In most cases, you no longer have to lose a severely damaged or diseased tooth thanks to advancements in dentistry. Today’s root canal therapy is often a helpful option for saving diseased teeth. If you’re worried about a damaged tooth or if you have severe tooth or gum pain, call our office. We can schedule you for root canal therapy, so you can keep your natural teeth and enjoy a renewed smile.
Root Canal Procedure
Our skilled dentists in South Arlington can often help patients keep their natural teeth, even when patients’ teeth are severely infected or inflamed. After a thorough examination, our dentist will talk to you about whether a root canal may help you. We’ll describe the best course of treatment for you and answer all of your questions. Keep reading to find out more about this treatment.
What Is a Root Canal Procedure?
While some patients may be apprehensive when their dentist recommends a root canal procedure, rest assured that it is a straightforward and painless treatment. Root canals are performed millions of times each year by dentists, thereby helping to eliminate patients’ pain, preserving patients’ natural teeth and restoring a healthy smile.
Let’s take a look at a tooth to understand the basics of root canal treatment. The outermost layer of the tooth is the enamel, which covers a tooth’s dentin. Under the enamel and the dentin is the tooth’s pulp, a softer tissue that contains nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue. During a tooth’s development, those components of the pulp help the tooth’s roots to grow. Once a tooth has fully developed, the surrounding tissue supports the tooth, not the pulp.
Deep decay or structural damage to a tooth can cause the tooth’s pulp to become infected or inflamed. Without treatment, the tooth and its surrounding tissue becomes very painful and may even lead to a dental abscess.
During root canal therapy, your dentist will administer an anesthetic so you can remain comfortable while your tooth is being restored. Once your tooth and gums are numb, your dentist removes infected pulp from the tooth’s pulp chamber and root canals. Next, your dentist carefully cleans and disinfects the tooth’s roots and fills the pulp chamber and roots with a biocompatible material. A crown is then placed atop your tooth to allow you to resume normal eating and speaking promptly.
Root Canal Dentist or Endodontist?
While general dentists generally perform simple root canals, more complicated cases are often referred to an endodontist. Endodontists often perform root canals for patients with infected molars, since molars have multiple canals, and other teeth with complex canal systems. During your visit in our office, our dentists will evaluate your teeth and determine whether your situation requires a special root canal dentist. At that time, we’ll also outline your treatment plan and provide you with a cost estimate. If you have oral pain, don’t wait around hoping that the pain will go away. Call us today for an appointment with our experienced dentists.
How Much Does Root Canal Treatment Cost?
It’s natural to wonder about costs when you learn you need a root canal, but that concern shouldn’t cause you to delay your treatment. Untreated tooth infections can lead to a number of complications, from tooth loss to an infection that spreads to your face or neck. In some cases, it can also lead to a potentially dangerous abscess.
The cost of your root canal will be determined by a number of factors, including how severe your infection is and which tooth is affected. Usually, your cost will include the procedure costs as well as the dental crown. Root canals are a medically necessary procedure, so most insurance plans provide some type of coverage for the treatment. You can contact your insurance provider for more specific details about your coverage options.
We’re committed to helping you receive affordable root canal treatment. We work closely with your insurance provider so you receive your maximum coverage benefit. We may also be able to help you find money-saving options if you don’t have insurance, including making dental payment plans available to you to spread the cost out over time.
If you have severe tooth decay, don’t settle for living in pain. Our dental team is here to help you. You can take the first step to a healthier smile by calling for an appointment today.