With today’s root canal treatment options, extraction is no longer the only choice for patients with infected, decayed or inflamed teeth. Root canal therapy is a great way to restore your smile and preserve your natural teeth, even if your tooth’s nerve is damaged. Our dentists are experienced in providing root canals and endodontics, so if you’re experiencing tooth or gum pain, give our office a quick call.
Root Canal Procedure
If our dentists determine that you’re a good candidate for root canal therapy, we’ll outline the procedure for you and answer your questions. The procedure is very straightforward and usually painless, allowing you to improve your oral health and recover your tooth’s function.
What Is Root Canal Therapy?
Hearing that you may need root canal therapy shouldn’t make you fearful. Millions of people benefit from root canals each year, and anesthesia keeps you comfortable while your dentist is restoring your tooth and oral health.
Beneath each tooth’s enamel and dentin layers is a softer tissue called pulp. Sometimes, the pulp is referred to as the tooth’s nerves because it contains nerve tissue, connective tissue and blood vessels. This tissue extends down into the tooth’s roots, helping the roots to grow during the early stages of tooth development. Once a tooth erupts through the gums, pulp isn’t vital to a tooth’s structure since surrounding tissue can support a developed tooth.
When that pulp becomes infected or inflamed, your dentist may recommend root canal therapy. Pulp infections can be a result of decay that spreads into the tooth’s pulp chamber or roots. It can also be caused by missing fillings, faulty crowns, cracks in the tooth and other injuries to the tooth’s structure. If the infection isn’t removed and the inflammation treated, you may suffer a serious abscess.
Your dentist will remove that infected or inflamed pulp as part of the root canal procedure. Once the infected tissue is removed, the area is cleaned, disinfected and filled with a biocompatible material to seal the roots. A natural-looking crown is used to cover the tooth and protect it from further decay and infection. The crown restores your ability to eat, speak and smile with confidence.
What Is a Root Canal Dentist?
While most simple root canals can be conducted by a general dentist, an endodontist is a dentist that specializes in root canals. Generally, endodontists handle more complicated root canals and situations involving complex tooth roots. Molars usually have multiple root canals, so endodontists often perform those procedures too. Our mission is to provide you with the right care for your specific needs, so our dentists will assess your teeth to establish whether or not your root canal therapy should be completed in our office. We’ll also develop your care plan and give you an estimate of the total costs. If you’re suffering from a painful tooth or swollen gums, call our office today. We’ll schedule you for an evaluation and help you get started on the path to better oral health.
How Much Does Root Canal Treatment Cost?
Some of the factors that determine the cost of your root canal include how severely your tooth is affected and which tooth is involved. Your cost estimate usually includes two parts: the cost of the actual root canal procedure and the cost of the crown that is placed atop your treated tooth.
Root canals are medically necessary procedures, so most insurance providers cover the treatment at least partially. Coverage fluctuates widely depending on the insurance provider and your specific plan, but you can check with your provider for exact details of your benefits. We’ll also coordinate with your insurance company to make sure that you receive the most coverage allowed.
If you don’t have insurance, we can also help you explore affordable treatment solutions. We may link you to a dental savings plan that provides discounts on treatments like root canals, and we often offer dental payment plans that break down your balance into easy-to-manage installments.
We understand how important your teeth are to your overall health, and we’re committed to helping you get the treatment you need. Give us a quick call today, and we’ll help you find the path to a better, healthier smile.