in houston, tx
BORIS MALESPIN, DDS
Dental Health and Root canals
In the past, if you had a tooth with a diseased nerve, you would probably lose that tooth. Today, with a special dental procedure called root canal treatment, your tooth can be saved. Root canals are a relatively simple procedure involving one to three office visits. Best of all, having a root canal when necessary can save your tooth and your smile!
What is the
of a root canal?
A tooth’s nerve is not vitally important to a tooth’s health and function after the tooth has emerged through the gums. Its only function is sensory – to provide the sensation of hot or cold. The presence or absence of a nerve will not affect the day-to-day functioning of the tooth. When a tooth is cracked or has a deep cavity, bacteria can enter the pulp tissue and germs can cause an infection inside the tooth. If left untreated, an abscess may form. If the infected tissue is not removed, pain and swelling can result. This can not only injure your jawbones, but it is detrimental to your overall health. Without the proper treatment, your tooth may have to be removed.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS THAT A ROOT CANAL IS NEEDED?
Teeth that require root canal therapy are not always painful. However, signs you may need a root canal include severe toothache, pain upon chewing or application of pressure, prolonged sensitivity or pain in response to hot and cold temperatures, a dark discoloration of the tooth, and swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums. If you experience any of these symptoms, contact your doctor.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING A ROOT CANAL?
Root canal treatment involves one to three visits. During treatment, your general dentist or endodontist (a dentist who specializes in problems with the nerves of the teeth) removes the affected tissue. Next, the tissue will be removed and the interior of the tooth will be cleaned and sealed. Finally, the tooth is filled with a dental composite. If your tooth had extensive decay, your doctor may suggest placing a crown to strengthen and protect the tooth from breakage. As long as you continue to care for your teeth and gums with regular brushing, flossing, and checkups, your restored tooth can last a lifetime.
TEETH THAT REQUIRE ENDODONTIC TREATMENT ARE NOT ALWAYS PAINFUL. HOWEVER, SIGNS YOU MAY NEED A ROOT CANAL INCLUDE:
- Severe toothache
- Pain upon chewing or application of pressure
- Prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold
- Dark discoloration of the tooth
- Swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums
MOST TEETH CAN BE SAVED BY ENDODONTIC TREATMENT BUT TOOTH EXTRACTION MAY BE NECESSARY IF:
- Roots are severely fractured
- The tooth does not have adequate bone support
- The tooth cannot be restored
- Root canals are inaccessible
Endodontic treatment is intended to help save your tooth from extraction. Missing teeth can make you self-conscious, affect your ability to bite and chew, cause other healthy teeth to shift, and have a negative impact on your overall health. By choosing to receive endodontic treatment, you are choosing to keep your smile healthy and beautiful for years to come.
WHAT IS THE AVERAGE PRICE FOR A ROOT CANAL IN HOUSTON, TEXAS?
There are a few factors that determine the overall cost of your root canal treatment, and one of those is your insurance. How much will it cover from your total fee?
Root canal therapy is usually covered by most dental insurance companies. However, the amount they cover will vary depending on your individual policy. Most policies will cover a portion of the cost, with the patient being responsible for any remaining balance. For example, if your insurance policy has a 80% coverage for root canals, and the total cost of the procedure is $1,000, you would be responsible for paying the remaining $200.
It’s always a good idea to check with your insurance company ahead of time to find out what your coverage is for root canal therapy. That way, you can be prepared financially for the procedure.
IN NEED OF A ROOT CANAL IN HOUSTON? CONTACT US TODAY
If you’re experiencing tooth pain, it’s important to schedule a consultation as soon as possible. A root canal may be necessary to restore your oral health and relieve your pain. Our team of experts is here to help – contact us today to schedule your appointment.