Root canal therapy is one of today’s most effective treatments for saving teeth with damaged nerves. In the past, a severely diseased tooth would need to be extracted, but modern root canal procedures provide a better option. If you have severe oral pain or if you think you may have a tooth that is infected, give our office a call. Our dentists are skilled at endodontics and root canal treatments that help you regain your oral health and keep your natural teeth.
Root Canal Procedure
Our dentists may be able to help even if your tooth is seriously damaged or infected. If a root canal is recommended for you, our dentists will spend some time explaining the procedure to you, answering your questions and outlining the potential benefits of the treatment. Keep reading for more information about what to expect during a root canal.
What Happens During a Root Canal?
There’s no need to fear a root canal. It is a straightforward procedure that helps millions of patients each year. You’ll stay comfortable and pain-free throughout the treatment, thanks to the use of a local anesthetic.
Your tooth is composed of several parts that are important during root canal therapy. Your tooth’s outermost layer of enamel covers the tooth’s dentin. That dentin feeds into a deeper tooth pulp that is a softer tissue full of nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue. The nerve-filled pulp extends down into the tooth’s roots.
If that pulp becomes infected by decay or inflamed by disease, a root canal is necessary to save the tooth and restore your oral health. Some of the conditions that can cause this type of infection include deep tooth decay, a crack in the tooth, a loose filling or a faulty crown. This deep infection often causes intense pain, and if it’s not treated, it can lead to a dental abscess.
During root canal procedures, our dentist removes the infected tooth pulp and disinfects the area inside the tooth. A biocompatible, rubber-like material called gutta percha is then used to fill in space where the pulp once was. The tooth is then restored with a customized crown that protects your tooth’s inner structures and restores your ability to eat, speak and smile naturally.
What Type of Dentist or Specialist Performs Root Canals?
Finding the right type of dentist that specializes in root canals is important. Often, simple root canals may be performed by general dentists. You may be referred to an endodontist, though, if your affected tooth has multiple canals, as with a molar, or if your tooth has a complex canal system. Our dentist can determine whether you require a general dentist or an endodontist, a dentist that specializes in root canals. While you’re in our office, we’ll design a treatment plan for you, provide you with a cost estimate, and refer you to an endodontist, if necessary. Getting the care you need for your painful tooth is easy. Simply give us a call today.
What Are the Costs of Root Canal Treatment?
Root canal costs generally depend on which tooth is affected and how severely it is infected. If you have dental insurance, your plan likely covers part of the cost of a root canal. Plan coverage is very diverse, though, so be sure to check with your insurance provider for specific details.
We’re dedicated to helping you find affordable root canal options, so we coordinate closely with your insurance provider. If you don’t have insurance, we’ll strive to find additional solutions for you. Our dental payment plans, for instance, are an easy way to spread the cost out over several installments.
If you have severe tooth decay, don’t delay treatment because you’re worried about how much a root canal is going to cost. We’ll break down your costs into an easy-to-follow estimate, and we’ll work with you to find affordable solutions. Start back on the path to a healthy smile by scheduling an appointment today.