Root Canals For Pulp Infection & Repair
When the pulp of a tooth becomes infected due to a deep cavity, genetic predisposition, a crack in the tooth, or issues related to a previous filling, it may be necessary to perform root canal therapy to save the tooth. Not all teeth needing root canal will have symptoms. A dental exam and radiographs will sometimes reveal a problem with a tooth before any pain begins. If left untreated, the tooth will need to be extracted. Although it is never ideal to have to have root canal therapy performed, it is a very common procedure that will ultimately result in you being relieved of a great deal of pain. Having root canal therapy performed will also mean that you can preserve your natural tooth, which in turn will sustain the overall systemic health of the surrounding teeth and gums, preserve the natural appearance of your smile, prevent additional strain or excessive wear to other teeth, and allow you to continue chewing and eating the foods you enjoy.
Although there is a common association with root canal therapy being an incredibly painful procedure, advancements in oral surgical techniques and improved anesthetic and sedation methods have made the pain associated with root canal therapy very moderate, and any discomfort that does occur is far outweighed by the relief patients will feel having the issue resolved. At Kingwood Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we are dedicated to creating an environment where open dialogue is encouraged, so we can ensure you have a thorough understanding of the procedure being performed, and confidence that you are receiving high-quality specialized care designed to meet your unique needs. To learn more about root canal therapy, or to schedule an appointment, contact us today at 281-359-9100, or visit our office, which is located at 2325 Timber Shadows Drive, Building A, Kingwood TX 77339.
Symptoms Indicating the Need for Root Canal Therapy
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, these may be indications that the pulp of your tooth has become infected and root canal therapy is necessary.
- Severe toothache pain
- Pain that occurs when pressure is applied to your tooth
- Pain while chewing
- Change in color or shade of a tooth
- Swollen gums
- Extreme sensitivity to cold or hot foods or beverages
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment as quickly as possible.
The Root Canal Therapy Process
If your dentist has determined that the pulp of your tooth has become infected and a cavity will not be sufficient to address the issue, you will need to schedule an appointment for root canal therapy. Prior to beginning the procedure, your dentist will typically administer a local anesthetic to ensure the area being worked on is properly numbed. If necessary, dental sedation will also be provided.
Once you are properly numbed and/or sedated, the root canal therapy process will begin with the removal of the injured pulp. Once this pulp has been removed, the root canal system is disinfected and thoroughly cleaned. Once this area has been properly cleaned, a filling is placed in order to seal the tooth and prevent additional infection from developing. If the tooth has experienced significant decay, a dental crown may also be placed, which will help strengthen the tooth. The time involved in root canal therapy will vary from patient to patient, but in general, performing root canal therapy on an anterior tooth will typically take one hour, whereas molars and premolars can take around two hours to complete.
Aftercare Following Root Canal
Following root canal therapy, it will not be necessary to follow any modified self-care, although it is common to experience mild pain or discomfort. To continue enjoying good oral health and reduce the need for this type of procedure in the future, it is important to consistently follow good oral hygiene practices. In addition to brushing and flossing twice daily (at a minimum), be mindful of the types of food and beverages you consume, and avoid foods or substances that can negatively impact your oral health (chewing tobacco, staining foods, sugary drinks). It is equally important to schedule regular dental cleanings every six months, or more frequently, depending upon your unique oral health needs. If you follow these general guidelines, you will enjoy a healthy smile for many years to come!
Root Canal Cost & Insurance Coverage
The cost of root canal therapy will depend upon the location of the tooth (front teeth tend to be less expensive then molars), what type of sedation is used, and what insurance coverage from your dental plan can be applied. It is important to be aware that you are fully responsible for all fees of treatment, and payment is due at the time of service, regardless of your insurance coverage. Monthly payment plans can be arranged, but this will need to be accomplished prior to the procedure being performed. Although we may not have a contractual arrangement with your provider, our staff is happy to assist with processing your insurance claim to ensure that you maximize your benefits and receive the high-quality care you need and deserve. For your convenience, we accept Mastercard, Visa and Discover.
Schedule an Appointment Today
Scheduling an appointment for root canal therapy is the first and most important step towards improving and maintaining your oral health. At Kingwood Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we are dedicated to creating an environment where open dialogue is encouraged, so we can ensure you have a thorough understanding of the procedure being performed, and confidence that you are receiving high-quality specialized care designed to meet your unique needs.
To learn more about root canal therapy, or to schedule an appointment, contact us today at 281-359-9100, or visit our office, which is located at 2325 Timber Shadows Drive, Building A, Kingwood TX 77339.
We look forward to hearing from you and are committed to providing you with exceptional quality dental care
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