Not too long ago, people with infected teeth went to a dentist and had the tooth pulled. Men and women lived missing teeth until they had the rest of their teeth pulled for dentures. Today, dentists preserve teeth with root canal therapy, helping you avoid gaps in your smile or rotten teeth. To save your tooth, contact our office for root canal treatment in Cinco Ranch. Our practice is devoted to serving patients who need a root canal or another endodontic treatment.
The Root Canal Procedure
The root canal procedure involves a dentist removing the pulp from inside your tooth. The pulp contains tissue, blood vessels and nerves, which can cause you severe pain if the pulp is infected or inflamed. Call our office to schedule an appointment with our root canal dentist, who always makes the procedure as pain-free as possible. Your comfort is important to us. If you begin experiencing pain during the procedure, please inform our dentist. Do not fear having a root canal treatment, it will relieve pain, not cause it. Our patients have told us that a root canal is no more painful than having a tooth filled.
What Is the Root Canal Treatment Process?
Once the local anesthetic takes effect, our dentist will isolate the tooth that he or she will work on to prevent additional bacteria from saliva from getting into the canals. Our dentist will drill a small hole in your tooth next, allowing him or her to access the infected pulp and remove it using special tools and magnifying equipment. Our dentist will clean and re-shape the canals, and then fill them with gutta percha, a biocompatible, inert material. The hole in your tooth will receive a temporary filling.
The process can take an hour or more. You can bring headphone if prefer a distraction. Some of our patients will prefer we let them know what we are doing, explaining each step.
The second part of the root canal process includes a permanent restoration, generally a crown. The crown will allow you to eat and smile with confidence. With the proper care, a tooth that has had root canal therapy can last a lifetime.
Should I See a Dentist that Specializes in Root Canals or an Endodontist?
You can start with a dentist who specializes in root canals to determine if you do need a root canal, especially since toothaches can occur for a number of reasons. Our dentists are proficient at root canal procedures; however, they will refer complex cases to a trusted endodontist. Call our office today to schedule an examination to determine if you need a root canal to relieve your pain and to prevent a dental infection from spreading. Many times, one of our dentists can perform your examination and the root canal procedure the same day. If you are in severe pain, we would like to alleviate it as soon as possible.
How Much Does a Root Canal Cost Without Insurance?
Our patients with dental insurance are fortunate as a root canal is a medically necessary procedure, so it is usually covered. Additionally, we want to make it easy for people without dental insurance to save their tooth so we offer payment plans. Call us to learn more.
Your root canal cost depends on the condition of your tooth and where it is located in your mouth. The fees vary; our dentist can give you a better idea of your cost once he or she has examined your tooth. You may believe that having our dentist pull your tooth is the less expensive alternative; however, replacing a tooth is always more expensive.
You may need a root canal procedure done by one of our skilled dentists if you have severe pain and swollen gums that make it difficult for you to concentrate or sleep at night. There is no need to suffer, so when you call our office, we will try to arrange an appointment for you as soon as possible. If you delay seeking treatment, the infection can become too difficult to treat. At this stage, you would need an extraction to stop it from spreading. For affordable root canals in Cinco Ranch, call our office to schedule your appointment with one of our root canal dentists.