Each year, millions of people choose to have a root canal treatment to end their pain and preserve their tooth. If the interior of your tooth, the pulp, is infected, don’t delay treatment. The infection can spread throughout your mouth. In addition to severe pain, signs that you may need a root canal include swollen gums and a darkened or discolored tooth. If you are seeking root canal treatment in North San Antonio, call our office to arrange an appointment with one of our experienced root canal dentists.
The Root Canal Procedure
At our practice, we use local anesthesia so our patients remain as pain-free as possible during the procedure. Your comfort during the procedure is a priority to us. At any time during the procedure, you can let our dentist know that you require additional anesthetic or other pain relieving measures.
Alleviating the pain permanently with root canal therapy is far less uncomfortable that the pain you felt before contacting our office. People who have had both a root canal and had a cavity filled say there is little difference in the level of discomfort. Call our office today to schedule an appointment with our gentle root canal dentist.
How Does a Dentist Perform a Root Canal?
Teeth consist of three layers with the pulp located on the inside. The pulp, which contains tissue, blood vessels and nerves, can become infected for a number of reasons. This is the section that root canal dentists remove when it is inflamed or infected from trauma or deep decay. The intense pain that you have been experiencing will end with the removal of the pulp. Pulp is not necessary once the tooth has fully emerged from the gum. The surrounding tissue will support the tooth.
The roots of your teeth have canals filled with pulp. To perform a root canal procedure, the dentist will isolate the tooth with a rubber dam and then drill a small access hole to remove the pulp with small instruments called files. He or she will then clean out the canals, making them sterile before adding a filling material called gutta percha, which resembles rubber. If the canals show any trace of the infection leftover you may need to schedule another appointment to complete the procedure. The purpose of the filling gutta percha is to restore the function of the tooth and prevent the inside from developing another infection.
Our dentist will discuss with you covering the tooth with a crown or with a filling, as these will help to strengthen the tooth and allow you to resume your normal activities. With the added strength of a crown, the tooth could last a lifetime if you take care of your teeth.
Should I Have a Dentist Perform my Root Canal or an Endodontist?
You will want to start out with a root canal dentist. You may not even need a root canal, or you may have waited too long and an extraction is your only option. Once it is determined that you do need a root canal to save your tooth, a root canal dentist can expertly perform the procedure. We will refer complicated cases to an endodontist, who specializes in diagnosing and treating diseases of the inner tooth. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.
What Is the Average Price for a Root Canal?
We understand that you’re concerned about the cost of your treatment. The price for a root canal depends on what our dentist finds during your examination. He or she will determine which tooth is affected and the severity of the problem before determining what you will pay. Your total cost will include the cost of your crown. If your root canal procedure is performed by an endodontist, it will cost more than if a dentist had performed the procedure.
We endeavor to keep our fees affordable because we want to encourage our patients not to have the tooth pulled. An extraction may appear to be an economical choice, but it isn’t. Missing teeth are bad for your dental health and getting a bridge made is significantly more expensive than a root canal.
We accept most major dental insurance plans and we will help you determine your coverage for a root canal. If you are concerned about the cost of an uninsured root canal, we offer dental payment plans so you will not have to pay all at once. Call our office for details.
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