Root Canal Therapy

Many people think that root canals are something to fear, but that’s a common misconception. At Riccobene Associates Family Dentistry, we perform gentle root canal therapy that relieves discomfort and pain caused by severe tooth infection. With technological advancements in the field of dentistry, root canal therapy is more comfortable and stress-free than ever before! We understand that you might have some questions concerning your upcoming root canal and want to put your mind at ease.

  • There are a variety of situations that may require the need for a root canal. When you visit our office for a consultation, we'll thoroughly examine your tooth, take X-rays, and assess if root canal therapy is right for you.
  • Once Dr. Riccobene has determined that you're in need of a root canal, we'll use local anesthetic to thoroughly numb the area around your tooth before proceeding. Then, we'll make a small hole in the top of your tooth to access and remove the pulp and decay.
  • Then, we'll use an endodontic file to remove the damaged pulp and bacteria from inside your tooth's canals. With the anesthetic and sedation (if needed), the most you will feel is slight pressure during this step of the procedure.
  • When we finish cleaning out the inside of your tooth, we'll use a common dental material called gutta percha to tightly seal your canals. Gutta percha will help to prevent bacteria from entering and clogging your root canals in the future.
  • After we place the gutta percha, we'll use a tooth-colored filling to seal the opening and center of your tooth. If necessary, we may also place a post in the canal to help anchor the filling to the tooth for additional support and stability.
  • If needed, we may top your tooth with a dental crown. A dental crown can support, protect, and preserve your weak tooth after the root canal procedure is complete. Crowns are made to match the look of your natural teeth, so they will blend in seamlessly with your smile.


When Is a Root Canal Necessary?

When a tooth is severely damaged or infected, root canal treatment can alleviate the pain by removing the pulp inside the tooth. Common signs that indicate a possible need for a root canal are:

  • Appearance of an abscess on gums
  • Sharp tooth pain from chewing or biting down
  • Swollen, tender gums.
  • Throbbing, persistent tooth pain
  • Tooth discoloration

What aftercare instructions should I follow?l

For a couple of days after your root canal, your tooth may be a little sensitive. This temporary discomfort can be easily managed with over-the-counter pain medications. We recommend that you follow a soft food diet and avoid any food or liquid that is extremely hot or cold. After your treatment, you can continue your oral health routine as usual, but be gentle as the area may be sensitive.

What symptoms can I expect after my root canal?

You may experience some tenderness, swelling, or even a bad taste or smell in your mouth. However, these symptoms are temporary and should only last a few days. Call us right away if you experience any of these symptoms a week after your procedure.

How much does root canal therapy cost?

The cost of root canal therapy depends on a variety of factors including the number of teeth that need a root canal, your oral health, and more. When you visit our office for a consultation, we can provide you with an accurate cost estimate based on your specific needs. At Riccobene Associates Family Dentistry, we don’t want money to stand in the way between you and a healthy smile. We are in-network participators in a wide array of insurances and have payment plan options to give you and your family access to great oral health without breaking the bank.

Are you tired of experiencing tooth pain? Call our office today to schedule your consultation and see if a root canal is right for you.

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