When the interior portion of a tooth, called the pulp, suffers infection or damage, root canal therapy may become necessary. Although this treatment has a reputation for being painful and extremely unpleasant, it is actually designed to relieve your pain, save your tooth, and protect your long-term oral health. Most patients are pleasantly surprised by how comfortable and easy the procedure is. Read on below to learn more about this restorative emergency service .
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The pulp is the innermost layer of a tooth. When it becomes infected or suffers damage, root canal therapy is usually the preferred treatment. Here are some indications that you might need this procedure:
In some cases, a root canal is necessary even though a patient is not experiencing any serious symptoms. It is wise to listen to your dentist’s treatment recommendations.
After we use local anesthesia to make sure the patient is comfortable, we carefully access the interior portion of the tooth. Then, we use special tools to remove any damaged or infected tissue. We also remove the nerve that was sending pain signals to the pain. To help the treated tooth keep its structure, we fill it in with a material called gutta-percha. Most teeth that have undergone a root canal require a crown in order to remain strong and functional. Depending on the extent of the treatment needed, the root canal procedure may take place across one or more appointments.
Some noteworthy benefits of root canal therapy include:
The cost of root canals varies from case to case. During your consultation, we will provide you with an estimate that is tailored to your unique situation. We can also help you explore options that may make your treatment easier to afford, such as insurance and financing. We want the process of paying for your care to be as stress-free as possible.
Some of the factors that can have a bearing on root canal cost include:
Upfront, it costs less to get a tooth pulled than it does to undergo root canal therapy. However, we encourage patients to think about the long-term financial implications of any treatment they choose. For example, a tooth extraction may be low-priced initially. Later on, though, a missing tooth can lead to costly complications. To protect your oral health, you should get the tooth replaced, which can also be somewhat pricey.
It is generally more affordable in the long-run to invest in high-quality root canal therapy right from the beginning. Because this procedure aims to preserve a damaged tooth, it can prevent expensive problems in the future.
It is common for dental insurance to cover root canal therapy. Some insurers classify this treatment as a minor service, meaning that 80% of its cost might be covered. Others deem it to be a major service, so around 50% of its price might be covered. Of course, you will have to check your unique policy to see how it applies. Our team will be happy to help you understand your insurance benefits and use them in the most advantageous way possible.
We want you to be able to afford your care. To that end, we offer a few useful provisions:
Would you like to learn more about root canal therapy and its financial side? Get in touch with our team today. We look forward to hearing from you!
The Northborough Dental Associates Team is ready to help you find relief from your toothache via root canal therapy. Before you commit to anything, however, you may want to learn more about the path in front of you. To assist you, we have compiled the following list of root canal therapy FAQs, along with succinct answers. If your specific questions are not addressed here, please reach out to us directly. We look forward to speaking with you.
Most people are able to return to work or school the day after their appointment. Keep in mind, though, that patients heal at different rates; do not be disappointed if you need to take a little extra time to rest. Also, you may need to request additional time off if your job requires a lot of physical activity.
It is common to be sore for several days after a root canal. Gentle oral hygiene, eating a soft diet, and taking painkillers as recommended can reduce your discomfort. If your pain worsens or you notice signs of an infection, contact our practice ASAP.
Here are a few practical measures that you should take prior to your appointment:
A successful root canal has the potential to provide a lifetime of restored function to a treated tooth. In fact, many patients are still enjoying the benefits of their root canal decades after the original procedure.
Of course, how long the results of your treatment last depends partially on you. You should be diligent about maintaining thorough oral hygiene and protecting any restorations that get placed on your treated tooth. If anything ever feels amiss with your tooth, you should seek professional care as soon as possible.
Keep in mind that teeth cannot heal themselves, so your tooth will not miraculously recover without professional care. In fact, any decay or infections are likely to get worse. The problem could even reach the point where the tooth can no longer be preserved. You might need to get it extracted.
There is also the possibility that delaying treatment for too long could allow an infection to spread throughout the rest of your body. Rarely, people have died from complications that resulted from an untreated dental problem.