A root canal is a common treatment that is performed at various clinics throughout the country. You may need a root canal due to large infection that has reached the nerves and blood vessels of the tooth or trauma to a particular tooth.
A root canal treatment can alleviate your dental toothache very rapidly.
In order to confirm that an infection is present, we need to perform X-rays of the area in question. Once we know exactly where the infection sits, we’ll begin numbing the area in order to perform treatment. Typically, a root canal treatment is done in one or two visits, depending on the severity of the infection.
Once numb, we’ll create a small access hole in the top of your tooth so we can clear away infected pulp, irrigate the tooth, and shape the canal.
After the pulp chamber and canals are cleaned, we’ll place filler material inside the tooth to replace the pulp and seal the tooth with a custom-made dental crown.
We will prepare for the dental crown on the same day as the root canal treatment and deliver the final restoration roughly 2 weeks later.
Contrary to popular belief, root canal therapy itself does not cause pain. This is because the treatment area is always numbed prior to treatment.
Any discomfort that does occur is due to the infection itself or from soreness after surgery, which is typical for treatments like these. You can take common over the counter medicine after the root canal treatment to ease your discomfort.
Furthermore, practicing good aftercare is essential to reducing discomfort and ensuring a speedy recovery.
If you’re experiencing severe tooth pain, facial swelling, high fever, or notice a severe darkening of your tooth, then it’s likely that you’ll need a root canal performed.
Of course, removing pain isn’t the only reason you may need treatment. Oral infections are considered to be dental emergencies and can even be life-threatening due to their close proximity to the brain. If you experience these symptoms, do not hesitate to contact our Allen office right away.
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After your treatment is complete, you’ll be given specific instructions to manage your aftercare. Consider these points after your root canal therapy as a guide:
Wait until the anesthetic wears off before you eat foods again so you do not bite on your tongue and cheeks.
Brush and floss as you would normally to keep the area clean and to reduce any reinfection.
Take pain medication as needed to reduce discomfort. This is typically over the counter medicine such as Tylenol.
Take any antibiotics as prescribed if needed.
Get plenty of rest over the next several days to allow your body to recover from the root canal.
Contact our Allen dental office right away if you experience swelling or increasing pain after your treatment.
A root canal cost can vary greatly depending on a few factors such as:
1. The tooth number: Due to the complexity of the treatment. Typically the further back the tooth is that needs a root canal the more expensive the treatment will be.
2. Your insurance: Many insurance providers such as Aetna, BCBS, and others offer great coverage for your root canal. Some dental insurances companies will cover your treatment at 50% or more.
3. If a general dentist can perform the treatment: If you need to be referred out to a specialized endodontist than likely your root canal will be between $1500 to $2500. This is why we like to treat root canals in our Allen office without referring to a specialist. Treating infections our Thrive location saves our patients time and money.
If our dentists are able to perform the root canal expect to pay anywhere from $500 to $1200 for a typical root canal treatment. This does not include the dental crown that will go on top of the treated tooth.
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