About Root Canal Therapy
What is one of the most dreaded dental procedures around? It’s the root canal, which has caused more than a few people to skip the dentist. This doesn’t have to be the case when the skilled dentists of Cosmetic Dental Associates in Houston, Texas perform the procedure. A root canal (endodontic treatment) involves removing the diseased pulp and cleaning out and disinfecting the inside of the tooth. Afterwards, the tooth is filled and sealed. A root canal not only saves the tooth, but allows a patient to chew normally again, returns normal bite forces, protects other teeth from wear and tear, and preserves the natural appearance of the tooth. For added comfort, Cosmetic Dental Associates offers several levels of sedation during the procedure.
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What to Expect
Before the root canal begins, the dentist will numb the patient’s teeth and gums with a local anesthetic, as well as nitrous oxide gas for further patient comfort and relaxation if needed. Once the patient is prepared, the dentist will carefully remove the pulp from the decayed tooth, both the visible portion of the tooth and the root below the gum line. After the tooth is removed, the dentist will place a crown or filling material to strengthen and protect the treated tooth.
After the root canal treatment, the patient’s lips and gums will remain numb for a few hours, but the patients will be able to drive and leave to recover at home. If the patient is feeling any pain after the procedure, they can take an over-the-counter painkiller, following the instructions on the label. If the dentist placed a temporary crown over the tooth, the patient will return after the permanent crown is created and sent back to the office. The dentist will then place the crown and check the fit. The patient should return for annual dental exams and professional cleanings twice a year, or as recommended by the dentist.
The cost of the root canal will depend on how many teeth are being treated and where the teeth are located in the mouth. The front teeth cost from $300 - $1,500, bicuspids cost from $400 - $1,800, and molars cost $500 - $2,000. Additional costs may be added for emergency cases if the patient needs a same day or weekend root canal. If a crown or other dental implant is used, that cost will be added to the patient’s total cost.
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Stop Dental Infections
If you have a toothache or infection, make an appointment to have the dentist look at your tooth and talk about treatments, including a root canal. A root canal can prevent more serious dental problems and relieve your pain.