If you have severe tooth pain and the gum near the tooth is swelling, you may need a root canal. The term root canal comes from cleaning the infected pulp out of the canals that are in a tooth’s roots. The pulp usually is infected by untreated decay or by trauma. At Brush32 of Pflugerville, we save teeth with root canal procedures that alleviate pain and let you keep your natural tooth. Call our office today to schedule your appointment.
The Root Canal Procedure
If you believe that you need a root canal because the pain is intense, call our office to schedule a consultation with our dentist. He or she will take X-rays and decide if root canal therapy is the best option for you. Do not worry, needing a root canal is far more painful than having the procedure done. Root canal treatments are not painful; they stop dental pain for recurring.
What Happens During a Root Canal Procedure?
First, our dentist administers a local anesthetic to numb the tooth and gum(unfortunately, this may involve several needles). Most patients who have had a root canal say it is no more painful than having a cavity filled.
Next, a rubber dam goes over the tooth to prevent bacteria present in saliva from getting into the tooth. Once you are sufficiently numb, our dentist drills a small access cavity in the crown of the tooth to reach the canals. Using small instruments called files, our dentist removes the infected pulp, thoroughly cleans the canals, and then fills them with a biocompatible, rubbery material. A temporary filling goes in the access cavity.
You may feel slight discomfort for a few days after the procedure. Luckily, an over-the-counter pain reliever is enough to ease the discomfort for most people. Try not to bite on any hard foods until our dentist caps the tooth with a crown.
Our dentist will also place a crown over the tooth. The crown gives the tooth added strength. You can get a natural-looking porcelain crown, or a crown made from other materials, such as gold. Our dentist will help you select a crown.
Some patients neglect to return for the crown because the pain stopped or they worry about the additional cost. Without the crown, tooth is weaker and may break easily. It only has a temporary filling that will need to be strengthened by the use of a crown.
Should I See a Root Canal Dentist or a Specialist?
When you come in for your appointment, our dentist will take X-rays and examine the tooth to determine if you need a root canal treatment. If so, he or she will decide if we can do it in our office. General dentists often perform root canals; however, we will refer you to an endodontist if the procedure would be complex. It is usually less expensive to have a general dentist perform the root canal. Call our office to schedule your appointment with our dentist.
What Does Root Canal Therapy Cost?
Our patient’s cost for a root canal varies depending on how many roots the tooth has, the number of canals, the condition of the tooth and which type of dental professional performs the procedure. One of our experienced root canal dentists will give you an estimate of your total root canal treatment cost after an examination.
Dental insurance plans generally cover root canals, as the procedure is necessary for your oral health. If you have insurance, check your policy to determine what percentage of the cost your insurance company will pay. We can help you figure out what your out-of-pocket expenses will be after your examination.
If you ignore your pain, it will not go away. When this happens, the infection is still there, but the nerves in the pulp will eventually die, resulting in a different color tooth, pain in the gums or other symptoms. You still need a root canal and the infection could spread and cause serious complications.
If you are uninsured and need a root canal, we understand that you are worried about the cost. We may be able to help you spread out the payments with our financing options. Contact us to learn more and to make an appointment with one of our root canal dentists.