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Dr. Lawrence Bartos, DDS

4405 Milestrip Rd. | Buffalo, NY 14219

Medicaid and State Insurance Accepted!

Root Canal Therapy

Pain in a single tooth or isolated area is sometimes an indication of a bigger problem than just something stuck in your teeth. It may be a sign of an infected tooth, which, if left untreated, could lead to a painful abscess. At McKinley Crossing Dental, we can provide endodontic therapy, also known as a root canal, to remove the infection, provide pain relief, and protect your tooth against future infections.

If you visit our West Seneca dentist office needing help with an infected tooth, Dr. Bartos and our team might recommend root canal therapy to clean out the infection and protect the tooth. If so, don’t worry – we’ll take care of the treatment right here in our office.

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The Root Canal Procedure

To start, we’ll numb the area around your tooth so the most you will feel is slight pressure while we work. Then, we’ll make a small hole in the top of your tooth where we will clean out the root canals of the tooth (this is where the procedure gets its name). Once we feel sure we’ve gotten the infection out, we fill the canals with an antibiotic to seal out future infection. Our Hamburg dentist, Dr. Bartos, will get you fitted for a permanent crown during this appointment, and while we wait for the lab to make that, we’ll place a temporary to protect your tooth. Once your permanent crown is ready, you’ll come back to the office for placement. The crown gives your tooth extra protection and strength.

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Comfort During the Procedure

We do all we can to provide you with a comfortable, stress-free procedure. Before we begin, we numb the area around the infected tooth. All you should feel is some pressure once the area is numb. If at any time you feel more than that, let us know so we can give you additional numbing medication. Also let us know if you’d like us to work at a slower pace – your comfort is a top priority.

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FAQ

What are the signs that I may need a root canal?

You may be wondering what symptoms can indicate the need for root canal treatment. While many people experience different signs for an abscessed tooth, if you have one or more of the following, you may have a tooth infection:

  • Toothache (dull to sharp pain)
  • Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Swollen gums
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Bad breath (halitosis)

How long does it take to recover from a root canal?

After your root canal procedure, we’ll send you home with a list of aftercare instructions and guidelines to ensure you have a smooth recovery. You may experience mild discomfort and sensitivity for a few days following your procedure. However, this discomfort is temporary and you should be able to quickly get back to enjoying your everyday life. If you have any questions about what to expect, please contact us.

How much does a root canal cost?

A root canal isn’t something you should put off because of cost concerns. We’ll always do our best to work with you and your budget to get you the care you need. Our Hamburg, West Seneca, and Orchard Park practice is insurance friendly, so call us to find out if we accept your plan. We have an in-house membership plan that can save you an average of 25% on most services, and we accept CareCredit patient financing. Learn more about our financial options by visiting our Financial page.

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