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Root Canal Therapy Uncovered: Signs, Costs, and What to Expect for a Successful Treatment

Dr. Robert Spoont is consulting a patient about root canal therapy.

Root canal therapy can be a lifesaver for an infected or damaged tooth. If the pulp – the soft tissue inside the tooth – becomes inflamed or infected, you might experience various symptoms, from constant pain to sensitivity to temperature changes.

Sometimes, root canal therapy is the only way to preserve the tooth. In this guide, we’ll delve into the symptoms of a tooth that may necessitate a root canal, what to anticipate during the procedure, and how to care for your tooth post-treatment at our clinic.

Signs you may need a root canal

Multiple signs and symptoms indicate a potential need for root canal therapy. 

Here are the most common ones:

  • Persistent pain. Continual pain in a tooth, particularly when biting down or applying pressure, might indicate inflammation or infection in the pulp. The pain can range from dull to sharp and may radiate to other parts of your mouth or face.
  • Sensitivity to temperature. Experiencing sensitivity to hot or cold food and beverages, even after the heat or cold source is removed, could be a sign of pulp damage.
  • Swelling or tenderness. Swelling or tenderness around a tooth could indicate infection or inflammation. In some cases, the swelling may cause a visible bump on the gum near the tooth.

Understanding the root canal procedure

If our dentists recommend root canal therapy, understanding the procedure can put your mind at ease. Here’s a glimpse of what you can expect

Step-by-step guide

Our dentists will remove the damaged or infected pulp, clean and disinfect the pulp chamber, then fill and seal the space with a rubber-like material. A dental crown may be placed over the tooth to protect it and restore its function if necessary.


Most root canals are performed under local anesthesia, numbing the area around the affected tooth. If required, conscious sedation is available to ensure you’re relaxed during the procedure.


Before your root canal, our dentists will explain the procedure in detail and answer any queries. Specific instructions regarding eating or drinking will be given, and we recommend arranging transportation for post-procedure.

The cost of root canal therapy

The cost of root canal therapy can vary based on factors like the affected tooth’s location, the severity of damage or infection, and whether a dental crown is necessary. 

Factors affecting cost

  • The affected tooth’s location
  • The number of roots in the affected tooth
  • Whether a dental crown is necessary
  • The severity of damage or infection

Many dental insurance plans cover part of the cost of root canal therapy. We offer payment plans and financing options for patients without insurance or whose insurance doesn’t cover the full cost.

Aftercare: post root canal procedure

Following your root canal, adhering to your dentist’s instructions is key for recovery. 

Here are some tips for caring for your tooth after a root canal:

  • Recovery and home care. You may experience some discomfort or sensitivity post-procedure, which can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. It’s advisable to avoid chewing or biting down on the affected tooth until the dental crown has been placed.
  • Follow-ups. Regular return visits to the dentist are necessary to monitor your healing progress and to have a dental crown placed over the treated tooth if required.

Dentists are looking at and discussing X-ray


Root canal therapy can be a highly successful treatment for saving a damaged or infected tooth. By recognizing the signs and symptoms that may indicate a need for a root canal, understanding the procedure, and learning how to care for your tooth afterward, you’re paving the way for optimal oral health.If you suspect you need a root canal, don’t hesitate to contact our experienced team


Consult with our dentists at the earliest to explore your treatment options.

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