Root canal treatments preserve teeth by removing the dental pulp inside the canals. Once the pulp is infected, it will cause intense pain. If left untreated, the infection may spread. Once an infection is spreading, a dentist may have to extract the tooth to save the surrounding teeth. Nevertheless, most dentists like the root canal dentists in White Settlement, want to save teeth, not pull them. Contact our office if you are experiencing intense tooth pain and gum swelling. We will get you in as quickly as we can.
The Root Canal Procedure
A root canal procedure is a painless procedure done under local anesthetic. A root canal on a front tooth is the quickest procedure due to the relative simplicity of the root system. You will be in the chair longer if our dentist is working on a tooth with more roots, as there will be more canals. Once the pulp, which contains the tooth’s nerves, has been removed from the tooth you cannot feel anything in the tooth. Patients have mentioned how easy and efficient the procedure was for them. The initial part of the procedure typically takes between 60 and 90 minutes. If intense pain has been preventing you from sleeping at night, do not hesitate to call our office for an initial evaluation. It’s time to restore your tooth and eliminate your pain.
What Does Getting Root Canal Therapy Involve?
Root canal therapy saves a tooth by removing the infected pulp from the root canal. A dentist removes the pulp through a small access hole drilled in your tooth. To prevent the infection from returning, the empty canals are filled and sealed. Local anesthesia will prevent you from feeling any pain.
When finished, our dentist will fill the access cavity with a filling or crown. You may need to return to have a crown put on the tooth, as it is more likely to fracture after a root canal. If you need to return for your filling or crown, it is important to do so in a timely manner. After your root canal we think you’ll be pleased with the results and the lack of tooth pain.
Our dentist will remove all of the infected pulp as it is no longer necessary for the tooth to exist with the pulp. The pulp of your tooth is the part that contains connective tissue, nerves and blood vessels. Our dentists are meticulous about removing the infection as this helps prevent root canal failure. If you feel any pain in the area weeks or months after the initial appointment, please contact us right away.
Can I See a Dentist for a Root Canal or Do I Go Right to an Oral Surgeon?
You should see a dentist first as he or she can refer you to the appropriate specialist based on the results of you X-rays and examination.
Serving patients needing root canal treatment is one of our specialties; our dentists have the skill and experience required to perform simple root canals. They will refer certain cases to an endodontist, which is a specialist dentist who treats dental pulp and the interior of teeth. More complicated cases are likely to occur when the infection is severe or the tooth has multiple canals, like molars.
Call our office today to schedule an appointment. One of our root canal dentists will examine your tooth to determine if you can have root canal treatment here at our practice.
What Is the Basis for the Root Canal Price?
We base our fees on the number of roots the affected tooth has and the tooth’s condition. A severely infected tooth may require an extra visit. Your root canal cost also depends on the number of canals that are in each root. This can vary and our dentist cannot determine how many canals are present and the status of the infection without completing an examination and X-ray. Once one of our dentists has looked at your X-rays and examined the tooth, he or she can provide you with an estimate.
Please let us know if you have dental insurance coverage because we accept most major plans. Dental insurance usually covers the majority of the cost of a root canal treatment, but plans do vary widely in coverage. Contact your insurance company to discover what you would pay out-of-pocket.
Facing a root canal without dental insurance does not have to be frightening. Our dental payment plans let patients pay in installments. We understand that few of our patients have the entire amount available all at once. Contact our office to learn more and to schedule an appointment.