Are you experiencing dental pain, or has your dentist recommended a root canal? You might feel nervous when facing a root canal, but it’s important to realize that root canals save millions of teeth each year. Don’t risk further damage to your teeth – instead, contact our dentists for root canal therapy. We’ll restore your smile and help you regain better dental health.
The Root Canal Procedure
Even if there is significant damage to your teeth, our dentist may be able to restore your oral health through root canal treatment. If the dentist finds that a root canal is required, you’ll receive information about your treatment options and the procedure steps. Remember, root canal therapy is painless – in fact, root canals are an effective treatment for oral pain. After the procedure, you’ll have a healthier, properly functioning smile.
What Does a Root Canal Procedure Entail?
It’s not uncommon to feel nervous when your dentist suggests a root canal, but it’s important not to delay treatment. Getting a root canal should eliminate any pain caused by the inflamed tooth and often prevents the damaged tooth from having to be extracted.
It’s not uncommon if you’ve wondered, “Why would someone need a root canal?” What typically occurs during a root canal is no longer a mystery and is a common and routine procedure. Inside your tooth, a soft tissue called the pulp exists under the dentin and white enamel. The pulp contains blood vessels essential to the tooth’s development as well as nerves and connective tissue. During adulthood, the tooth can survive without its pulp because it is supported by the connective tissue.
Root canals become necessary when inflammation and infection are present in the tooth’s pulp. Common causes of dental infection include severe decay or periodontal disease, defective crowns, injury, or deep cavities. Without proper treatment, the inflammation can spread to other areas of the face or neck. Dental abscesses can also form when inflammation is left alone.
Fortunately, root canals eliminate the infection and will help you get your dental health back on track. During the procedure, the dentist will remove the damaged pulp as well as clean and disinfect the area. The dentist will the fill the tooth with gutta percha, a durable, thermoplastic substance. Then, a natural-looking crown is placed to protect the affected tooth. Dentists use anesthetic during root canal procedures, which ensures patient comfort.
Should I Choose a Root Canal Dentist or Endodontist?
When a root canal is required to preserve your tooth, you may say, “Where can I find a dentist who provides root canals?” Most root canals can be performed at our general dentistry office, but you may be referred to an endodontist if your case is complex. If your tooth has multiple canals, such as a molar, it’s likely that an endodontist will treat your case. During your appointment, our dentist will assess the infected tooth and determine the correct course of treatment. You’ll also have the chance to ask any questions you have about the root canal procedure. If you’re experiencing oral pain, don’t delay – give us a call to schedule an appointment.
Are Root Canals Expensive?
Our dentists understand that you may have concerns about cost when a root canal is necessary. When a root canal is recommended, it’s important to receive treatment as quickly as possible. Infection and inflammation that’s left untreated can lead to complications, including dental abscesses. Plus, the infection can sometimes spread to other areas of the teeth, mouth, or face.
The total charges for a root canal includes the procedure itself, the technology used to repair your smile, and the tooth crown. The tooth being treated and the overall condition of your teeth will also factor into the cost. More complex cases that must be addressed by an endodontist may be more costly than those administered by a general dentist.
Fortunately, there are many options available that can make the procedure affordable. Root canals usually are medically necessary, meaning that they are covered under most insurance plans. However, those without insurance may be able to find a budget-friendly solution through our flexible financing or dental discount plans. We encourage all patients to contact their insurance provider before receiving care. You can also contact our practice to find out what financial options are available.
If a root canal is necessary, give our office a call to schedule an appointment. Doing so will help you preserve your tooth and keep your smile healthy for years to come.