Each year, millions of people have a root canal procedure to save a tooth damaged by decay or trauma. Typically, severe pain, a swollen gum or a tooth that begins to darken will drive people to see a dentist. At Ideal Dental of Stone Oak, we encourage our patients to undergo a virtually painless root canal, rather than have us pull the tooth. Make an appointment at our office, where we specialize in root canals, and we will explain the problems associated with having a missing tooth.
The Root Canal Procedure
Root canal is shorthand for root canal therapy or root canal treatment. Root canals are passageways on the inside of your teeth containing pulp. The pulp consists of connective tissue, blood vessels and nerves. When the pulp is infected or inflamed, you will experience severe pain. To stop the pain and to remove the infection, our dentist will remove the pulp, which isn’t necessary for the function of an adult tooth. Call us today to schedule your appointment with our root canal dentist.
What Is Root Canal Therapy?
The root canal procedure starts with a dentist taking X-rays and determining that the dental procedure is the right one to relieve your pain and save your tooth. If a root canal is right for you, he or she will give you anesthesia, ensuring you will be comfortable during the procedure. You will have a rubber dam placed in your mouth to keep the area where the dentist is working clean and dry as well. The dam also prevents the infected pulp from coming into contact with your gum.
An opening is made in the tooth, allowing our dentist to remove the diseased pulp and disinfect the canals. Natural gutta-percha material fills the empty canals and you will receive a temporary filling to close the access cavity.
You may feel slight discomfort after your root canal. Our patients find that an OTC pain reliever is all that most people need. In some cases, your dentist will prescribe post-operative pain medicine for you. Since the tooth’s pulp has been removed, you shouldn’t feel pain in the treated tooth. If you do, contact your dentist immediately as this could be a sign of a problem.
You will need a crown placed on your subsequent visit to protect the tooth. Once you have a root canal, the tooth isn’t as strong as it was before. You will want to protect your investment in saving your tooth with a crown. With a crown and good oral hygiene habits, you tooth should function well for decades.
While not painful, a root canal procedure is somewhat uneventful for the patient. The procedure usually takes at least an hour to complete; you may wish to bring headphones to listen to music while your dentist works.
Should I See a Root Canal Dentist or an Oral Surgeon?
Our dentists specialize in performing root canals. Make an appointment and our dentist will examine your tooth and let you know if he or she can perform the root canal here in our office. Our dentist will refer you to an oral surgeon if your root canal is complex and he or she is not comfortable performing the procedure. Call our office for an appointment and our dentist will perform an examination, dicsuss your options with you and tell you if you are eligible for a root canal treatment in Stone Oak at our dental office. If your root canal is complex or on a molar with multiple canals, we will most like refer you to a specialist.
What Do Root Canals Cost?
We cannot tell you what your root canal cost will be until you have received an examination by our dentist. The tooth’s location in your mouth as well as the tooth’s condition will impact your total cost. Moreover, some teeth have more canals than others, regardless of the tooth’s location.
We accept most major dental insurance plans, which usually cover at least a portion of the cost of a root canal. The procedure is medically necessary; if the infection were to spread, it cause serious complications, including sepsis. If you do not have dental insurance, we have financing options to help you get the care that you need. Often, spreading the cost out over several months makes it easier on an uninsured patient and his or her budget.
If you have intense tooth pain, call our office to arrange an appointment with one of our root canal dentists. We can stop the pain while allowing you to keep your tooth.