Root Canal Procedure
Disease or damage to the root of the tooth used to mean that the tooth had to be extracted. Today, dentists are often able to use root canal therapy to alleviate pain and preserve the natural tooth. Our dentists specialize in root canals, endodontics, and other restorative procedures that can help you reclaim your smile. If you have damaged teeth or are suffering from oral pain, call Milestone Dental of Waxahachie today to schedule a consultation.
A Closer Look at Root Canals
Just because you have one or more severely damaged teeth, does not mean that you are destined for full or partial dentures. A root canal is an effective way to create a healthier smile without sacrificing the tooth. If your dentist determines that a root canal is the best treatment for your dental issues, we will explain the process to you in detail and answer any questions that you may have. Most patients find that a root canal is no more uncomfortable than a basic filling and are thrilled that they are finally able to eat and drink without pain.
What Happens During a Root Canal?
A root canal is not something to fear. Dentists use the procedure to alleviate pain and restore the health of millions of decayed or damaged teeth each year.
Underneath the enamel and dentin of the tooth is soft tissue known as pulp. This tissue contains the blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue that help the tooth root grow as the tooth develops. The pulp is no longer necessary once the tooth is fully developed since the tooth is anchored and supported by the surrounding tissues.
Structural damage to the tooth, faulty dental appliances, or severe decay can cause the pulp to become infected and inflamed. This can cause severe pain and can even lead to an abscess if not treated. A root canal treatment is often the best choice for a long-term solution for severe oral pain.
During a root canal, the dentist removes the diseased pulp and cleans the root chambers to eliminate any trace of infection. The dentist then uses a material called gutta percha to fill the inside of the tooth. A crown is then placed on top of the tooth. Crowns are constructed from materials designed to blend in with your natural teeth as closely as possible. Your healthy, reconstructed tooth will look and function just like a natural tooth, and you will be able to eat and speak with confidence and free from pain. The procedure is performed using an anesthetic to ensure that you remain as comfortable as possible.
Where Can I Find a Dentist That Specializes in Root Canals?
Most general dentists are able to perform simple root canals; however, complex root canals may require an endodontist. A referral to an endodontist may be necessary if you need a root canal on a tooth with a complex canal system or multiple canal systems, such as a molar. During your consultation, our Waxahachie dentists will assess your teeth to determine if the procedure can be performed in our office. If so, we will provide you with a personalized treatment plan and an estimate of the cost of your treatment. Don’t let oral pain keep you from enjoying life to the fullest. Call today to schedule an appointment with one of our root canal specialists.
How Much Will I Pay for a Root Canal?
We understand that cost is a major concern for most of our patients, so we will work with you to make your treatment as affordable as possible. Delaying a root canal can lead to severe pain and tooth loss. In extreme cases, the infection can even spread to other locations in the face or neck.
The costs associated with a root canal include the procedure itself as well as the crown. The exact cost depends on the severity of the problem and the number and type of teeth affected. If you have dental insurance, all or part of the cost may be covered. We recommend that you contact your insurance provider to find out more about the extent of your coverage. If you do not have insurance, we may be able to offer you a payment plan to make the expense more manageable.
Take the first step toward better oral health. Call today to learn more about our root canal treatments.