Root canals are extremely common restorative dental procedures. Every year, more than 14 million root canals are performed in the United States. This procedure is used to treat infections of the blood vessels (known as “pulp”) located in the center of the tooth. In most cases, root canals can heal the infection and prevent tooth loss.
At Gonzales Dental, we offer non-surgical root canals for patients in Gonzales and the surrounding areas. We utilize advanced, cutting-edge techniques, as well as a gentle approach to ensure your maximum comfort throughout the procedure. As always, our goal is to provide you with all of the information you need to make an informed decision about your continued oral health. We accept all forms of PPO insurance, as well as Texas Medicaid and CHIPS. We also offer several payment plans for those without traditional dental insurance.
Schedule your restorative dentistry appointment with Gonzales Dental today; call (830) 971-0268 or contact us online to get started.
The collection of blood vessels located at the center of each tooth is known as “pulp.” Pulp is essential for building and supporting the surrounding tooth. However, it is also susceptible to infection. When this occurs, your dentist must perform a root canal to prevent the infection from progressing. If the infection is left untreated, it could lead to significant tooth decay and damage. Ultimately, you could end up losing the tooth, meaning you would require more invasive and costly dental procedures, such as a dental bridge or implant.
A non-surgical root canal involves the non-surgical removal of the affected pulp, as well as a thorough cleaning of the root canal system. Once the area has been cleaned, your dentist will finish the procedure by sealing the root canal system. About 90% of the time, non-surgical root canals are successful in removing the infected pulp and preventing further damage.
How to Tell If You Need a Root Canal
The only way to confirm whether you need a root canal is to see your dentist. When you come in for a dental exam and check-up, we can evaluate your teeth and gums to determine if there are any serious issues that need to be addressed. Our dental professionals will provide their recommendations based on the results of your examination.
That being said, there are several signs that you may need a root canal. These include:
- Severe, persistent pain
- Referred pain in the jaw, face, or nearby teeth
- Pain while eating or if the tooth is touched
- New or worsened sensitivity to hot or cold foods/beverages
- Discoloration of the tooth
- Swollen, tender, and/or inflamed gums
- Loose, chipped, or cracked teeth
Certain conditions increase the risk of needing a root canal. These include cracks and chips, significant tooth decay, trauma to the tooth, and repeated or poorly carried out dental procedures.
How Are Non-Surgical Root Canals Performed?
Many people are understandably worried about receiving root canals, fearing that they will be painful, time-consuming, and costly. However, at Gonzales Dental, we take every possible measure to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure, as well as reduce your recovery time and save you money. Note that, depending on the treatment needed, it may take several visits to complete your root canal.
Generally speaking, we utilize the following process when performing non-surgical root canals:
- First, we’ll make sure you feel comfortable and confident with the procedure by providing you with all applicable information regarding what to expect, recovery time, and preventing future root canals.
- Next, to begin the procedure, we will use local anesthesia to completely numb the tooth and surrounding gums. In some cases, we may also use nitrous oxide analgesia (“laughing gas”) to help alleviate anxiety.
- Once the area is fully numbed, your dentist will place a rubber dam around the tooth to keep the area clean and free of saliva, as well as to help prevent infected material from moving to other areas of your mouth.
- Then, your dentist will carefully make a small opening in the crown of the tooth. Using small, specialized tools, he or she will gently clean the infected pulp from the pulp chamber and root canal system, as well as shape the area to prepare for a filling.
- After fully cleaning and shaping the space, your dentist will fill the root canal system and seal it to prevent further infection or decay. He or she may also place a temporary filling, which will be removed before the tooth is restored.
- Lastly, you may need to return to your dentist to have a dental crown placed on the tooth. This helps protect it and provide the proper support to help restore your tooth to full, normal functioning.
You may experience some swelling, sensitivity, tenderness, or inflammation in the first few days after receiving a non-surgical root canal. Our dental team can provide medications and tips for alleviating pain during the recovery process.
How Much Do Root Canals Cost?
The cost of a non-surgical root canal varies significantly depending on numerous factors, such as the extent of decay or damage, the severity of the infection, which tooth is affected, and more. The good news is that, if you have dental insurance, at least some of the cost of your non-surgical root canal procedure is likely covered under your policy.
Additionally, root canals are far less expensive than having a tooth extracted, then replaced with a dental bridge or implant. Not to mention, a non-surgical root canal is a less-invasive process that allows you to keep your natural teeth. In most cases, undergoing a root canal is a far better option than the alternative.
At Gonzales Dental, we accept all PPO insurances, Medicaid, and CHIPS. If your health insurance does not include dental, we can help you find a payment plan that fits your budget. We want to make sure you get the high-quality dental care you need at a price you can afford. Get in touch with us today to learn more about our non-surgical root canals in Gonzales.
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