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Facts Your Dentist Wants You to Know About Root Canals

February 25, 2022

We’ve asked dozens of patients about what procedure scares them the most, and a root canal in Charleston, SC often lands the number one spot. Root canal therapy has a notorious reputation in the industry. Millions of people are convinced that the procedure will put them in extreme pain. But, on the contrary, root canal therapy will relieve the pain. Here’s what you need to know about root canal treatment. 

male patient getting Root Canal in Charleston SC

Frequently Asked Questions About Root Canal Therapy 

What Is Root Canal Therapy? 

Root canal therapy is a non-invasive procedure that involves removing the infected or inflamed dental pulp, disinfecting the area, and then sealing it so that bacteria will not enter the chamber again. This procedure will help save a decayed tooth instead of extracting it. 

How Much Does It Cost? 

The cost varies depending on the office’s location, the endodontist’s experience, the complexity of your case, and if you have health insurance. The best way to know is to schedule an initial consultation and have your endodontist check your mouth. 

How Long Does the Procedure Take? 

Again, the duration depends on the complexity of your dental problem. However, on average, a root canal treatment lasts between 30 to 90 minutes.  

It can be done in one appointment, but there are certain cases where endodontists prefer to do it on several appointments to allow the tooth to dry before disinfecting it. The number of teeth affected will also influence the duration of the treatment. 

Will You Experience Pain After Treatment? 

After root canal therapy, tenderness in your mouth and soreness in your jaw are expected, especially within 17 to 24 hours following the procedure. To help relieve the discomfort, you may take over-the-counter pain medications. Elevating your head while sleeping will also help ease the pain. 

endodontist performs Root Canal in Charleston SC on patient

Do You Have More Questions About Root Canal in Charleston, SC? 

If you are advised to undergo root canal therapy, and you still have a lot of questions, we’ll be happy to answer them for you. 

At North Rivers Dental Associates, our goal is to help improve your smile and oral health with our wide range of affordable dental services. We use updated techniques and modern equipment to ensure patient satisfaction. So book an appointment with us today. 

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