When the soft interior of your tooth becomes infected, a root canal is necessary to eliminate the infection and stop it from recurring. The infection could come from a deep, untreated cavity or a crack that reaches the pulp. Root canal treatment at our office in Hutto will stop the intense pain you are experiencing, while preserving your tooth. Having your tooth extracted should be a last resort only. A root canal can preserve your smile as well as your tooth.
The Root Canal Procedure
Many of our patients ask if a root canal is painful. We tell them that our dentist uses local anesthesia to make the process as pain-free as possible. People say that having a root canal is no more painful than having a cavity filled. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment.
We specialize in root canals and other endodontic treatments. The infection that is causing you severe pain is not going to go away on its own. Unchecked dental infections may lead to serious consequences that affect your overall health. In rare cases, dental infections are fatal. Do not delay treatment, our affordable services are accessible to most. We want our patients to be able to experience good dental health.
What Does a Root Canal Involve?
Our dentist begins with an examination and studying an X-ray of your tooth to determine if root canal treatment is your best option. You can ask our dentist any questions about the procedure before he or she begins.
Next, our dentist numbs the tooth and gum before applying a rubber dental dam to the tooth he or she is working on to protect the tooth and to keep it free from saliva. Next, our dentist will drill a small access hole in the crown to remove the infected pulp. He or she cleans the canals and fills them with an inert, rubbery material called gutta percha. After sealing the hole, our dentist will ask you to return once the site heals for a permanent restoration, usually a crown, to give the tooth additional structural integrity.
You may feel slight discomfort for a few days after your first visit, but the intense pain will be gone. If you do feel pain or pressure that does not go away weeks after the procedure, you need to get in touch with our dental office for further treatment. For a little while after the root canal, try not to bite down on anything hard with the tooth.
Root canals have a high success rate, up to 90 percent. A root canal may fail and you will need to undergo treatment again, although this is rare. If you follow our dentist’s advice regarding your final restoration, there is a very good chance that your root canal will be successful.
Do I See a Dentist or an Endodontist for My Root Canal?
You can start by visiting a dentist who will give you an exam and take an X-ray of the area. If a root canal is the best option to save your tooth, a root canal dentist will usually perform the procedure to alleviate your pain. If your case is especially complicated, our dentist will refer you to an endodontist. Endodontists are specialist dentists who treat dental pulp and are better equipped to perform successful operations on complex cases.
How Much Is Root Canal Treatment?
The location of the tooth affects the root canal price you will pay, along with the severity of the infection or degree of inflammation. We do not quote prices over the phone because one of our root canal dentists would have to examine your tooth first. Moreover, we cannot tell what type of permanent restoration you would need; our dentist will speak to you about your final cost after your exam is complete.
If you have dental insurance, you may have coverage for root canal treatments, which would lower your final cost. We understand that cost in a concern, but it shouldn’t keep you from having a medically necessary root canal treatment. We offer a financing option that may help you spread the cost over several months.
Having the tooth pulled may cost less initially; however, replacing a missing tooth with a bridge or an implant will cost more in the end. To preserve your tooth, contact our office to schedule your appointment with our root canal dentist.