Root Canals Specialist

Jane L. Dodson, DDS -  - Dentist

Bainbridge Dental Associates

Jane L. Dodson, DDS

Dentist located in Chagrin Falls, OH

At Bainbridge Dental Associates, Dr. Jane L. Dodson offers Root Canals. Call us or request an appointment online.

Root Canals Q & A

What is a Root Canal treatment?

First let me say that the word "root canal" means nothing to the layman except pain and something to be avoided. This is because people like to tell you their worst story about this event.  It is my hope that after reading this explanation you will at least have all your questions answered and feel more like you know what the treatment actually is.  That said, let me tell you that in my office we all call a root canal a ROOT FILLING because that is actually what this treatment does. You can't see your root..(Hopefully not because the root holds the crown in your mouth so that you have something to chew on.  The holding part of the tooth has soft tissue in the center and when that does a root filling is necessary to save the tooth.

A ROOT FILLING includes the removal of diseased or infected pulp at the hollow center of your tooth where the nerve of your tooth resides. This pulp, which is the only soft part of your tooth, is inside the tooth’s nerve “canals”. The procedure cleans, medicates and then seals the tooth chambers with a dental crown to seal any other outside bacteria from the center root filling. The laboratory made crown is necessary to properly strengthen, and protect the remaining portions of your tooth.

When would you need a Root Canal Procedure?

When the soft inner tissue dies or goes wacky by hurting irregularly or constantly. This can be determined by an x-ray or by symptoms or both. Then a root filling must be done in order to save the tooth from extraction.  If the root filling is not performed promptly, then pain, tooth abscess and further health complications can result. The dead inside of your tooth can be carried via the blood stream to any part of your body. Inflamed or infected pulp can occur from a variety of different causes: deep decay, a broken or chipped  tooth, or multiple fillings in the crown over years. (We live a long time and nothing is forever in our mouth.) Even when a tooth does not have obvious breaks or splits it is still possible that harm has occurred to the tooth’s pulp. Through examination the dentist can determine if pulp inflammation or infection requires treatment. 

What is the cost of a Root Canal?

The cost varies depending the tooth how complex the problem. Large back teeth called molars are usually a higher cost because they are a lot more work to treat.  Most dental insurance policies cover the cost of the procedure at least in part.

Choosing to save the inflamed, severely injured, cracked, or decayed tooth with the Root Filling procedure costs less than extraction of the tooth followed by bridge or implant.

How long will the restored tooth last?

After a root filling restorative procedure, the tooth should function like a normal tooth. With proper oral hygiene, (that is, NO gum disease which causes about 70% of tooth loss) the tooth has the potential to last a lifetime.

What are the symptoms that indicate a tooth may need the root canal procedure?

If you have any of the below symptoms see your dentist for an examination:

• Tooth Pain or tooth tender when touched

• Gum Swelling

• Pus Drainage in your mouth

• Tooth Absess

• Tooth discoloration

Sometimes a problem can exist without symptoms. A dentist can determine by examination if the procedure is needed in such cases.

Will there be pain during or after the procedure?

Due to the use of modern procedures and anesthetics, most patients report they are comfortable during the procedure. The key is to be numb.  I tell my patients that they must inform me if they are NOT numb.  I will ALWAYS stop to fix the situation so that numbness is present.  I can't enjoy any procedure if my patient is not so relaxed that they may be falling asleep - even snoring some of them are. It's true!

For a couple of days after the procedure, the restored tooth may feel a bit sensitive. Relief from such discomfort is usually addressed with over-the-counter or prescription medications directed by your dentist.

What follows the Dentist’s determination you need a Root Filling?

After review of your X-rays, examination of your teeth, gums and supporting bone structure, your dentist will recommend a treatment plan, discuss what the procedure entails, and answer all of your questions.

The root filling procedure will provide pain relief, protection from complications, from infection, avoid further health or bodily complications and will allow your mouth to maintain its natural previous bite.

Get regular dental check ups.  If an unwanted mouth discomfort occurs, contact Dr. Dodson for an examination and a  dental plan to renewed comfort and health. We can put a smile on your face again.

Dr. Dodson and her staff look forward to helping you stay healthy and giving you smiles that last a lifetime.  Call for availability of appointment (440) 543-3688. We look forward to meeting you.