Root canals can be frightening for many of our patients. Worries over cost can be just as compelling as fears about the pain involved in the procedure. Our team of experience dentists is dedicated to providing cutting-edge care at affordable prices, allowing you to resolve your problems quickly and effectively. We offer comprehensive dental care for the entire family. We would be honored to provide you with the root canal treatment options you need to deal with dental infections, and the pain and swelling associated with these issues. Our dental practice offers advanced root canal treatment in Channelview and the surrounding areas.
Understanding the Root Canal Procedure
Root canals are usually recommended for patients with serious infections of the teeth and gums. These infections can cause pressure on nerves and can generate considerable pain. Left untreated, dental infections can cause deterioration of bones in the jaw and can spread to surrounding teeth and other areas of the body. It is essential to schedule an appointment with our office right away if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Severe pain
- Swelling of the gums, especially in a specific area
- Discoloration of the painful tooth
- Extreme sensitivity to heat or cold
These are common warning signs that an infection has set in and is putting pressure on the nerves inside your tooth. By calling us right away, you can get relief from pain and can restore the health of your teeth and gums.
The Root Canal Process
Before a root canal can be performed, your dentist must examine your teeth to find the source of the pain. X-rays, scans and other diagnostic tools may be used to identify the issue and help your dentist devise a treatment plan for your specific set of needs. During this time period, you may also receive a prescription for pain medication and antibiotics to combat the infection in your teeth. If the infection is severe enough, your root canal may be delayed for days or weeks to allow the antibiotics to work.
A root canal procedure typically involves the removal of all living tissue from inside the tooth. This includes the pulp, blood vessels and nerves. When this tissue is removed, the tooth is essentially dead. The outside of the tooth will remain viable and situated in place to allow for normal biting and chewing. Because the nerves are no longer present, teeth that have undergone root canal procedures most likely won’t cause you pain. However, if you are experiencing pain or pressure weeks after your treatment, please return to our office for an examination.
To perform your root canal, the dentist will complete the following steps. Depending on the condition of the tooth in question, your dentist will use an existing opening or will drill a new opening to extract the tissue. A drill will also be used to smooth out the inside of the tooth and to clear the root canals to allow a sealant to be placed inside the tooth. The most commonly used sealant for root canal procedures is a material called gutta percha, which is a rubbery substance that can prevent the intrusion of food debris and can fill all the empty space inside the tooth.
The final step is the application of a filling to close off the tooth and protect it from further damage. A crown may be necessary to provide structural support for your tooth after the root canal is completed. Your dentist will inform you if he or she recommends this additional step to ensure the best outcome for your tooth.
Should I See an Endodontist or an Oral Surgeon?
An endodontist specializes in the treatment and care of the inside of teeth. Oral surgeons are experts in the field of dental surgery and extractions. Our team of dental professionals will perform an examination to discover the complexity of your case. If we are able to perform the procedure in our office, you can schedule your appointment with us and we will provide you with a cost estimate. In some cases, we have to refer our patients to specialists. No matter what, we will be sure you receive the treatment you need from a qualified professionals.
How to Manage the Cost of a Root Canal Procedure
Our dental office will work with you to ensure that your dental insurance will pay for as much of your care as determined by your plan. If you do not have dental insurance, we can provide you with convenient payment options designed to suit your needs and your budget. Call our office for more information about how to make your root canal procedure more affordable.