If you have a painful tooth that is severely damaged, infected or decayed, it is possible that one of our dentists can save your tooth using root canal therapy. Contact our office in The Woodlands to see how we can help you get rid on the pain while preserving your smile.
The Root Canal Procedure
One of our dentists will determine if you are a good candidate for root canal therapy after examining your tooth and your X-rays. If so, he or she will discuss the procedure and any alternative treatments available, such as extraction. While no dentist wants to pull a tooth if there is an alternative treatment, we will present you with all of your options so you can make an informed choice. An extraction is not the most economical option either; replacing a tooth is expensive. Ask any questions that you have and you will always receive an honest answer from a root canal dentist at Ideal Dental of Augusta Pines. Call our office today to schedule your appointment. We always welcome new patients.
What Happens During Root Canal Therapy?
If the pulp inside your tooth is inflamed or infected, the pulp has to come out. There is no way to save it, but you can save the tooth with a painless treatment. Root canal therapy has a reputation as being very painful, but this is simply not true. The procedure can take an hour or more; ask our dentist so you can plan accordingly.
During root canal therapy, our dentist will remove the pulp by pulling it through a small hole that has been drilled in your tooth, working with special magnifying equipment. Our dentist will clean and disinfect the now empty canals, filling them with gutta percha afterwards. This is a safe, rubbery material that permanently seals the canal so no infection can get in. The small hole is closed with a temporary filling until the permanent restoration, usually a crown, is fabricated. Everything is done under a local anesthetic administered by our dentist. You should not feel any pain.
How Would I Know If I Need a Root Canal Dentist or a Specialist?
Since only a dental professional can determine if you need root canal treatment, you should start by seeing a dentist, who will charge less than a specialist, such as an endodontist. There are dentists, such as those at our practice, who primarily do root canals. Our dentists are skilled at performing root canal treatments; however, they will refer complicated cases to a specialist. Call us today to arrange an appointment with one of our dentists. He or she can tell you if you do need a root canal, and if so, if the procedure can be done here. If possible, we will try to do the procedure after the examination, especially if you are in severe pain.
How Much Would a Root Canal Set Me Back?
Understandably, some of our patients are concerned about what their root canal will cost. This isn’t a procedure that you can avoid; if your tooth’s pulp is infected, that infection can spread, causing serious complications. We base your root canal cost on the location of the tooth, the severity of the damage or infection and what type of restoration you will need to complete the treatment.
Many dental insurance plans will cover root canal procedures because they are a necessary dental treatment. Plans do vary; always verify your coverage with your dental insurance provider first. We can assist you with understanding how much of the cost your insurance company will pay. Unfortunately, dental problems usually occur when you don’t have the money for them. We do offer payment plans as well that will help you to budget for the procedure by spreading out the cost over several months. Call our office to make an appointment to see our root canal dentist. He or she will examine your tooth and have X-rays taken. After our dentist has a clearer picture of what you will need, he or she can tell you what the procedure will cost.
Schedule your appointment today and take the first step toward better oral health. We look forward to making your pain go away.