Root Canal Procedure
We understand that just hearing the term “root canal” often makes patients anxious. The procedure gets a bad rap for being painful, but the pain you’re feeling from the affected tooth is actually probably worse. The procedure itself is fairly simple. To start, we numb the area around the affected tooth, and then isolate the tooth. We then drill into the tooth and remove the infected tooth pulp from the root canals. Once the canals are cleaned out, we fill them with an antibiotic gel to make sure we kill any remaining infection. Finally, we seal the canals and the inside of the tooth.
We’ll place a temporary crown while your tooth and the area heals, and while our lab creates a permanent crown for you. Once your permanent crown is ready, you’ll come back in to have that fitted and bonded, completing the process. The permanent crown gives the tooth added strength and extra protection against future damage or infection.
Signs You Might Need a Root Canal
Not all tooth pain is a sign that you need a root canal. The best way for us to tell if you need a root canal is for you to come in for an exam and X-rays, but here are a few symptoms to look out for.
- Sudden onset of tooth pain
- Tooth sensitivity, especially if sudden
- Sharp pain when chewing
- Sores on gums
- Severe or chronic aching or pressure
- Bad taste in mouth that is new and won’t go away
If you’re experiencing one or more of these symptoms, it’s best to call us to schedule an appointment. That way, we can get to the bottom of what’s going on in your mouth and start any necessary treatment sooner rather than later.
Cost of a Root Canal
You should not suffer with tooth pain because of budget concerns. At Texas Dental, we do our best to provide affordable emergency dental care, including root canals. Our office is very insurance friendly, but even if you’re uninsured, we will work with your budget to find an arrangement that works for you and get you the care you need. We work with third-party lenders CareCredit® and Lending Club, which can help you break up the cost of your treatment. Speak with one of our friendly team members about your financial options.