Root Canal Therapy at Nebraska Family Dentistry
Sometimes tooth pain is caused by dental decay. When tooth decay gets too bad, it causes an infection inside your tooth. If this happens, it’s likely you’ll need root canal therapy to fix the problem.
Root canal therapy is among one of the most common dental treatments done today. Our dental experts will help you feel calm and comfortable for your procedure, so you can be sure that you’re in good hands. Read on to learn more about root canal therapy and other related subjects.
Root Canal Symptoms
By far, severe pain is the most common symptom that occurs when someone needs a root canal. While cavities don’t usually cause a person pain, if it is too deep, it will begin to be painful. If a person’s tooth starts to hurt, it’s likely that a root canal will need to be performed.
Root Canal Therapy Procedure
Your dentist or endodontist will start by taking an x-ray. This will reveal how deep the cavity is. If it’s down to the tooth’s nerve, it’s likely that a root canal will need to be done.
When your dentist performs your root canal, they will do a few different things. First, they’ll clean out any areas of your tooth that are damaged by the infection. The dentist will use anesthesia to ensure your comfort. While you can’t feel anything, your dentist will clean the inside of your tooth to remove the infection and decay entirely. Then, the dentist will go into the nerve area beneath your tooth, or the pulp, and remove the nerve. This allows them to preserve your tooth and stops any serious pain you’re experiencing. Finally, they’ll place a filling inside the tooth’s canal to keep it safe. They’ll later remove this filling to repair your tooth with a crown.
Root Canal Cost
The cost of a root canal tends to vary significantly, like many dental procedures. Factors affecting the cost of a root canal include the amount of visits needed, whether you see an endodontist or dentist, and how severe the infection is. All of these factors can change the cost.
Usually, root canal therapy will cost less than having a tooth extracted. This is because the extraction also requires that you replace a tooth using either a bridge or another kind of dental implant. Instead, root canal therapy preserves your tooth, so you’ll still be able to use it for a time.
If you’re concerned about the cost of root canal therapy or any other treatment, don’t worry. For those that don’t have dental insurance or need help affording dental care, we’re proud to partner with Lincoln Dental Plans, a dental discount plan that offers cheap dentistry. Click the logo to their website to learn more.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Root Canal Therapy
Is it normal to feel pain after having root canal therapy done?
After your procedure, it’s normal to feel mild pain or discomfort. If it lasts longer than a few days, it’s possible there is something else wrong with your tooth. If you have concerns, be sure to alert your dentist as soon as possible.
It’s been a while since my root canal, and it’s starting to hurt again. Is that normal?
If you’re feeling unexpected pain well after having a root canal, it’s possible that you’d developed a cracked or infected tooth. In any case, you need to see an emergency dentist if this happens.
Does dental insurance cover the cost of a root canal?
Typically, dental insurance will cover some of the cost of a root canal. Your insurance company will usually cover only a certain amount of these procedures every year, so if you take care of your teeth, you should be mostly covered.
Should I take work off after I get root canal therapy?
Depending on the job, we’ll usually recommend going back to work after having root canal therapy, unless you talk to people frequently for work. After getting a root canal done, your mouth will be numb and it may be hard to perform your job.
Is it better to see an endodontist or general dentist for a root canal?
While an endodontist will be well-trained in performing root canals, so will any of our dentists. Dr. Kathryn Alderman has performed hundreds of root canals over the years. If she sees that your tooth is severely damaged, it’s possible she’ll recommend you to an endodontist, but otherwise, we’re happy to perform your root canal.