Severe pain and swelling in the gums is usually a sign of a serious problem with one or more of your teeth. If you are experiencing acute pain, unexplained swelling or drainage or extreme sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, you may be suffering from an infection of the pulp of your tooth. Our dental practice can perform an exam and provide an accurate diagnosis of your dental issue. If we find you have an infection in the root of your tooth, our dentists are qualified to perform root canal treatments in Kingwood.
The Basics of a Standard Root Canal Procedure
- A tooth consists of several different structural components that include the following:
- The outer layer, known as the enamel of the tooth
- An inner layer of dentin
- The roots of the tooth
- The pulp of the tooth, which contains nerves and blood vessels
When an infection develops in the pulp or roots of the tooth, it can put pressure on nerve endings and cause severe and sometimes debilitating pain. Removing the pulp can relieve this pain quickly. A standard root canal procedure involves removing the pulp, consisting of blood vessels, connective tissue and nerves to create a hollow tooth of empty roots and an outer shell of enamel and dentin.
Overview of the Root Canal Procedure
- If you suspect that you may have an infection of the roots or pulp of a tooth, a trip to our office can provide you with the answers you need. The root canal treatment process generally involves the following steps:
- Your first visit will require X-rays and a full examination to determine the precise location and cause of the problem. We will assess the condition of your teeth and will provide you with a precise diagnosis for your current dental issues.
- If necessary, your dentist will prescribe medication to treat your infection and to provide relief from pain.
- Your dentist will drill a hole or expand an existing opening to gain access to the center of the tooth. He or she will then use advanced dental tools to remove the pulp and nerves, eliminating the pain and stopping the infection in its tracks. Any blood vessels will be sealed off to prevent bleeding.
- A sealant will then be packed into the tooth to fill the empty space. This will prevent future infections and will provide added support for the outer shell of your tooth.
- Your dentist will close the hole in your tooth with a filling. You may also need a crown to protect a severely damaged tooth and to ensure that you can chew and bite without any future issues.
Time Is of the Essence
Seeking immediate treatment for dental infections can prevent serious complications that could include damage to the bone of the jaw, issues with adjacent teeth and even the spread of the infection to other areas of the body. By making an appointment with our office right away, you can avoid these very real threats to your physical and dental health.
Should I See an Endodontist or a Root Canal Dentist?
The choice between an endodontist and a root canal specialist depends on your own preferences and the recommendation of our dental team. We can provide practical and cost-effective options for your root canal procedure when you don’t have a complicated case. This can allow you to enjoy optimal flexibility when managing the financial aspects of your dental care and can ensure that you receive the best treatment for your specific set of needs. If you do have a complicated case or need a root canal performed on a molar tooth, we will most likely refer you to an endodontist.
How Much Will My Root Canal Treatment Cost?
Although we cannot provide you with an estimate of your costs before examining your teeth in our office, our dentists and administrative team will work with you to determine a cost-effective approach to your dental care. We strive diligently to provide you with affordable options for root canal treatment in Kingwood.
If you are currently covered under a dental plan, we will work with your insurance company to lower your out-of-pocket expenses. We will also make sure that your insurer covers as much of the cost as dictated by your insurance policy. For those without insurance, we offer dental payment plans to suit your budget and your needs. Call us today to discuss your options and to schedule an appointment with us. We look forward to the chance to serve you and your family.