Many years ago, people were much more susceptible to losing their teeth when they were damaged or decayed. Today, we know that receiving a root canal treatment can lead to numerous benefits and allow patients to retain original teeth. Root canal treatments may contribute to your overall health, not just your oral health as they can prevent the infection from spreading. If you have been looking for root canal treatment in Round Rock, call our office to schedule your appointment.
The Root Canal Procedure
Do you fear that you need a root canal? Don’t worry, modern root canals are painless procedures that are nothing like they were in the past. Compared to the pain of an inflamed nerve in your tooth, your root canal will seem pleasant in comparison. Once you receive the anesthetic before the procedure and the excruciating pain stops, you will feel a great relief. If you’re tired of the pain, contact us to schedule your appointment.
What Happens During a Typical Root Canal Procedure?
During your root canal procedure, our dentist will:
- Numb the tooth and gum by administering a local anesthetic
- Surround the tooth with a rubber dam to keep the tooth dry and clean
- Drill a hole in the tooth to reach the canals
- Use small root canal files to clean the canals
- Flush away debris
- Fill the canals with an inert, rubber-like compound
- Close the hole
You may feel minor pain or discomfort for a day or two after having a root canal treatment. Our dentist can suggest an OTC pain reliever.
In some cases, your dentist will put a temporary filler the canals and have you come back to have the canals filled with a more permanent solution. You will need either a large filling or a crown on a subsequent visit to give the tooth strength, some dentists perform this service at the same time your get your root canal. In the meantime, the newly restored tooth is susceptible to fracture, so be careful to chew only soft food on the side where you had the procedure. With a crown and good oral hygiene habits, the tooth will should remain functional for decades.
Is Visiting an Endodontist First Better Than Visiting a Root Canal Dentist?
It’s your choice, although your dental insurance may require you to visit a dentist first and then obtain a referral to see a specialist. There is a reason for this; you may not need a root canal or your tooth may have to be extracted because it is too badly infected or decayed. Our dentist can decide if a root canal is a viable option after viewing your X-rays. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment with our root canal dentist.
General dentists, especially those who focus on root canals like our dentists do, are skilled at simple root canals. If our dentist decides that you have an unusual canal anatomy or your root canal promises to be complicated, he or she will refer you to an endodontist.
Why Do Root Canal Costs Vary Among Patients?
Our affordable fees do vary among our patients because everyone’s situation is unique. If you have dental insurance, it is likely that you will pay significantly less than one of our uninsured patients. Dental insurance typically covers root canal treatments that are necessary to save your tooth. We’ll do everything we can to help you get the maximum benefits from your plan.
Moreover, our fee for a root canal is determined by the location of the tooth and condition the tooth is in right now. Call our office to schedule an examination and X-ray. Our dentist cannot quote a price without looking at your X-ray and examining your teeth.
A root canal treatment can be an unexpected expense; however, our convenient payment options can help you spread the payments out over several months. A root canal procedure may not be beyond your reach after all. Contact us for details.
Delaying a root canal treatment can be dangerous, as the infection can quickly become more severe and you need to rid your tooth of the infection before it spreads. We don’t want to see you opt for an extraction instead of a root canal treatment. Having a missing tooth in your mouth may cause your other teeth to shift. These are two good reasons to call us and make your appointment today to talk to one of our dentists about root canal treatment.