A root canal is a very common dental procedure involving the extraction of the soft, pulpy core of a tooth to eliminate chronic infection, inflammation, and pain. There are three parts of a tooth, the hard outer enamel, an intermediary layer called the dentin, and the inner pulp. The pulp consists of the connective tissue, nerves, and blood vessels that nourish the tooth during its growth and development.
Once a tooth has fully matured, the tooth receives nutrients from the gums, and the pulp no longer serves any purpose except to house the nerves that feel heat and cold, and pain. It can be removed safely and painlessly without causing harm to the tooth.
WHEN DO I NEED ROOT CANAL?
The pulp can become infected and painful for many reasons, including tooth decay, a broken or cracked tooth, poorly fitted crowns, or gum disease. This eventually leads to an abscessed tooth, and if left untreated for a period of time, can result in bone loss in the jaw, unhealthy drainage, facial and oral swelling, and even heart disease.
Recurring and long-lasting tooth pain, swelling of the gums and face, earaches, and sensitivity to hot and cold are all signs that you may need to have a root canal performed. If you have any of these symptoms you should schedule a checkup with your dentist as soon as possible before more serious complications can develop.
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WHAT IS THE COST OF ROOT CANAL?
The cost of braces or implants is covered under most dental insurance plans. However, if your treatment costs amount to more than your insurance will pay for, or if you don’t have any dental insurance at all, we can help. Our treatment coordinators will work with you to find solutions and ensure you have the lowest costs. You can also take advantage of our monthly specials and coupons found below.
HOW TO PAY FOR YOUR ROOT CANAL?
If you’ve already reached your insurance plan’s maximum annual payment cap, or if you don’t have any coverage at all and you’re out of options, there’s no need for worry. We have a list of alternative options available to you, including third-party financing and other credit options, as well as affordable in-house payment plans to help you pay for your dental treatments.
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