How To Get A Root Canal In Salt Lake City, UT
Dr. Scott Elder offers root canals and root canal consultations along with dental restoratives such as crowns and bridges. If your situation requires anesthesia, however, Dr. Elder will refer you to a specialist and his office will coordinate your care.
To learn more about root canals or if you have any additional questions, we’re glad to help you. Call us at the Salt Lake Dental Clinic to schedule your appointment with Dr. Scott Elder today. Our office can be reached at (801) 278-7100.
Root Canal Cost and Consultation
Has your dentist recommended a root canal?
While you may cringe at the thought of a root canal, the procedure usually relieves pain and restores the look and health of your smile. Root canals fix damaged or diseased teeth and generally save teeth that would otherwise be lost.
In addition to providing total oral care for the whole family, Dr. Scott Elder specializes in both restorative and cosmetic dentistry including root canals. For more complex situations such as root canals that require an endodontist, Dr. Elder has a team of trusted specialists in his network he works with to provide his patients with comprehensive oral care.
If you have any questions regarding root canals, schedule a consultation with Dr. Elder or call us at (801)278-7100.
Here are a few answers to questions you may have about root canals.
What Is A Root Canal?
A root canal cleans out an infected tooth, removing bacteria by removing the inflamed or infected pulp of the tooth. The inside of the tooth is then disinfected, filled, and then sealed.
There are three main layers to a tooth. The outside layer is the enamel. The hard interior layer is called dentin. And the inside area around the nerve of the tooth is the soft tissue, called pulp. In addition to the nerve of the tooth, there are blood vessels and connective tissue. When the pulp is infected or inflamed, it can cause intense pain which is why a root canal procedure is considered a pain-relieving procedure.
How Do I Know If I Need A Root Canal?
Your dentist will let you know if a root canal is needed after careful examination and X-rays. Here are a few signs that you may require a root canal procedure.
- Pain when chewing or biting
- Inflamed, swollen, or tender gums that may develop pimples on them
- A chipped or cracked tooth
- Temperature sensitivity.
- Tooth decay that goes deep into the tooth or darkened gums.
What To Expect During A Root Canal
A root canal procedure is generally done in two appointments. Here are a few things you can expect when getting a root canal.
- You’ll get an X-ray to make sure there is no infection in the surrounding bone.
- A local anesthetic will be applied to the area near the tooth.
- A rubber dam will be placed around the tooth to keep saliva away from the area the dentist is working on.
- A hole will be drilled into the tooth.
- The pulp, bacteria, and decayed tissue will be removed with root canal files.
- Sodium hypochlorite will be sprayed to flush away all the material.
- You will receive a temporary sealing and medication inside the tooth to heal any infection.
- After a week, your dentist will seal the tooth with a sealer paste and a rubber compound called gutta-percha and the access hole will be filled with a traditional filling
Some patients may need further restorative dental work, particularly if the tooth has been weakened by a large filling or extensive decay. Dr. Scott Elder will consult with you about your restorative options, including crowns, fillings, or other ways to prevent your tooth from breaking and to keep it strong for chewing.
“Thank you, Dr. Elder! For the first time in my life, I feel comfortable going to see my dentist. Dr. Elder has performed 1 root canal and 3 new crowns since I joined his practice. Dr. Elder is thorough, fast, and has a gentle touch which is surprising because he’s a tall guy! I love that he remembers my dental history and always educates me about the best course of action. He puts my well being ahead of the mighty dollar. The last point…it’s always fun to run into a jazz player at his office.”
— Cregg Cannon