Saving Your Natural Teeth?
In a root canal procedure, the living tissue inside the tooth, known as the pulp, is extracted, and the resulting void is filled with specialized dental materials that restore the tooth’s full functionality. Opting for root canal therapy not only preserves your natural tooth, prolonging its lifespan, but it also safeguards and maintains the health of the jawbone and surrounding supporting tissues. Whenever feasible, preserving your natural tooth can spare you from future pain and expenses.
Several indicators suggest the potential need for root canal therapy:
- Heightened sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures.
- Experiencing intense toothache pain.
- Observing redness or swelling in the gums around the affected tooth.
- Noticing discoloration of the tooth.
- Detecting the presence of an abscess or a pimple on the gum tissue.
The Treatment Plan For Your Tooth
A root canal treatment usually requires one or two office visits and is performed by either a dentist or an endodontist. Here is how we perform your root canal:
Diagnosis and Finding Treatment
To begin, an x-ray of the tooth and surrounding bone is taken to diagnose the source of your symptoms. In some cases, your specialist may prescribe antibiotics to control infection and reduce inflammation. The pain caused by an abscess is typically due to the pressure from infected swelling and can be a major source of discomfort during a root canal. Minimizing this inflammation beforehand addresses this issue during the procedure.
Setting Up The Tooth
When it’s time to commence the root canal procedure, we take the time to carefully anesthetize the area, ensuring your gums, teeth, and tissues are comfortably numbed. Your comfort and peace of mind are a top priority for us. After you’re at ease, we create an access hole in the tooth and proceed to remove the pulp, bacteria, decayed nerve tissue, and associated debris.
Sealing The Tooth To Finish
The extent of the abscess will determine whether we need to place medication inside the tooth to fully eradicate any infection. If the procedure necessitates multiple visits, we will use a temporary filling. You will begin to experience relief at this point. The tooth can be permanently sealed only once it has been thoroughly cleaned and returned to a healthy condition.
The Cost Of A Root Canal In Wellesley
The cost of dental treatment can vary significantly, but opting for a root canal procedure proves to be a more cost-effective choice in the long term. Typically, root canal therapy under a standard insurance plan may result in an average out-of-pocket expense ranging from approximately $200 to $500 or even more. Following an oral examination, we would be delighted to furnish you with an accurate cost estimate tailored to your specific insurance coverage, giving you insight into your actual out-of-pocket expenses. In the absence of insurance, the cost can vary from $600 to $1200 or beyond for the treatment.
What accounts for such a wide range in cost estimates? When we prepare a quote for root canal therapy, we take into account various factors, such as:
- The extent of the infection.
- The location of the infection within your mouth.
- The overall health of the surrounding teeth and gums.
- Potential complications that might necessitate additional time or the expertise of a skilled practitioner.
It’s essential to understand that no dental practice can offer a precise quote over the phone. Each case is unique, underscoring the importance of consulting with a dentist who can assess your specific situation and present you with a comprehensive array of treatment options for your consideration.
Are there alternatives to root canal treatment? An abscess or infection within your tooth poses a grave health risk and demands immediate attention. While some individuals view root canals as a somewhat less desirable option to alleviate excruciating dental pain, it is crucial to recognize that root canals serve the vital purpose of eradicating infections that can otherwise spread and become life-threatening. In such cases, more urgent and invasive interventions might be necessary. This is why we are committed to dispelling any misconceptions about root canal therapy and prioritize your comfort and peace of mind.
If you suspect you have an infection and wish to explore alternatives to a root canal, we strongly encourage you to reach out to us. We will never proceed with any procedure without your full understanding and consent and may have alternative solutions available with the primary objective of effectively addressing your infection.
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to schedule an initial consultation & exam.
Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.
Frequently Asked Questions
Causes of damage may include deep decay, trauma, a deceased nerve, a loose filling or crown, or a tooth crack or chip.
Thanks to a combination of modern techniques, technology, and a compassionate dental ethos, our highly skilled dentists and hygienists can offer root canal treatments that are often pain-free.
When you recognize the need for a root canal, it means that the deterioration of your tooth pulp and nerve has already started. This infected tissue won’t heal completely and is susceptible to reinfection, necessitating the removal of the pulp as the only safe option.
A standard root canal procedure typically necessitates one or two office visits. In the case of simple or minor issues, the treatment typically takes about 30 to 60 minutes, whereas more complex cases may take approximately 90 minutes to complete.
The expenses involved are contingent on your insurance coverage. After a consultation, we can offer you an estimate that can be shared with your insurance provider. We strongly advise you to prioritize scheduling a root canal. If you have any hesitations, please feel free to address them with us.
Dental crowns are typically recommended following a root canal for posterior teeth, such as molars and premolars, but may not be necessary for anterior teeth, including canines and incisors.
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