When it comes to your smile, nothing looks and feels like natural teeth. Brushing, flossing and routine dental care can help you keep your natural smile for life. If you have a damaged or diseased tooth that otherwise might need extraction, a root canal is a procedure that can save it. To learn more about how you can avoid losing a tooth with a routine root canal treatment in Elizabethtown, please give us a call.
The Root Canal Process
Even if you think your teeth are in very bad shape, there’s a good chance that our dentists in Elizabethtown can help. The best way to know if you’re a candidate for root canal therapy is to call us to schedule a consultation with a dentist that specializes in root canals.
What Does a Root Canal Procedure Involve?
Do you think you need a root canal treatment? If so, you’re not alone. Millions of teeth are saved each year thanks to root canal or endodontic therapy.
“Endo” means “inside” in Greek and “odont” is Greek for tooth. So, any type of endodontic treatment is focused on the inside of the tooth. In the case of a root canal, the interior of the tooth’s root is treated.
You probably need a root canal because of inflamed or infected pulp that’s causing tooth sensitivity or pain, among other troubling symptoms. A tooth’s pulp is the soft tissue that’s underneath the hard enamel and dentin surface of the tooth. The pulp extends from the crown of the tooth to the end of the roots, and it contains nerves, blood vessels and tissue that are essential for the tooth’s development. Once your teeth reach maturity, they can survive without those materials with a little help from a root canal dentist.
During the root canal procedure, the affected tooth is disinfected, and all unwanted tissue and other debris are removed. Your tooth is numbed with anesthesia and stays that way throughout the procedure. Once the tooth’s roots are cleaned out and shaped, they are filled with material, often a rubber-like substance, to prevent any infection and pain from recurring. You may receive a crown if necessary. Once your root canal treatment is complete, your tooth will look and function like any other healthy tooth.
Should I See a Root Canal Dentist or a Specialist?
A general dentist is able to perform a simple root canal. However, if the root system that’s affected is especially complex, you might be referred to an endodontist.
When you visit our office, one of our root canal dentists will assess your affected tooth and determine whether your root canal can be conducted at our practice. If so, we’ll provide you with an overview of your treatment plan and an estimate of your root canal costs.
If you have tooth pain or other signs of an oral infection, don’t wait to get dental care. Call us today to make an appointment.
What’s the Cost for a Root Canal?
We understand that patients worry about the cost of a root canal and may hesitate to seek the treatment they need because of concern about cost. However, keep in mind that the price of root canal treatment is usually less expensive than the price of getting a replacement tooth.
The exact amount you’ll pay varies based on the type of tooth that needs the root canal. Some teeth have more complex root systems and will take longer to treat. You may require one or more visits to complete the process.
The cost of root canal treatment also depends on how much your dental insurance covers if you are one of the approximately 60 percent of Americans who have it. If you don’t have insurance, it’s still possible to get an affordable yet pain-free and effective root canal. We can help you to manage your costs with one of our payment plans.
When your tooth is restored correctly with a root canal, the tooth can last you for many years, and with proper care, it can last a lifetime. Remember that the tooth will still need daily brushing and flossing just like any other tooth.
Don’t put off getting relief from pain and the healthy smile you deserve. Give our dental office in Elizabethtown a call today. We look forward to becoming your partners in excellent oral health.