Root Canal Procedure
Severely decayed or damaged teeth can cause pain, make it difficult to chew or speak properly, and make you embarrassed to smile. In the past, teeth with significant decay or nerve damage were typically extracted. Today, endodontic techniques, such as root canals, make it possible for dentists to restore and preserve the tooth. If you have a damaged tooth or are experiencing tooth pain, call our office in San Antonio for an appointment with one of our root canal dentists. We offer root canal therapy and other endodontic services that can eliminate your oral pain and put you on the road toward better oral health.
What Is a Root Canal Therapy Procedure?
Root canals are an effective and straightforward way to improve the health, appearance, and function of damaged or diseased teeth. Even heavily damaged teeth can often be preserved with root canal therapy. Your dentist will perform a comprehensive oral examination to determine if a root canal is the appropriate treatment for your dental issues. If so, we will go over your treatment options in detail and answer any questions that you may have about the procedure. Following the procedure, your restored teeth will allow you to smile with confidence and eat without pain.
The visible layers of the tooth cover soft tissue known as pulp. During tooth development, the blood vessels, connective tissue, and nerves of the pulp help to support the tooth and aid in root growth. Once the tooth is fully developed, it no longer requires the pulp to survive since it is supported by the surrounding tissue.
Root canals are normally performed when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected. Faulty crowns, damage to the tooth from trauma, and decay can all cause the pulp to become diseased or inflamed. If the underlying cause of the inflammation is not treated, the pain will worsen. It is also possible to develop abscesses or other complications.
The root canal procedure involves removing the diseased pulp and cleaning the inside of the tooth to remove any infection. Once the tooth is cleaned and disinfected, it is filled with a rubber-like material called gutta percha and topped with a crown. This process reinforces the structure of the tooth so that it looks and functions like a natural tooth. The dentist will administer an anesthetic to minimize any discomfort. Most of our patients find that a root canal is no more uncomfortable than a standard filling.
What Type of Dentist Performs Root Canals?
It is relatively easy to find a dentist that performs root canals. Most general dentists can perform simple root canals. If you need a root canal on a tooth with a complex root system, such as a molar, you may need to see an endodontist. Our San Antonio dentists are root canal experts and are able to assess your teeth to determine if your root canal can be performed in our office. Following your consultation, we will provide you with a personalized treatment plan and give you an estimate of the cost of your treatment. Don’t let tooth pain keep you from enjoying life to the fullest. Call today to schedule an appointment.
What Is the Average Cost of Root Canal Treatment?
We understand that unexpected dental expenses can put a strain on the family budget, so we will work with you to make your treatment as affordable as possible. The final cost varies based on the complexity of the problem and which tooth is affected. However, the cost will include the procedure itself as well as the crown. Root canals are typically considered a medical necessity and are covered by most insurance plans. Of course, dental plans can vary in terms of coverage, so it is a good idea to contact your provider to discuss your benefits in detail. Our staff will work with your insurance provider to ensure that you receive the maximum coverage possible. If you don’t have insurance, we also have various payment plans that allow you to pay for your treatment in multiple installments.
A root canal is not something that can be postponed. Without treatment, you can experience tooth loss, and the infection can spread to other parts of your face and neck. Call today for more information about our endodontic services.