Common Questions About Root Canals

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Despite the fact that root canals get a bad rap; they are actually relatively routine procedures. Not to mention, they serve an incredibly important purpose. If you have a tooth that has become infected or decayed, a root canal can help you save it. And the longer you can keep your teeth the better. In fact, if handled with proper care, root canals can extend the life of your tooth for the duration of yours! Dr. Dondo provides root canals in Bend, Oregon. Here’s what he has to say about the procedure:

Here Are a Few of the Most Common Questions We Get About Root Canals in Bend:

What Happens During a Root Canal?

The goal of a root canal is to remove the nerve and pulp from an infected tooth. To do this, your dentist will drill into the tooth, clean out any infected or dead tissue, then disinfect the area using laser light energy before sealing the tooth back up with a crown. Local anesthesia can be used to ensure a relatively painless procedure.

Often, this process is completed in two visits. One for the x-rays and another for the procedure. However, in some cases, we may need to allow the tooth to heal before we seal it back up with a crown. In this case, a temporary filling is used to keep the area clean while it is treated with medicines.

Will I Be In Pain?

Pain is the most common concern for those about to undergo a root canal, but most don’t report feeling any pain during the procedure. As with any dental procedure, there may be some sensitivity and soreness after the root canal, but most patients can control it using over-the-counter pain medications such as Advil or Aleve. And in almost all cases, patients can return to their normal activities the next day.

What Can I Expect After My Root Canal?

Root canals are highly successful. In fact, they are more than 95% successful which means you can rest assured that the procedure will go smoothly and you will enjoy a very short recovery time. Because your tooth is capped with a tooth-colored crown, it will not be visibly noticeable or cause any long-term problems. Most root canal patients find that they do not experience any adverse effects in the long-term and they can enjoy a healthy smile from then on out.

Is It Expensive?

Most dental insurance providers cover root canals either in part or in full. The treatment itself can cost between $500 and $1500 depending on the tooth, and the severity of its infection. Call our office to see what your dental insurance will cover as well as how much you will be responsible for after your visit. In all cases, a root canal is definitely better (and less expensive) than it’s alternative. Which is, removing the tooth and replacing it, either with a bridge or a dental implant.

Dr. Dondo provides root canals in Bend, Oregon and Central Oregon and we would be happy to answer any and all questions you have before your procedure. Contact our office to schedule your consultation and learn more.


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