Root Canal Procedure
Infection and inflammation of the internal pulp of a tooth can cause oral pain and threaten the health of the surrounding teeth. Instead of extraction, our dentists are able to use root canals and other endodontic therapies to save diseased teeth. Call Brush32 of South Lamar today to find out if a root canal can help you restore your smile.
What Do You Need to Know About Root Canals?
A root canal is a straightforward procedure designed to help patients achieve a healthy, properly functioning smile. In fact, millions of teeth are saved each year with root canal therapy. Most patients undergo a root canal to alleviate oral pain and restore one or more severely damaged teeth. Once the dentist determines that you are a candidate for root canal therapy, we will go over your treatment plan in detail and answer any questions that you may have about the process.
What Can I Expect During a Root Canal?
There are many myths and misconceptions about root canals, including that they are outrageously expensive or incredibly painful. In reality, root canals are used routinely to restore badly decayed or damaged teeth and eliminate pain. Most patients experience minimal discomfort during the procedure, so there is no need to feel afraid.
The pulp of the tooth is the soft tissue located under the enamel and dentin. The pulp promotes root growth as the tooth is developing and contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue. A fully developed tooth gets adequate support from the surrounding tissue and no longer needs the pulp to survive.
A root canal is performed when the pulp becomes diseased or inflamed to eliminate pain or prevent the infection from spreading. The pulp can become infected or inflamed as the result of severe decay, structural damage to the tooth, or faulty crowns or other dental fixtures.
Before starting the root canal, the dentist will administer an anesthetic to minimize any discomfort. A hole is drilled through the top of the tooth so that the diseased tissue can be removed and the root cavity cleaned thoroughly to remove any infection. To reinforce the structural integrity of the tooth, the empty root canals are filled with a rubber-like substance called gutta percha, and the tooth is fitted with a crown. The crown looks and functions like a natural tooth, so you can eat and speak normally.
Do I Need to See an Endodontist for a Root Canal?
Simple root canals are often performed by general dentists. Root canals on teeth with complex or multiple root systems, such as molars, may require the services of a root canal specialist or endodontist. If you are experiencing oral pain, we recommend scheduling a consultation with one of our dentists to determine if you are a candidate for a root canal and whether the procedure can be performed in our clinic. Our dentists and staff will help you find the most appropriate treatment plan and go over your costs and payment options.
Are Root Canals Expensive?
The cost of a root canal can vary from patient to patient based on the severity of the tooth damage as well as the type and number of teeth affected. In general, the cost of a root canal includes the cost of the basic procedure as well as the cost for the crown. We understand that most patients are concerned about costs; however, putting off a root canal can lead to tooth loss and extensive damage to the surrounding teeth that requires more aggressive and expensive treatments to correct.
Budget concerns are the primary reason why most people put off going to a dentist, so we strive to make our services as affordable as possible. Most dental insurance plans consider root canals a medical necessity and cover all or part of the cost. It is always a good idea to contact your insurance provider before scheduling your appointment to verify your coverage options. We partner with a number of the most popular insurance plans and will work with your provider to maximize your coverage. If you do not have insurance or have costs that are not covered by your plan, we do offer convenient payment plans to make the expense more manageable.
You should not give up on your oral health just because you have multiple dental issues or severe decay or infection. Our dentists can help you begin a journey toward a healthier and more beautiful smile. If you are experiencing oral pain, call our office today to learn more about our endodontic services and to find out if you are a candidate for a root canal.