Root canal treatment can help save a damaged, diseased or infected tooth that would have had to be extracted in years past. Our dentists have experience and training in root canal therapy and other endodontic treatments, helping to restore smiles and improve patient’s oral health. If you experience tooth or gum pain, or if you suspect your tooth is infected, gives us a call.
Root Canal Procedure
Root canal procedures can even help patients with severely damaged teeth. Our dentists will examine your teeth, and if your situation can be helped with root canal therapy, we’ll spend some time explaining the procedure. We’ll also answer any questions you may have, helping you to make an informed decision about restoring your smile and achieving better oral health.
What’s the Procedure for a Root Canal?
While it may sound scary when your dentist recommends a root canal, there’s no need to fear the procedure. Anesthesia is used so that you’re comfortable throughout this straightforward procedure. In fact, millions of people each year enjoy renewed oral health and restored tooth function thanks to root canal procedures.
Beneath each tooth’s enamel and dentin layers is a pulp chamber and tooth roots containing a softer tissue called pulp. The pulp is made of nerves, connective tissue and blood vessels, and it’s important to the development of the tooth. A fully formed tooth can survive without the pulp because surrounding tissue is supportive.
A root canal may be necessary when decay or infection reaches the tooth’s pulp. Infection can be caused by decay that extends deep into the tooth, a faulty filling, a broken tooth or another type of structural damage. It can often be painful, and it can result in swelling in the gums and eventually a dental abscess.
Your dentist will perform root canal therapy by drilling a very small hole in your tooth’s enamel, then carefully cleaning out the infected tooth pulp. Once the infected pulp is gone, your dentist will clean and disinfect the root canals and fill them with a material called gutta percha. Gutta percha is a rubber-like material that is biocompatible for most people. A crown is then made to cover the tooth, providing protection to the tooth and giving you a natural-looking, functional tooth that restores your smile’s confidence.
What Type of Root Canal Dentist Is Needed?
Dentists that specialize in root canals are called endodontists, but many simple root canals can be performed by general dentists. Endodontists are trained to perform more complicated root canals, including root canals on molars’ multiple roots. We want you to receive the best care possible, so if you’re experiencing tooth or gum pain, call us right away. Our dentists will evaluate your teeth, design a customized treatment plan for you and provide you with a cost estimate. We’ll also determine whether your root canal can be performed in our office.
What Are Root Canal Treatment Costs?
It’s common to worry, “How much is a root canal going to cost?” Worrying about those costs and letting them get in the way of seeking the treatment you need can be harmful to your health. Untreated tooth infections can lead to tooth loss or a serious dental abscess. Untreated infections can also spread to your face and neck, and your infection-related pain will continue until the infected pulp is removed.
The actual cost of a root canal is based on which tooth is affected and the scope of the infection. When your dentist estimates your root canal price, both the cost of the procedure and the cost of the crown are usually included.
If you have insurance, you should know that most insurance providers cover root canals at least in part. Coverage amounts are different for each plan, but you can find more specific coverage information from your provider. We want you to receive your maximum benefits, so we work with your insurance provider closely to file claims.
We also may be able to help you discover other affordable solutions, especially if you don’t have dental insurance. If one payment is too much for you, our dental payment plans may provide the answer by allowing you to repay your balance over a series of installments. We may also participate in a dental savings plan that reduces your out-of-pocket expenses.
If you have extensive tooth decay, we can help relieve your pain and get you back on track to a healthier smile. We’re here to help, so contact us today for an appointment.