What is a Root Canal?
A Root Canal is needed when tooth decay causes an abscessed (infected) tooth. When the pulp is diseased or injured and can't repair itself, it dies. The most common cause of pulp death is a cracked tooth or a deep cavity and decay. Both of these problems can let germs (bacteria) enter the pulp. Germs can cause an infection inside the tooth. Left without treatment, pus builds up at the root tip, in the jawbone, forming a "pus-pocket" called an abscess. An abscess can cause damage to the bone around the teeth.
When the infected pulp is not removed, pain and swelling can result. Certain byproducts of the infection can injure your jaw bones. Without treatment, your tooth may have to be removed.
How are Root Canals Performed?
Treatment often involves one to three visits. During treatment, Dr. Connell removes the diseased pulp. The pulp chamber and root canal(s) of the tooth are then cleaned and sealed, and a crown is placed on the tooth to give structure and strength to the treated tooth.
How Much does a Root Canal Cost in New Orleans, Gretna, or the Surrounding Louisiana Area?
The cost of a root canal varies, depending on the necessary amount of visits and surgical time to properly perform the procedure. Set up your appointment with Dr. Connell today to begin discussing options for your root canal. The Connell-Shea Family Dentistry staff will discuss costs, insurance, and treatment plans at your appointment.
Connell-Shea Family Dentistry offers the highest quality of care for all of their dental work and their staff goes above and beyond in providing you with the best service. If you live in the New Orleans or Gretna area and are looking to enhance your smile, call Connell-Shea Family Dentistry today. We look forward to bringing out the beauty you feel inside, with your smile.
Dr. Brian Connell