Despite it’s reputation as a painful procedure, a root canal will in most cases relieve the pain associated with an infected or diseased tooth. A root canal is an important procedure that enables Dr. Wolfe to save a patient’s natural tooth, supporting long term oral health.
About Root Canal Therapy
A "root canal" actually refers to the area inside of the tooth where the tooth pulp and nerves are located. More commonly, however, the term root canal is used to refer to a procedure that removes decay from the tooth chamber, restoring the tooth to optimal health.
Root Canal Symptoms
- Tooth pain
- Tooth sensitivity
- Tooth discoloration
- Gum soreness
If you have any of these symptoms, contact our Rochester Hills dentist office for an appointment with Dr. Wolfe.
About the Root Canal Procedure
Most patients will receive root canal therapy in our comfortable Rochester Hills dental office. If a specialist is needed, Dr. Wolfe will prepare your treatment plan and refer you to a local endodontist.
The root canal procedure is relatively simple. First, Dr. Wolfe will make a small hole access the tooth pulp. The infected tissue and damaged nerve will be removed and the root canal will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. The tooth will be temporarily sealed to keep out food and saliva until the next appointment.
Once the infection is clear and the root canal is free of debris, the dentist will fill the tooth with a biocompatible rubber compound called gutta percha. Finally, Dr. Wolfe will cover the tooth with either a dental filling or tooth cap to add strength and protect it from future damage.
Does a root canal hurt?
For the most part, the pain associated with a 'root canal' comes from the infection inside the tooth. The root canal procedure will relieve tooth pain and start the healing process.
What if I don’t have the root canal treatment?
A tooth extraction is an alternative to the root canal procedure. When considering a root canal vs. extraction, it is important to remember that once a tooth is lost, the replacement options typically become more difficult and complicated.
If an extraction is the ultimate choice, your dentist will determine which is the best replacement choice: dental implants, bridge or denture.
What does a root canal cost?
The cost of root canal procedures depends on your specific circumstances. Most dental insurance carriers will pay for part of all of the cost of a root canal procedure. Dr. Wolfe works with all dental insurance companies and we will take care of all the necessary paperwork and billing to help you maximize your benefits.