In the past, dentists often had to remove teeth with damaged nerves, leaving the patient with gaps in his or her smile. Today, millions of teeth are saved through the use of root canal therapy. If you’re experiencing a painful toothache or suspect your tooth is severely damaged, contact our office today. Our dentists have experience with root canals and endodontics, helping patients save their teeth.
The Root Canal Procedure
Even if you’re facing extensive damage to your teeth, our skilled dentists may be able to repair your smile. If it’s determined that a root canal is necessary, our dentist will explain the course of treatment and answer your questions. Root canal therapy is painless – in fact, root canals often relieve severe dental pain. Once the procedure is finished, you’ll have a restored, healthier smile.
What Happens During a Root Canal?
We understand that you may feel nervous when your dentist recommends a root canal. However, it’s important to remember that a root canal can save your tooth from an extraction. It also can eliminate any oral pain or other symptoms you’re experiencing.
In every tooth, under the dentin and white enamel, is a soft tissue called the pulp. Inside the pulp are nerves, connective tissue, and blood vessels that enable the root to grow during childhood. When the tooth is fully grown, it can survive without the pulp because it remains supported by the surrounding tissues.
A root canal is necessary when infection or inflammation affects the tooth’s pulp. This is often caused by defective crowns, structural damage to the tooth, or deep cavities. When this inflammation isn’t treated, pain or even a dental abscess can develop.
During the root canal procedure, our dentist will remove the infected or inflamed pulp while cleaning and disinfecting the tooth. Then, the tooth is filled with gutta percha, a rubber-like material. A natural-looking crown is then placed upon the affected tooth, allowing you to chew and speak normally. Our dentists use anesthetic throughout the procedure, so you’ll remain comfortable as your tooth is repaired.
Do I Need a Root Canal Dentist or Endodontist?
When root canal therapy is recommended, you may wonder where you can see a dentist that specializes in this procedure. Simple root canals often can be performed by a general dentist, but more complex cases may need to be addressed by an endodontist. Teeth with multiple canals and complex canal systems, including molars, may need to be treated by an endodontist. Our dentist will examine your teeth and determine if treatment can be administered at our practice. We’ll provide you with a treatment plan and explain the available options. Don’t sacrifice your dental health – call us now to learn more about root canal therapy.
How Much Do Root Canals Cost?
Our dentists and team members know that cost is a primary concern when a root canal is recommended. However, a root canal is a procedure that shouldn’t be delayed. Without treatment, your damaged tooth may cause complications or need to be extracted. Dental infections also can spread to other areas of the neck or face if left untreated.
Typically, the cost of a root canal is determined by several factors, including the condition of your teeth and which tooth requires treatment. The cost also includes the procedure itself and the accompanying dental crown. Fortunately, most insurance plans offer coverage for root canals because they are necessary to restore dental health. However, every plan is different, so be sure to consult with your insurance company to discover your options.
Affordable root canals are possible with the help of our dental office. We’ll work with your insurance company, maximizing your coverage and filing claims on your behalf. Even if you don’t have insurance, we may be able to help you find an affordable solution. A great option for budget-conscious patients, our dental payment plans allow you to repay the balance over several installments.
If extensive tooth decay or inflammation is affecting your quality of life, don’t delay treatment. Call our office today to find out whether a root canal can restore your smile. We will schedule you an appointment to meet with one of our experienced dentists so you can start getting your dental health back on track quickly.