In the days before dentistry advanced to what it is today, it was common to pull out teeth that had suffered nerve damage. With today’s medical and dental advancements, dentists are now able to utilize root canal therapy to save teeth and help get patient’s back to a happy and healthy lifestyle. How do you know if you need a root canal? Most patients experience a great deal of oral pain. If you believe that you have damaged your tooth or are in constant oral pain, contact Ideal Dental of Pearland. Our highly trained dentists are proud to offer root canals and endodontics.
Root Canal Procedure
Don’t ignore severely damaged or infected teeth. Our experienced dentists in Pearland may be able to save your teeth before it’s too late. After your initial consultation, we’ll be able to tell if your teeth can be fixed with a root canal. From there, we will give you an comprehensive treatment plan and a cost estimate. After your routine root canal procedure, you will be able to enjoy a healthy and pain free smile again.
What Happens During A Root Canal?
Our dentists understand that you may be a little nervous about having to have a root canal. While it’s normal to feel hesitant about the procedure, remember that dentists all over the country are able to save millions of teeth every year via root canals.
Root canals become necessary when the soft tissue located underneath the white enamel and dentin of the tooth becomes infected or inflamed. This soft tissue is known as the pulp. The pulp of the tooth is comprised of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. All of those nerves and vessels serve to help the tooth grow. A fully developed tooth has no need for the pulp, once the surrounding tissues are strong enough to support it.
Infection and inflammation in the pulpy area of the tooth occurs due to structural damage, severe decay, or faulty crowns. When inflammation or infection in this area is left untreated, oral pain sets in. Sometimes dental abscesses may form.
When your dentist performs the root canal, he or she will take the pulp out and then clean out the inside of the tooth. Your tooth will then be filled with a material known as gutta percha. The procedure is completed once your dentist places a crown that functions just like your natural tooth would. You’ll be able to eat and talk normally with the crown in place. Our staff will use anesthesia to ensure that you remain comfortable throughout the procedure.
Do I Need to See an Oral Surgeon for My Root Canal?
Root canals are routine procedures that are usually performed by general dentists. Only complex cases where the tooth is located in an area where there are multiple canal systems are referred to oral surgeons. At your initial visit, our dentist will decide whether or not you should see a specialist. If the dentist determines that your root canal can be done in our clinic, you will be given a treatment plan and an estimate of your bill. Schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible if you suspect that you are in need of a root canal procedure.
How Much Will I Have to Pay for a Root Canal?
It’s important that you realize that a root canal should not be put off. If left untreated, the infection can spread to other parts of your mouth, neck or face. This can lead to serious dental and general health problems. Root canals are necessary to both prevent tooth loss and eliminate severe tooth pain.
Most of the time, your bill will reflect the severity of your case. Your overall total will also be impacted by the location of the impacted tooth. Your bill will usually include both the procedure and the dental crown placed during the procedure. Most dental insurance providers cover root canals. Get in touch with your provider to learn more about your coverage.
Our practice is dedicated to providing affordable dental care to our patients. Our dentists in Pearland have experience working with an array of insurance providers. No insurance? No problem! Our practice is willing to work with you to establish flexible payment plans so that you can receive the dental care you need and deserve.
Don’t allow your dental problems to get out of control. Call our team of dentists to receive more information on how a root canal treatment can help you get your oral health back on track.