Root canals are nothing to be afraid of; in fact, the procedure can save your tooth and save your smile. Root canals also stop the toothache that is bothering you so much that it is keeping you awake at night. Don’t suffer any longer with disruptive tooth pain. Contact our office for root canal therapy in Downtown Austin.
The Root Canal Procedure
If you’ve been told you need a root canal don’t delay, even if the pain went away. People who need a root canal to remove infected pulp but do not get one, are at risk for serious complications, including sepsis and a host of other potentially fatal problems.
What Goes on During a Root Canal?
A root canal is a simple, routine procedure that will cause you very little discomfort. Patients find that the root canal procedure was worth it when they leave the office pain free. During a root canal treatment, our dentist will remove the pulp from inside the canals in the root of your tooth. This is done through a small hole he or she drilled in the crown. Next, the canals are washed, disinfected and filled with gutta percha. Our dentist then will fill the hole with a filling. In some cases the dentist will use a temporary filling and you will need to come back and have the permanent restoration placed.
Do General Dentists Perform Root Canals?
Yes, general dentists perform root canals. However, a general dentist will refer advanced or complicated root canals to endodontists. An endodontist is a dentist who specializes in treating the interior of teeth. During your examination, our dentist will let you know if he or she can perform your root canal procedure in our office. If your root canal treatment is performed by an endodontist, the procedure will cost more, since endodontists handle the most complicated root canals.
What Is the Average Cost for a Root Canal?
While some practices publish their cost, we do not because it varies from patient to patient and we don’t want to mislead anyone. A person may count on the published price and then discover that that price does not include X-rays, the final restoration or an extra visit to clear up an infection.
Our dentist will explain your root canal cost after an examination and looking at your X-rays. This is the fair way to give you an accurate estimate. The tooth also plays a major role in the cost because a front tooth has only one canal, but back teeth have more canals that the dentist would have to clean and fill.
We accept most major dental insurance plans, and for our uninsured patients, we can offer dental payment plans. Call us today to schedule your exam with one of our root canal dentists.