Many years ago, people had teeth pulled if the pulp was inflamed or dying, but today, most dentists will try to save a tooth with a root canal. Our dentists are experienced in performing root canals. Call our office to schedule an appointment if you are experiencing severe tooth pain and you would like to find out if you can keep your smile intact.
The Root Canal Procedure
Hearing that they need a root canal often strikes uncertainty in our patients, but the procedure is not painful at all. Our dentist numbs the location, and if you feel pain, just let our dentist know that you need more local anesthetic. Our patients have been known to say it is no worse than having a tooth filled.
What Does a Dentist Do During a Root Canal Treatment?
After making sure that the area is numb, our dentist will isolate the tooth to create a sterile environment using a rubber dam. Next, our dentist drills a small hole to access the canals, and then he or she removes the pulp, shapes, and cleans the canals.
After our dentist cleans the canals, the empty space is filled to prevent the canal from being reinfected. At our office, we use gutta percha as the filling material, which is similar to rubber. You may have a temporary filling in the access cavity while you wait for a crown to top the tooth. You may just need a permanent filling after the site heals, and not a crown. It all depends on the condition of the tooth.
You’ll experience very little discomfort afterwards as well. Over-the-counter pain relievers are enough for the minor discomfort that may last a day or two. Because the nerves of the tooth are gone, you are unlikely to experience pain, but if you do, please contact our office as soon as possible.
A crown or permanent filling is necessary after a root canal. The tooth typically is weaker and needs additional strength after a root canal so you can eat the foods you love without fear. Your tooth will stop hurting after the procedure, but you still need a permanent restoration.
As long as you maintain good oral hygiene habits, your crowned tooth could last anywhere from a decade to a lifetime. Our dentist will go over ways to improve your oral hygiene habits so can lessen your chances of needing another a root canal in the future.
Should I See a Root Canal Dentist or Endodontist?
Make an appointment with one of the dentists who specialize in root canal treatment at our office. Your dentist will take X-rays and perform an examination. Most routine root canals are easily done here at our office. However, we will refer more complicated cases to an endodontist, who treats the insides of teeth. Molars have complex root canal systems, so we refer many of these cases to an endodontist as well. If you are in pain, do not hesitate to call our office to schedule an appointment.
What Will Root Canal Treatment Cost Me?
There are a number of variables that go into determining your cost for root canal treatment, including which type of dental professional performs the procedure and the location of the tooth in your mouth. An endodontist will typically charge more for root canal treatment than a family dentist will because they work on more complex and time-consuming root canal cases. Our dentist will perform an exam, and if he or she can do your root canal at our office, he or she can give you an estimate of the cost.
We work with most major dental insurance companies and we will strive to get you your maximum benefits. Our staff will help you determine what you will pay out-of-pocket. We have financing options as well. Contact us to learn more about these options; we do not want you to avoid treatment because you are worried about the cost of a root canal without insurance.
A root canal is less expensive in the end than having the tooth extracted. Initially, it is less expensive to have a tooth pulled, but replacing the tooth with a bridge or an implant will end up costing you more than you saved.
To schedule an appointment to see if we can save your diseased, decayed or damaged tooth, call us today. We look forward to providing you with quality dental care.