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.
Root Canal Therapy Reviews
"This dentist office is fantastic!! Everything from the initial appointment to my root canal they were so helpful and lovely. "- N. / Demandforce / Sep 18, 2013
"I tried out two other dentists before my husband did his online research magic to find Dr. Davis. I have had my teeth cleaned twice (well 2.5 times as I was late to my first appointment so there wasn't enough time to finish), and had Dr. Davis save me from getting a root canal. Yay! I still have a lot more work for him to do, but will need to take it slowly on the pocketbook. His work is worth every penny. I have had poor work done before which damaged my bite. Poor dental work can be worse than bad teeth... I recommend Dr. Davis whenever I can. :) "- T. / Demandforce / Feb 19, 2014
"It was my first visit. I had a broken tooth and the dentist and his assistant were very patient with me and explained everything to me and were very gentle with me -- they referred me to a great doctor for my root canal -- apparantly I slept and snored during the procedure -- I look forward to more visits to this place as everyone was very professional and nice!! Not mention I look forward to a beautiful smile!!"- S. / SmileReminder / Oct 31, 2014
"Even though having a root canal is not a pleasant experience- everyone was so kind and helpful and made me feel the best I could under the circumstances. Really nice and helpful and caring. "- A. / SmileReminder / Mar 27, 2015
"I have been a patient for over 12 years. From root canals to porcelain veneers to regular cleaning Dr. Davis and his staff have been professional and sincere in their advice and care. I highly recommend Dr. Davis. His new office is state of the art, beautiful and unlike any dentist office you have ever experienced. Do yourself a favor and go see Dr. Spiker Davis.Jesse"- Google User / Google / Dec 22, 2009
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.
Plan Your Procedure
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.