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Root Canal – Naples, FL

Don’t Let an Infection Cost You Your Tooth

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When you have a painful tooth infection, you might be afraid that you’ll have no choice but to have an extraction done. With root canal therapy, however, Dr. Skupny can stop your pain without having to remove any natural teeth. This treatment has an extremely high success rate – especially when it’s performed by an experienced dentist aided by the latest techniques and a caring dental team. Don’t hesitate to call us when a persistent toothache strikes.

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Signs You Need a Root Canal

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Root canal therapy is performed when the pulp inside of the tooth has been infected. If the pulp isn’t removed, the infection will spread, destroying the structure of the tooth and eventually spreading to the jaw. It’s important to have an infection treated as soon as possible if you want there to be any chance of saving the tooth, so call us immediately if you experience:

  • Darkening of the tooth
  • Persistent tooth pain or discomfort when pressing down on the tooth
  • Sensitivity to temperature that lasts for a long time
  • Pimple like bumps on the gumline near the tooth in question

What Can I Expect from Root Canal Therapy?

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Dr. Skupny begins the process by taking an X-ray of the tooth. In addition to confirming the presence of an infection, this gives us a chance to become familiar with the structure in order to plan the treatment. Don’t be nervous about discomfort; despite its reputation, root canal therapy today is no more painful than getting a filling.

At the beginning of the treatment itself, the area around the tooth is numbed, and damaged areas of the tooth are removed before the pulp is extracted. Afterwards, the tooth is thoroughly sterilized so that a new infection doesn’t form afterwards. A material called gutta-percha is used to seal the tooth afterwards.

A fully developed tooth can survive without the pulp, but it will need to be restored in order to function properly. A dental crown will be designed and placed on the tooth to protect it. Your crown will be completely customized so that it fits perfectly on the tooth and matches the appearance of the rest of the smile.

 Root canal therapy is often the most reliable option for saving your smile. Get in touch with Dr. Skupny as soon as possible if you have any reason to think you might need a root canal. 

Root Canal FAQs

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Do you still have questions about what to expect when getting a root canal? That’s understandable; there is a lot of misinformation out there regarding this procedure. To help clear things up and set your mind at ease, we’ve included this list of frequently asked questions about root canal therapy. If you can’t find the information you’re looking for on this page, feel free to get in touch with us!

What Happens After I Get a Root Canal?

Once we’ve finished performing your root canal, we’ll send you home with a list of instructions to make your recovery as smooth and comfortable as possible. Chances are that area of your mouth will be a bit sore and sensitive for the next few days, but this can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication, saltwater rinses, and ample rest. Most patients are able to resume their normal activities within a day or two of their procedure.

Of course, if you have any questions, or if your discomfort worsens instead of improving after two or three days, don’t hesitate to give our office a call.

Are Root Canals Expensive?

It should go without saying that root canals cost more than a simple filling. However, their exact price can vary based on where in your mouth the tooth that is being treated is. Teeth toward the front of the mouth only have one root that needs to be disinfected, while molars can have as many as three. That’s why root canals tend to cost more for back teeth.

The cost may also vary depending on your level of insurance coverage. Most dental insurance plans consider root canal therapy a major procedure and will cover around 50% of the cost. Our team can take a look at your plan and help you make the most of your benefits. We can also help break up the remaining cost into a manageable payment plan.

Keep in mind that the cost of a root canal will be much less than that of extracting and replacing a tooth later on.

How Long Do Root Canals Take?

A root canal can typically be completed in one appointment. Because molars have more roots that must be cleaned, root canals tend to take longer the farther back in the mouth the treated tooth is. Most root canal procedures take between 30 and 60 minutes, with some complex cases taking around 90 minutes.

Are Root Canals Painful?

Root canal therapy generally involves some discomfort, but not as much as you may have heard. Your mouth will be numbed before the procedure, so you shouldn’t experience pain. However, your mouth will likely be sore for the next few days. Again, we can provide you with guidelines on minimizing this discomfort and speeding up your recovery.