Dr. Paulen performs root canal therapy whenever possible to save the natural tooth. Modern dentistry has proven the benefits of keeping the natural teeth for both long term dental health and overall physical well being.

FAQs About Root Canals

What is a root canal?
The term root canal refers to the interior of a tooth where the pulp and nerves are located. A root canal treatment is needed when a tooth is significantly damaged or has decay that extends into the pulp chamber. Tooth pain is usually the first sign patients experience, though a dentist can spot infection during routine examinations.

Is a root canal painful?
The pain associated with a root canal is often from the infection within the tooth that will be addressed with root canal therapy. Most patients would say that a root canal procedure is no more painful than a dental filling. Dr. Paulen offers sedation dentistry options and will ensure that you are comfortable and relaxed during your treatment.

Wouldn’t it be better to just have the tooth pulled?
The best treatment choice will depend on your specific situation and circumstances, however, it is usually in the best interest of the patient to preserve the natural tooth through a root canal procedure or other treatment method. An extracted tooth should always be replaced to prevent neighboring teeth from shifting and to reduce the risk of bone loss, tooth decay and gum disease.

How much does a root canal cost?
Factors that go into determining the price of the root canal procedure include the extent of damage to the tooth and type of restoration needed (ex. dental filing vs. dental crown). Some dental insurance providers will pay for all or part of the cost of root canal therapy. Proud Smiles office staff will assist you with billing and documentation for your insurance company to help maximize your benefits.

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