A root canal therapy treatment can do what other procedures often cannot: save a failing tooth. When a tooth has become decayed or infected and is in danger of failing, and could be lost from the patient’s mouth, San Diego, CA cosmetic dentists, Dr. Langenbach and Dr. Thomas, often recommend a root canal to save the tooth. With a root canal, the pulp found inside of the tooth, nerves, decay, and bacteria are carefully removed. After the damaged pulp and infection is removed, the experienced dentists can fill the tooth or use a crown to restore form and function. Once the root canal is complete, the pain and discomfort associated with the damaged tooth is greatly alleviated to allow the patient to improve his or her quality of life.

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Before the root canal begins, the dentist will numb the patient’s teeth and gums with a local anesthetic, as well as nitrous oxide gas for further patient comfort and relaxation if needed. Once the patient is prepared, the dentist will carefully remove the pulp from the decayed tooth, both the visible portion of the tooth and the root below the gum line. After the tooth is removed, the dentist will place a crown or filling material to strengthen and protect the treated tooth.


After the root canal treatment, the patient’s lips and gums will remain numb for a few hours, but the patients will be able to drive and leave to recover at home. If the patient is feeling any pain after the procedure, they can take an over-the-counter painkiller, following the instructions on the label. If the dentist placed a temporary crown over the tooth, the patient will return after the permanent crown is created and sent back to the office. The dentist will then place the crown and check the fit. The patient should return for annual dental exams and professional cleanings twice a year, or as recommended by the dentist.


The cost of the root canal will depend on how many teeth are being treated and where the teeth are located in the mouth. The front teeth cost from $300 – $1,500, bicuspids cost from $400 – $1,800, and molars cost $500 – $2,000. Additional costs may be added for emergency cases if the patient needs a same day or weekend root canal. If a crown or other dental implant is used, that cost will be added to the patient’s total cost.


If you have a toothache or infection, make an appointment to have the dentist look at your tooth and talk about treatments, including a root canal. A root canal can prevent more serious dental problems and relieve your pain.