Toothaches are a vivid reminder that teeth aren't just pieces of hard tissue floating around in the gums. They're intricately formed sensory organs with layers of dentin and enamel overlaying a living pulp. Coursing through the tooth's pulp is a vital bundle of nerves and blood vessels that provide nutrients and sensation to each tooth. As long as the pulp stays healthy, you're rarely aware of the systems at work. Tooth pain can be especially alarming, but it's meant to warn you that something's not right. Pain tells us that the bundle of nerves and vessels inside your tooth is irritated, damaged, or under attack.
A deep cavity can give bacteria access to the inner nerve bundle. In some cases, a significant infection, called an abscess, may develop in your jaw without any symptoms at all. If Dr. Lankupalli and Dr. Yamini determine that the nerve won't recover or if an infection is present, then root canal therapy may be suggested. Call ProSmiles today to learn more about treatment and schedule an appointment!
If you’re told by one of our experienced dentists that you need root canal therapy, it’s because they want to do everything possible to save your tooth and treat the underlying infection that’s present. If you notice any of the following symptoms, give our office a call:
The American Association of Endodontists stays abreast of all the current and past research regarding root canals and can support the safety of this vital service. In fact, new techniques and materials make root canal treatment more successful than ever.
Modern anesthetics provide powerful numbing for gentle removal of the inflamed nerve inside the tooth. The nerve canal undergoes disinfection and careful shaping, and a sealer fills the internal space. A filling or crown over the tooth helps return it to its original function, ensuring you can smile and eat food without any issues. We’ll make sure your bite remains even as well after placing the restoration.
Internet articles continue to circulate claiming adverse health effects from root canals, despite years of research proving otherwise. Many of these claims rest on false theories put forward decades ago without any scientific basis. In fact, one popular Facebook article sounding a false alarm shakily rests on a 100-year-old study that was tossed aside long ago!
The benefits of preserving your natural tooth are numerous, whether it’s regarding your finances or your oral and overall health. Not only can you remove the infection (and pain) associated with your tooth, but you can reduce the chances of needing to have it extracted. Patients go on to enjoy their treated tooth for the rest of their lives in many cases. As long as you take good care of it going forward, you can do the same.
Before we’re able to tell you how much your root canal will cost, several different factors need to be taken into consideration. To get a specific estimate of how much your treatment will be, schedule an appointment with us. We’d be happy to talk with you about your financial options. In the meantime, here are some things for you to take into consideration.
It’s very difficult to determine the exact cost of root canal therapy until we’ve had the opportunity to take a look at your smile. Here are some of the factors that can influence the price:
It’s common for patients to want to skip the root canal process by just having an extraction. While extractions do tend to be more affordable upfront, you need to consider the long-term costs as well. For instance, your bite could be negatively impacted as a result of the surrounding teeth shifting out of place. That would require additional treatments. To prevent this from occurring, it is often recommended that you replace the tooth with a dental implant or bridge, but this means additional costs. Ultimately, it is usually more cost-effective in the long run to save your natural tooth than pay for an extraction and replacement later on.
Root canal therapy is considered to be a major procedure, so you can usually expect approximately 50-80% of the cost to be covered after you have met your annual deductible. However, every plan is different, so it’s important to confirm what’s covered by your insurance provider. At ProSmiles Dental & Orthodontics of White Settlement, we are in-network with numerous popular insurance plans, and we accept out-of-network patients as well.
If you don’t have dental insurance, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re completely out of luck. With our In-Office Membership Plan, you can receive essential preventive care and a 15% discount on all treatments for a flat yearly fee. We also work with CareCredit – a third-party financing company that can split the cost of your treatment into manageable monthly installments with little-to-no interest. Medicaid and CHIP are also welcome. To learn more about your financial options, talk to one of our friendly team members.
If you think you may need a root canal, give us a call . We’d be happy to help you get some relief!
With so many misconceptions about root canal therapy online (and maybe even from friends and loved ones), it’s understandable if you have concerns about going through treatment you need to protect and restore your teeth. At any point during your appointment, you’re welcome to ask our team questions about the root canal therapy process. Below, you’ll find a series of the most common questions we’ve answered over the years for your convenience.
When there is intense tooth pain present, it can be a sign that a root canal is needed. However, this is far from the only symptom to be on the lookout for. The presence of tooth pain is not the only sign that you will need a root canal. In certain cases, a tooth’s nerve can “die” which means it no longer registers pain. This can occur in response to trauma or an infection, making it vital that you complete routine checkups. These give you a chance to have a dentist confirm if a root canal is necessary to save your tooth. Root canal therapy may not seem urgent when there isn’t pain, but you should schedule to have it completed as soon as possible if treatment is recommended to you by a dentist.
The root canal procedure should not hurt since our office will administer a local anesthetic to your mouth beforehand. As a point of reference, the treatment itself feels very similar to receiving a dental filling. With that said, you can expect some mild discomfort and soreness for the next few days after your surgery is complete. Once the numbness wears off, you can experience these temporary symptoms. To get some relief, take over-the-counter painkillers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen. During your healing period, avoid any hard foods as they can worsen your discomfort. Over the next three days or so, your pain should begin to subside. If it does not, call our office.
Root canals are known for having a very high success rate – most people who receive root canal therapy go on to provide reliable chewing function for years (and even a lifetime for some). However, the longevity of your root canal will be directly impacted by certain factors. This includes the extent of the damage to the tooth and how much time has elapsed between the placing of the temporary crown and the permanent restoration. When too much time has passed, the tooth can become vulnerable to reinfection. To keep your root canal lasting for as long as possible, follow all post-op instructions given to you by our office and stay committed to brushing and flossing every day.
The cost of your root canal can vary depending on a few key factors, including the location of the tooth. For example, front teeth only have one root to clean, while molars can have as many as three in certain circumstances. If the tooth in question is further back inside the mouth, the more the root canal will end up costing in most cases. On average, root canal therapy can cost between $700 and $1,100 for a front tooth, between $800 and $1,200 for a tooth in the middle of the mouth, or between $1,200 and $1,800 for a molar. When decay is significant, the infection is severe, or retreatment is necessary for a tooth that already received a root canal, you can also expect your cost to be higher. However, teeth that only need a filling instead of a dedicated crown will almost always lead to lower costs.