Years ago, people who had damaged or infected pulp inside their tooth had a dentist pull the tooth because the pain was unbearable. Today, dental professionals offer root canal therapy, which stops the pain and allows patients to keep their natural tooth. You do not have to settle for an extraction, unless you delay seeing a dentist, then the dentist may have to pull your tooth to prevent an infection from spreading. We are experienced root canal therapy providers at Brush32 of Belterra. Call us to schedule an appointment if you are in severe pain and you are interested in preserving your tooth.
The Root Canal Procedure
Do not worry if a dentist suggests a root canal therapy. A root canal is a routine procedure used to treat an infected tooth that is causing you great pain. Millions of people have root canal treatments each year, which were almost always necessitated by decay or an accident. Our dentist in Belterra delivers a virtually painless experience that lets you keep your natural tooth. Nothing lets you chew as easily as a natural tooth does, nor does anything look as good as your natural tooth. Call our office today to make an appointment for a root canal consultation.
What Is a Root Canal Procedure?
The root canal procedure starts with you receiving a local anesthetic and waiting for your tooth and the surrounding gum to become numb. At any time during your root canal, you can let our dentist know if you need more anesthetic. Our dentist will place a rubber dam around the tooth he or she is working on, both to prevent saliva from getting into the canal and to keep any infected pulp from touching your other teeth.
The dentist makes a small opening in the crown of your tooth, and then he or she extracts the infected pulp using tools called files, which look like pipe cleaners. The nerves that have been causing you so much pain are in the infected pulp, along with blood vessels and connective tissue.
Once the dentist removes the infected pulp, he or she cleans and then fills the empty canals with gutta percha, a biocompatible material. The hole is then sealed and the procedure is almost complete. You may feel slight pain afterwards, but it will go away in a day or two. Avoid biting down on anything hard until the temporary filling is replaced with a permanent restoration, if this does not happen at your first appointment. After a root canal procedure, your tooth might be more brittle, so give it a little extra care.
To protect the tooth, a permanent restoration, usually a crown, will be placed after the root canal procedure. If you practice good oral hygiene, your investment in a root canal and crown could last a lifetime.
Should I Make an Appointment with a Root Canal Dentist or Endodontist?
When you need a root canal, you should know that we have skilled root canal dentists at our practice in Belterra. Our dental professionals focus is on performing root canal and other endodontic procedures successfully and promptly. General dentists often perform simple root canals; however, our dentists will refer you to an endodontist for complex root canals, such as those for molars.
Make an appointment to see our root canal dentist and he or she will assess your tooth and determine if we can do the root canal here. If you are experiencing severe tooth pain, don’t hesitate to call us to schedule an appointment.
What Will a Root Canal Treatment Cost?
We cannot tell you what your root canal will cost until you see one of our dentists for an exam and to have X-rays taken. Our root canal estimate will depend on which tooth needs the work, whether a dentist or endodontist performs the root canal and the condition of the tooth. Additionally, there may be issues that the X-ray did not show. Your final restoration may alter slightly the cost, but this is usually included in the overall estimate.
Many dental insurance policies will cover all or part of your root canal cost, but be sure to check with your provider before making any final decisions. We can help you determine the extent of your coverage and what you’ll pay out-of-pocket. We have financing options available if you are uninsured or if your insurance does not cover root canals.
Call today to schedule your appointment with one of our qualified and professional dentists.