Are you experiencing oral pain that is seriously impacting your daily life? If so, then you may have damaged or infected nerves in your tooth. While this condition used to lead to tooth extractions, nowadays dentists have the ability to save teeth through a simple procedure known as a root canal. Ideal Dental of Aliana has experience providing our patients with effective root canal treatments. If you or a loved one may need a root canal, give us a call as soon as possible.
Root Canal Procedure
Our knowledgeable dentists in Richmond make it a point to try to save your natural teeth whenever possible. Root canals are a routine, painless procedure that will restore your smile to a healthier and happier state of being.
What Does a Root Canal Procedure Entail?
Many people get anxious when they are told that they need to have a root canal treatment. Understanding that root canal therapy is a routine procedure that is performed every day by dentists across the United States, should help to ease some of your anxiety over the treatment process.
In order to understand what a root canal is, it is important that you understand the basic anatomy of a tooth. Your teeth are made up of materials called white enamel and dentin. Inside of each of your teeth is a soft tissue called pulp. This tissue is made up of connective tissue, blood vessels, and nerves that assist the root of the tooth in growing during the development process. A fully-grown tooth can survive without the pulp because the tissue around the tooth grows strong enough to support the tooth on its own.
Extreme decay, faulty crowns or structural damage can cause the pulp to become inflamed or infected. This causes oral pain and can even lead to the formation of a dental abscess. Root canals address the source of the pain and get your teeth back to a healthy state almost immediately after the procedure.
The root canal itself is fairly painless. Our dentists will ensure that you remain comfortable and relaxed throughout the treatment. During the surgery, the dentist will remove the problematic pulp, disinfect the inside of the tooth, fill it with a rubbery material and then place a dental crown over the tooth. Dental crowns are natural looking appliances that will protect the tooth while also allowing you to eat and talk naturally.
Should I See a Root Canal Dentist or an Oral Surgeon?
A common question from our patients is whether they should see their regular dentist or an oral surgeon for their root canal. In most cases, your regular dentist will be able to do your root canal therapy. At your initial visit, our dentist will assess your teeth and decide whether or not you should be referred to an oral surgeon. Oral surgeons can assist with more complicated cases where the impacted teeth have several canals that will need to be treated. To find out whether you can be treated at our office or if you will need to be treated by a specialist, book a consultation with our dentists.
What Will I Pay for a Root Canal?
The amount that you will owe after your root canal will depend on how extensive your procedure was. The location of the tooth in question also plays a factor in your total bill.
Our patients are often concerned about how they will pay for their dental care bills. That’s why our practice accepts a variety of dental insurance providers. Our staff has a great deal of experience in filing claims in a way that ensures that our patients receive all of the coverage that they are entitled to under their plans. If you are unsure about what your plan covers, contact your dental insurance provider. Most plans offer coverage for root canal treatments.
At our practice, we understand that you may not have access to dental insurance. If this is the case, feel free to speak to us about our flexible financing options. We often allow our patients to set up a monthly payment plan so that they can afford getting the treatment they need.
No matter how severe your decay or infection may be, it is important that you get it treated as soon as possible. Ignoring the problem will only lead to more serious issues down the road. Get your dental health back on track by booking an appointment with one of our dentists in Richmond today.