The restorative family dentists at CitiDental in Queens employ all the knowledge and technology at their fingertips to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Even though losing a tooth isn’t as catastrophic as it once was, since there are now many replacement options, your natural teeth are still best. A root canal procedure is one tool your dentist has that allows you to keep your natural teeth.
Root canal therapy is only necessary when a tooth is damaged or decayed to the point that its center — the blood vessels and nerves in the pulp — cannot be saved. If the pulp dies or has become infected, a root canal procedure may be the only way to save that tooth and keep the infection from spreading. Healthy teeth contribute to your overall health; one infected tooth can threaten that health.
In addition to an infection and a dying pulp, there are other reasons why you need root canal therapy. Only your family dentist in Queens can determine the best course of treatment for you, but other potential reasons for a root canal procedure include:
The procedure for root canal therapy allows your dentist to save the structure of the tooth by essentially hollowing it out. After numbing the tooth, the dentist accesses the pulp to clean out the blood vessels, the nerve and all the bacteria. This whole procedure is completed without any root canal pain.
A bath of a disinfectant follows to kill any bacteria left. Once the root canal of the tooth is clean and dry, your dentist packs the hollow canal with a substance that resembles rubber and then seals the canal. Typically, a dental crown is fit over the tooth to further protect it. With proper care, that tooth can still last for decades, and it won’t limit you in any way. You should not feel any pain after root canal therapy.
Since there’s no root canal pain and no pain after root canal treatment, your root canal recovery is often a quick and easy process. There’s usually some mild discomfort once the effects of the anesthesia dissipates, but you should be ready to resume your normal activities by the next day. You can take over-the-counter painkillers if needed.
Call your dentist in Queens if you:
Your CitiDental professional won’t let you refuse the procedure just because you may not be able to afford the root canal cost. Beyond the issue of your pain, a tooth infection can turn life threatening if it’s not treated. Discuss payment options before your procedure. Your Queens family dentist does everything he can to provide affordable dental care.
Most insurance carriers pay at least a portion of the root canal cost. So your out-of-pocket cost may be lower than you think. Many factors go into answering the question: how much does a root canal cost? For example:
On rare occasions, the tooth that had root canal therapy gets another infection. It’s also possible that you develop a problem with the crown. Since that tooth no longer has a nerve, you may not feel any root canal pain, but you may notice some pressure. Your dentist may notice swelling at your next exam. Whatever the cause or symptoms, if there’s a problem, you may need a root canal retreatment.
A root canal retreatment can save your tooth, but your dentist has to repeat the procedure to open the tooth and make sure it’s not infected. After cleaning it out and packing it again, the dentist may opt to place a temporary crown, which is more easily removed. You have to return for a subsequent visit to have your permanent crown replaced.