Wheaton Root Canal

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Root Canal!  Does that word scare you?  Many people fear the word root canal and have for generations.  However, most of that comes from the pain that thanks to advances in technology has long ago left behind.  Thanks to advancements in techniques and products, root canals are faster and more thorough.  As a result of these newer techniques and products chances of post procedural pain and complications has decreased, as well as the amount of time you spend in the dental chair.

 

What are the major signs of needing a root canal?

Do you have a tooth that is or has been hurting you? Is it sensitive to cold or hot beverages? Does it hurt to chew on it? These are all signs that a tooth may be in need of a root canal. This is not as scary as you may have been led to believe.  In fact the painful part of a root canal is likely happening to you right now.  The root canal is what eliminates the pain, unless done incompletely which unfortunately happens quite a bit.

What our patients are saying about our root canals


Have you had a root canal and the tooth still hurts?

After a few days of healing a tooth should not continue to hurt or at the very least should be feeling better every day.

What a Wheaton root canal done by Dr. Bauer looks like

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These images show Dr. Bauer’s root canals. Notice the number of canals (lines) that were treated on each tooth.  If your tooth still hurts there is a VERY GOOD chance anatomy was missed.

The images above shows Dr. Bauer’s root canals and especially relevant, notice that they all have 4 or 5 lines.  When we clean the canals within the tooth they look like individual lines on the x-rays.  Upper molars nearly always have 4 canals and it is difficult to find the fourth one so many root canals only have 3 treated.  As a result it is very common for upper molar root canals to continue to hurt.  If your molar tooth still hurts after a root canal there is a VERY GOOD chance anatomy was missed and it doesn’t look like the x-rays above.

What are the symptoms of a tooth that needs a root canal and what causes these symptoms to occur?

How do we do root canals?  What are the steps?

How much does a Wheaton root canal cost?

The fee in our office differs depending on which tooth we are treating.  Front teeth are always cheaper than back teeth because they are on average much easier.  A back tooth that needs a root canal will cost around $1200-1300 in our office.  When thinking of the cost, it’s important to find out what other procedures the dentist is recommending to keep the tooth.  A build up, or post, and a crown will often be done after the root canal, especially when talking about a back tooth.  A build up and crown will add $1,500-2,000 more to the cost of the procedure.  To check out a fair fee for your zip code you can check fair health consumer website.

What is the success rate of root canals?

You will often see 87-97% given as a number for a 10 year success rate but I think that is likely higher than reality. There is a difference between success rate and root retention rate that I feel is very important. Root retention rate, which is likely what a patient would call a success, is around 90% but we dentists subjectively measure success by a lack of observable periapical lesion. Films show this success rate to be around 90% BUT CBCT shows this rate to be around 70%!

The success rate is subjective to our technical ability to see a radiolucency at the tip of a tooth. Asymptomatic radiolucencies aren’t considered successful yet they can be left in the mouth without issues for decades and often are. The advent of CBCT technology allows us to see more of these lesions and thus the success rate drops but in reality it is just us “seeing” more of the failures. My opinion is if one did micro-CT the success rate would be even worse and if one did histology reports on the apical areas the success rate would be near zero.

Why some of these areas are never painful but then all of a sudden act up is still a mystery. Some feel a viral attack may be the cause.

Dr. Bauer is a licensed general dentist and is not a licensed specialist in endodontics so we can do both the root canal and your crown or build up filling at the same time. Give us a call today for a complimentary consult and evaluation of the area that is hurting you and let us get you out of pain.