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Root Canal Guide: How to Find a Root Canal Specialist Near You

Many dental patients are afraid of root canals because of misconceptions around how long the procedure will take and how much pain it will cause. Phrases like “I’d rather get a root canal,” have made patients believe that this procedure is particularly painful and time-intensive, but this simply isn’t the case. Root canals are actually a common dental procedure that can take up to 90 minutes, and are less troubling than you may have been led to believe; according to the American Association of Endodontists, most patients feel comfortable during the procedure!

If you’re worried about an upcoming root canal (or even avoiding the dentist out of fear!), read our root canal guide for everything you need to know about this process. You can also contact our root canal specialists in Ann Arbor for more information, including dental anxiety treatment options.

What is a Root Canal?

All teeth have a thin, straw-like tube running up their centers containing sensitive, live tissue. If a tooth experiences decay or trauma, the delicate tissue can die or become painfully infected. During a root canal, the tooth is saved by entering the thin tube-like canal, cleaning out the problematic tissue, disinfecting the space, and sealing it so fluids and new bacteria won’t create another infection.

When Do You Need a Root Canal?

An infection in the root canal can compromise the tooth and create discomfort. According to Healthline, the symptoms of a root canal include:

  • Persistent pain
  • Sensitivity to heat and cold
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Swollen gums
  • Pain when you eat or touch the tooth
  • Chipped or cracked tooth
  • A tooth that feels looser

Root Canal Alternatives

In some situations, an alternative to a root canal may be possible. One of the most common is an extraction, which replaces the damaged tooth with a bridge, implant, or partial denture. However, the American Association of Endodontists notes that “replacing an extracted tooth with a bridge or implant requires more time in treatment and may result in further procedures to neighboring teeth and supporting tissue.”

How Long Does a Root Canal Take?

According to Healthline, “A simple root canal procedure can take between 30 and 60 minutes if the tooth has one canal,” but you should expect your appointment to take up to 90 minutes altogether.

At DGY Dentistry, a root canal procedure usually takes only one appointment, approximately 2 hours, though sometimes with a more severe infection it can take two appointments to complete.

How Much Does a Root Canal Cost?

The cost of a root canal will vary depending on the severity of the infection and amount of work needed to address it, including reconstruction work. Dental insurance may cover part of the procedure — check with your insurance provider and dentist to see what work needs to be done and what you will need to pay out of pocket.

Here at DGY Dentistry, we can obtain a pre-authorization estimate from the insurance company, and co-pays vary depending on coverage, but on average, you can expect about 50-80% coverage from your insurance provider.

Do Root Canals Hurt?

Many people believe that root canals are painful. However, the American Association of Endodontists notes that most patients report feeling comfortable during the procedure with the help of modern techniques and anesthetics. Recent advancements in root canal therapy result in more precise and less irritating techniques, as well as fewer post-treatment problems.

At DGY Dentistry, we take patient comfort seriously by using a variety of anesthetic techniques including nitrous oxide and oral sedation. Many patients have come to us because of anesthesia problems in the past and have been successfully treated.

Root Canal Recovery

You may experience some sensitivity after your root canal, which should fade after a few days. Follow your dentist’s instructions for managing your recovery and any discomfort.

Signs of Infection After Root Canal

Signs of an infected root canal include swollen tissue, pus discharge, and mild to extreme pain. If you notice any signs of infection after your root canal, make sure to contact your dentist.

Root Canal Specialists Near You

DGY Dentistry Ann Arbor uses high-tech root canal techniques for the most precise treatment possible. These current techniques are more precise and far less irritating with fewer post-treatment problems. We take patient comfort seriously by using a variety of anesthetic techniques including nitrous oxide and oral sedation. Many patients have come to us because of anesthesia problems in the past and have been successfully treated.

Our Root Canal Specialists

Dr. Quell has an aptitude for endodontics (root canal treatment) and is currently undergoing additional advanced training in endodontics in order to keep up with the latest technology, literature, and techniques so he can save patients’ natural teeth whenever possible. 

Dr. Yilmaz has completed intensive training at the University of Detroit-Mercy and St. John Providence Hospital, as well as ongoing in-house training with her mentors. She keeps up with the very latest in dental science and has passion for the full range of dental procedures, including root canals.

Dr. Donaldson has built his career on continuous education and is highly trained and experienced in root canal treatment and oral sedation dentistry. He received high academic and clinical honors from dental school and has served on the board for a large dental continuing education society.

Root Canal Specialists in Ann Arbor

Our dental office is conveniently located at 3100 E. Eisenhower Parkway in Ann Arbor with easy access to surrounding Washtenaw County and the larger Southeast Michigan area. Contact us today to learn more about our Ann Arbor root canal specialists.