In the past, extraction was the only treatment available for teeth that were badly decayed or damaged. Now, however, root canal treatment is an option. If you have dental pain or have inflammation or an infection in your jaw, call our office in Highland Village and schedule an appointment.
Root Canal Procedure
If one or more of your teeth are severely damaged or decayed and you are experiencing tooth pain, you may need a root canal treatment. This therapy involves removing the damaged or decayed area inside your tooth, and restoring it to a healthy, functional state. Our office performs many root canals and endodontic services for our patients, so call us today in Highland Village and schedule an appointment.
What’s the Procedure for Root Canal Therapy?
If you’re experiencing dental pain or you have swelling and inflammation around one or more of your teeth, call our office in Highland Village today and schedule an appointment. One of our skilled dentists will assess the damage and provide you with a detailed breakdown of the root canal procedure that you’ll need. Root canal treatments are very straightforward procedures and millions of them are done annually throughout the U.S. They restore health and functionality to decayed and damaged teeth and gums, and eliminate pain.
After the initial assessment and your acceptance of the treatment plan, your dentist will remove the decayed and damaged pulp from under your tooth, and clean and disinfect the area. He or she will then fill it with gutta percha, which is a flexible, rubbery substance. If possible, the tooth will be saved. In other cases, you will receive a crown, which will be made of a natural looking substance that will resemble your natural teeth. Your dentist will use anesthetic throughout the root canal procedure so you’ll be as comfortable as possible.
During the growing process, your teeth need the substantial tooth pulp to supply nutrients and blood flow to the area. The pulp contains blood vessels, connective tissue, and nerves that are necessary for growth. When you reach adulthood, the teeth can survive without the pulp because the surrounding tissues will supply any nutrients that are needed. If you have decay, infection, or damage, it’s important to eliminate it so that it does not worsen into an abscess. An abscessed tooth can cause inflammation and infection to spread to other areas of your body and adversely affect your overall health.
Is an Endodontist or a Root Canal Dentist Preferred?
Our dental office in Highland Village is able to provide root canals and endodontics, so one of our skilled dentists can probably perform your root canal treatment. If your treatment is very complex, we may refer you to an outside dentist. Complex root canals can involve more than one canal, multiple teeth, and more, but most general dentists can perform standard root canal procedures.
How Much Will Root Canal Treatment Cost?
The cost of a root canal treatment will vary depending on the complexity of the procedure, the location of the tooth, the individual’s needs, and the insurance plan coverage. You’ll be provided with a detailed breakdown of the cost of the procedure. We advise that you do not delay getting needed root canal therapy because of cost factors. We’ll bill your insurance company for you and ensure that you get the maximum benefit possible from your plan. If your insurance plan doesn’t cover the entire cost, we can bill the balance in affordable monthly payments. If you don’t have dental insurance, we’ll work with you to arrange an affordable payment plan that will enable you to receive the treatment you need.
It’s important that you don’t delay receiving the root canal treatment you need. Your teeth are the first step in your digestive process and help prepare your food for digestion. They also help maintain the integrity of your jaw and the proper alignment of your other teeth. Delaying treatment of your teeth can adversely affect your overall health as well as your oral health. We have several great financing options available. Call our office in Highland Village today and we’ll be happy to answer all your questions and schedule an appointment. Keep your health and your dazzling smile intact by maintaining good oral health. Call us today!