If you need a root canal procedure, Dr. Andrew Cobb will refer you to a local endodontist for treatment. Dr. Cobb’s role is to design and coordinate a treatment plan that will result in a long lasting, comfortable and natural looking restoration of your tooth.
Frequently Asked Questions About Root Canals
What is a root canal?
The term root canal is widely used to describe the root canal procedure, but in fact, every tooth has a root canal. A root canal treatment is needed when a tooth is damaged or has decay. When bacteria or infection is introduced in the root canal, it can cause pain, which is often the first sign that root canal therapy is needed.
Which is better: a root canal or a tooth extraction?
If you have tooth pain, the first step is to see a dentist for an evaluation. Dr. Cobb will examine the tooth to determine the source of the pain. In most cases, Dr. Cobb will support the decision to preserve the natural tooth either through a root canal procedure or other treatment method.
It is best to keep your original teeth whenever possible. A missing tooth almost always be replaced to prevent neighboring teeth from shifting and to reduce the risk of bone loss, tooth decay and gum disease.
How much does a root canal cost?
The cost of root canal therapy will depend on your specific circumstances. Factors that go into determining the price of the root canal 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.