What is endodontic treatment?

Endodontic treatment treats the inside of the tooth. Endodontic treatment is necessary when the pulp, the soft tissue inside the root canal, becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes: deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, or a crack or chip in the tooth. In addition, an injury to a tooth may cause pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible chips or cracks. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.

What signs should I be looking for to determine if I need endodontic treatment?

Signs to look for include pain, prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, tenderness to touch and chewing, discoloration of the tooth, and swelling, drainage and tenderness in the lymph nodes as well as nearby bone and gingival tissues. Sometimes, however, there are no symptoms.

Will my problem go away?

Simply, no. An infection will continue to worsen until you seek treatment or until you suffer a loss of the tooth.

Will I feel pain during the procedure?

Due to incredible technological advances and advances in practice, most patients report feeling no pain during the procedure. The affected area is completely numbed before the procedure, so you won't feel anything during the actual procedure.

How long will the procedure take?

Generally about an hour, but some procedures will take a bit longer depending on the severity of the case.

How much does an endodontic procedure cost?

The cost varies depending on how complex the problem is and which tooth is affected. Molars are more difficult to treat, the fee is usually more. Most dental insurance policies provide some coverage for endodontic treatment.

Generally, endodontic treatment and restoration of the natural tooth are less expensive than the alternative of having the tooth extracted. An extracted tooth must be replaced with a bridge or implant to restore chewing function and prevent adjacent teeth from shifting. These procedures tend to cost more than endodontic treatment and appropriate restoration. With root canal treatment you save your natural teeth and money.

Will Gebbia and Associates take insurance for my procedure?

We have a long standing partnership with Delta Dental, one of the largest insurance companies in the country for dental treatment.

What is Dr. Gebbia's background?

Please see the biography page for more information about Dr. Gebbia.

How long has Gebbia and Associates been in practice?

Please see the About Us page for more information about the practice.

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