- How much does a root canal cost?
- Factors that go into determining the price of the root canal procedure include the extent of damage to the tooth and type of restoration needed (ex. dental filing vs. dental crown). Some dental insurance providers will pay for all or part of the cost of root canal therapy. Dr. Furgurson’s office staff will assist you with all billing and documentation for your insurance company to help maximize your benefits.