Root canal therapy is a routine procedure now. However, years ago, dentists pulled damaged or infected teeth because they lacked the sophisticated processes available today. While dentists experimented with a form of root canal therapy more than a century ago, it was not practical. Fortunately, we now have dental professionals who offer virtually painless root canals that stop the pain permanently. Call us today if you are interested in eliminating your pain and preserving your tooth.
The Root Canal Procedure
If the pulp inside of one of your teeth is infected, it will cause severe pain and your gum will be swollen and tender. Make an appointment with one a root canal dentist for relief. Root canal procedures remove the infected pulp, which contains the nerves, so your pain stops. Your tooth will function as it did before. The pulp is only necessary when the tooth emerges from your gum. In adults, it isn’t necessary. Make an appointment to see our root canal dentist and we will try to see you as quickly as we can if you are in severe pain.
What Does the Root Canal Process Involve?
Expect your appointment to last between 60 and 90 minutes. During the root canal procedure, your dentist will remove the pulp of the affected tooth, pulling it carefully through an access hole that he or she drilled. You will have a rubber dam surrounding the tooth so the infected pulp cannot touch one of your other teeth. Next, your dentist will meticulously rinse and disinfect the empty canals, which are then filled with gutta percha to keep infections out. Finally, the access hole is sealed with a temporary filling. All this is done under a local anesthetic and you should not feel any pain.
Finally, your dentist will restore the tooth’s functionality with a permanent filling or a crown. This step is vital to the success of your root canal. Without a permanent restoration, your tooth may fracture, leaving an opening for bacteria to enter. With a permanent restoration, you can expect the tooth to last a long time.
While most root canals require one or two visits, you may have an additional visit if our dentist needs to wait for an infection in the canal to clear up.
Should I Arrange to See a Root Canal Dentist or Endodontist?
A general dentist that focuses on root canals can carry out simple root canals quickly and efficiently. If one of our root canal dentists encounters an especially complicated case, he or she will refer the patient to an endodontist. An endodontist is a dentist who specializes in diagnosing diseases within the interior of a tooth. They do second root canal treatments when the first one is not successful and difficult root canals that need special equipment. If you are looking for a root canal dentist in Fort Worth, call our office for an appointment and one of our dentists will decide if the root canal can be accomplished at our practice.
How Much Is a Root Canal?
The cost for a root canal varies widely between our patients. Your cost is determined by the location of the tooth needing root canal therapy and whether you have dental insurance that covers the medically necessary procedure. We accept most major dental insurance plans. Even if you have dental insurance, you will likely have out-of pocket costs. We also offer payment plans for our patients to help spread out costs over a series of months. Contact our office to learn more.
If an endodontist performs the procedure, you can expect to pay more than if a dentist performs the procedure. If you have concerns about the cost of your treatment, talk to your dentist after you examination, he or she can let you know what to expect.
If you delay having root canal therapy for too long, our dentist may not be able to save your tooth. An extraction, and then a bridge or an implant to replace the missing tooth will certainly cost more than a root canal. Don’t wait, call our office to make your appointment today.