Saving Your Tooth with Root Canal Therapy

Dental care is extremely essential for a beautiful and healthy smile. A root canal is a dental procedure that saves your tooth from needed extraction. Over 14 million root canals are done each year, and it is one the most common dental procedures.

What is a Root Canal?

Infections in your teeth actually occur in the pulp of your tooth, which is at the center of your tooth. Infections are often caused by serious decay, cracks and trauma. Even having too many dental procedures may make your teeth weak and vulnerable to infection. Teeth infections are usually extremely painful. Other common symptoms include swelling and sensitivity to temperature.

What Happens During a Root Canal?

A root canal is considered a non-surgical treatment. Your dentist numbs the area, so you cannot feel anything. You may also choose to use 'laughing gas' to help ease your nerves. Once you are numb, our dentists drill your tooth and remove the infected pulp. Dr's Damon and Baxley will ensure that all the infection is gone before sealing the root and tooth. Sometimes, more than one visit is needed to properly drain the infection.

What Happens After a Root Canal?

After the root canal, you need to contact your restorative dentist. They receive a copy of the root canal report, showing exactly what has been done. Your restorative dentist works with you to choose a method for protecting your tooth to decrease the risk of future problems. Make sure to continue a good dental hygiene routine to prevent further issues. Complications are rare, but make sure to contact Texas Denture Clinic if you have any concerns.

How Successful is a Root Canal?

Root canals are extremely successful. The success rate is 90 percent. In addition, the dentist examines your tooth to determine if you are a good candidate for a root canal before the procedure. If Dr's Damon and Baxley determine you are not, they will discuss it with you before treatment.

How Much Do Root Canals Cost?

Many insurances pay for at least some of a root canal costs, but they can be more expensive than normal filings. The cost depends on the severity of the situation. However, a root canal is significantly less expensive than extraction and replacement with a bridge or implant.

Root canal therapy is a common procedure, and they are usually successful. Dr.'s Damon and Baxley will ensure your comfort during the treatment by explaining the procedure and numbing the area. The cost is usually partially covered by insurance, but prices can vary. For more information on root canal therapy, contact our Fort Worth offices today.

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