When the soft center, or the pulp, of a tooth is infected or decaying, a root canal treatment will preserve the tooth. You may have severe pain and notice an abscess on your gum if you have a dental infection. Our office furnishes affordable root canal treatment in Lake Highlands by our skilled dentists. Root canals are our specialty. Call us today to make an appointment.
The Root Canal Procedure
Root canals are common procedures now because people are realizing the benefits of preserving teeth instead of having them pulled. Having missing teeth in your mouth can affect your speech and your ability to eat certain foods. Some of our patients find that a visible missing tooth is a blow to their self-confidence.
Root canal procedures have an undeserved reputation of being painful. This is far from correct. Most people experience a lot of pain before getting a root canal and find that the procedure relieves the pain. Our dentists employ a local anesthetic to numb your tooth and gum so you feel little or no discomfort. Work out a signal to let your dentist know if you do feel pain so he or she can administer more local anesthetic. If you have any concerns, one of our dentists would be happy to address them.
What Happens During a Root Canal Treatment?
Teeth have three layers. There is the outer white enamel, the dentin and the pulp on the interior. The pulp contains tissue, nerves and blood vessels. These components are necessary for the tooth’s development, but once the tooth is fully developed, the pulp of the tooth is no longer necessary. The tooth will get the necessary nutrients from surrounding tissue. A root canal procedure is needed when that pulp becomes inflamed or infected and must be removed.
During a root canal, our dentist will remove the pulp from inside the canals in the root of your tooth, wash the canal out, and then sterilize them to remove any trace of infection. Once this is done, the canals are filled with a rubbery material called gutta percha. Our dentist will fill the hole he or she drilled to reach the pulp with a temporary filling.
A root canal procedure will save your natural tooth and a dental crown will restore its functionality. The pain will go away and never return, although you may find that your tooth feels sore for a day or two after the procedure. Our dentist may recommend an OTC pain reliever. For more information on your specific procedure, call our office to schedule an appointment.
Do I Need a Root Canal Dentist or a Specialist?
General dentists are skilled at carrying out simple root canals. Our practice is devoted to root canal treatments and other endodontic procedures, so our dentists are experienced providers. If your root canal is complicated, we will refer you to an endodontist. If you are in pain, contact our office to schedule an appointment. One of our root canal dentists will perform an examination and have X-rays taken to determine whether you need a root canal and if we can do the procedure here.
What Can I Expect to Pay for a Root Canal?
Many variables go into determining your final root canal cost. For the treatment itself, the number of roots in the tooth generally determines the cost, as does the severity of your infection. You may need antibiotics or an extra appointment if the infection is severe. The tooth’s location in your mouth is also important since some teeth are harder to work on than others. Your final restoration cost with also include the restoration, such as a crown or a permanent filling.
Dental insurance will typically cover a portion of the treatment and the final restoration, since both are vital to maintain good oral health. We will help you determine your out-of-pocket costs after our dentist performs your examination and looks at the X-rays.
We understand that root canal treatment is an expense that may not be factored into your budget. We can offer a payment plan that spreads the cost out to help you get the essential dental care that you need right away. Contact us for details.
Don’t delay contacting our office to schedule your appointment. The sooner you call, the sooner we can alleviate your pain.