With proper care and dental treatment, your teeth can last a lifetime. Years ago, problem teeth that were damaged or diseased had to be pulled. But now, a tooth can often be saved through a routine procedure called a root canal. If you are experiencing signs of a diseased or infected tooth, such as pain, swelling of the gums or tooth discoloration, give us a call to talk with a dentist who specializes in root canals.
The Root Canal Procedure
You might be concerned when you hear that you need a root canal, and that’s especially the case if you’re unfamiliar with the procedure. Our dentists in Schertz have extensive experience in performing root canals, and they also have a laser focus on making sure that each patient is comfortable before, during and after their treatment.
What Is Involved in a Root Canal Procedure?
When you look at your teeth in a mirror, what you are seeing is the tooth’s crown. The tooth’s root is below the gum line. The outer layer of the root is composed of dentin, a hard tissue, but inside the root canal is the pulp, which is composed of soft tissue, nerves and blood vessels.
When a tooth is injured or decayed, bacteria can get into the pulp and cause severe damage. To resolve that problem, you don’t have to extract the entire tooth in many cases. A root canal dentist can remove the diseased pulp and save the tooth. That pulp removal should also prevent any future infection or inflammation of that tooth.
The root canal procedure is usually completed in four steps that are spread out over two office visits. First, the tooth is numbed with local anesthesia. Then, the dentist creates a tiny opening in the tooth and cleans out the damaged and diseased tissue from inside the tooth. After the tooth and root canals have been thoroughly cleaned and dried, the dentist will fill the tooth with a special material. The finishing step of a root canal procedure is usually performed a few weeks later. The dentist completes the treatment by placing a permanent crown or other type of tooth restoration onto the tooth.
Should I See a Root Canal Dentist or an Oral Surgeon?
A general dentist can perform a root canal, but some teeth and situations will need to be referred to an oral surgeon. An endodontist is a dentist who specializes in root canals and has the additional schooling required to become ADA-accredited as an endodontist.
When you visit us, our dentist will assess your case and evaluate the condition of your teeth and the root canal system that needs treatment. We’ll provide you with a treatment plan and a cost estimate, and we’ll answer any questions that you might have.
How Much Does a Root Canal Treatment Cost?
Our dental office understands that patients are concerned about the potential cost of their root canal procedure. A root canal is one essential course of action for stopping the spread of infection and saving a tooth, and so it’s something that can’t be put off for long for the sake of your health.
The exact root canal cost varies for each patient. It’s affected by factors like what type of tooth needs treatment and whether you’ll be getting a crown. To find out your exact root canal price, please schedule an appointment, and after a consultation, we’ll provide you with a detailed estimate and overview of your treatment plan and cost.
We strive to help make root canal treatment as affordable as possible. We accept most major dental insurance providers, and the majority of insurance plans provide coverage for endodontic treatment. The amount of coverage you’ll receive depends on the details of your plan.
If you don’t have insurance or you have out-of-pocket expenses remaining after your coverage is applied, one of our financing plans might work for you. We can set up a payment program so that you can easily manage the cost with installment payments.
Don’t delay getting the dental care that you need. A root canal will stop an infection in its tracks and alleviate tooth pain. For more information about this simple procedure, please call our dental office in Schertz today.