Root canals are exceptionally common procedures that should not be postponed or avoided if they have been deemed necessary.
Though it may sound like an intensive procedure, a root canal is a simple and safe process that millions of people undergo every year.
What Is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a dental procedure in which a trained dental specialist removes the infected pulp inside of a tooth, thoroughly cleans and disinfects that tooth, and fills the empty space with a filling while shaping the root canals.
The goal of a root canal is to save a tooth that may be damaged or infected. Essentially, a root canal serves to clean and shape the “canals” in the root of a tooth rather than pulling a decaying tooth.
How Common Are Root Canals?
Root canal procedures are very common. According to theAmerican Association of Endodontists, about 25 million root canals are performed per year, or about 41,000 root canals per day.
They may be performed by endodontists, dental specialists who focus solely on the treatment of pulp and tissue that surround the roots of the tooth, or by a general dentist.
Are Root Canals Safe?
Yes. There has been a great deal of technological advancement in the world of dental surgery, which means that patients who experience a root canal can trust that the process will be quick and efficient.
Do Root Canals Hurt?
Root canals hurt no more than getting a deep filling, thanks to the technology available to endodontists and dentists today.
Patients are awake during the procedure but get enough local anesthesia that they should feel no pain while they’re getting the root canal.
How Much Are Root Canals?
There are a number of variables that go into calculating the cost of a root canal, but they generally range in cost from $750 to $1,200 per tooth.
Front teeth and premolars are generally a little less expensive than molars due to their size and the amount of work required.
Insurance companies should cover a portion of the cost, but this will vary based on your insurer and the plan you carry.
If you need more information about what you will need to pay out of pocket for a root canal, Dison Family Dentistry can speak to your insurance provider on your behalf and help you determine your total cost.
How Do I Know if I Need a Root Canal?
There are a number of symptoms that may indicate the need for a root canal, including:
- Chronic and severe toothache.
- Swelling or sensitivity in the gums.
- Recurring pus-filled bump on gums.
- Sensitivity to hot or cold foods even when no longer exposed to the hot or cold item.
- Pain when chewing.
- Darkening or discoloration of a tooth.
Take the first step toward alleviating your pain when you call Dison Family Dentistry to schedule a consultation.