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When your enamel cracks and exposes the pulp underneath to infection, the result is usually severe pain. Unfortunately, the infected pulp will not get better as time goes on, and eventually, the damage could affect other parts of your mouth. But thanks to root canal therapy, Dr. Kandov can prevent this from happening. Not only will she save your tooth, but you’ll also be able to chew and smile without discomfort again. If you think you or a loved one might need root canal therapy in Doylestown, PA, call Dr. Olga Kandov, DMD – Brite Smiles today.
Knowing whether you need root canal therapy or not is ultimately up to Dr. Kandov; however, there are certain symptoms you may develop beforehand that can signal the need for this type of dental procedure. The signs include:
Fortunately, with a root canal, we can address the underlying cause of your tooth pain and sensitivity. Typically, this procedure is only reserved for patients who have severe decay or damage that reaches the innermost layer of the tooth (the pulp). When a dental filling or crown is not enough to treat the problem, a root canal is recommended.
While not all damage or decay calls for a root canal, there are instances where it is necessary, such as a broken tooth or cavity that allows bacteria to access the sensitive dental pulp inside the tooth. After administering local anesthesia to numb the area of your tooth, your dentist in Doylestown will place a rubber dam around it to keep it dry before creating an access opening.
A series of root canal files are used one at a time to remove the infected pulp along with any associated bacteria or debris. The inside of the tooth is then thoroughly cleaned before gutta percha is used to help rebuild the internal structure and shape of the tooth. We’ll finish the process by placing a temporary crown until the permanent one arrives and is ready to be fitted. Once the finalized crown is in place, it will serve to protect the tooth so that you can continue to safely chew with it.
There is a common misconception about root canals in that they are painful, but the truth is that they actually eliminate discomfort by removing its cause – the infection. Root canals offer many great benefits that you may not expect, such as:
As a patient who receives root canal therapy, you must be committed to taking proper care of your dental crown once it is in place. This will ensure that bacteria does not reinfect the tooth later on.
The cost of a root canal in Doylestown depends on a few different factors. During your appointment, we will be sure to discuss pricing with you. We will also help you explore your payment options, such as insurance, financing, and our in-house discount program. Rest assured that this treatment is a worthwhile use of funds!
There is not typically a flat fee for root canal therapy because a number of factors can affect its price. Such factors include:
The upfront cost of an extraction is less than that of root canal therapy. However, you should take a moment to think about long-term costs. It is important to replace lost teeth in order to prevent issues like dental drift and chewing difficulties. A dental implant or bridge can cost a significant amount of money.
Root canal therapy, on the other hand, allows you to preserve your existing tooth. It is therefore a much more conservative treatment option. Although it may cost more initially than simply pulling a damaged tooth, it is generally a better value in the long run.
Depending on your insurance policy, root canal therapy might be categorized as either a minor or major restorative service. Therefore, its cost might be anywhere from 40 – 80% covered. Our insurance-friendly team is used to dealing with a range of policies, and we are even in-network with a number of major plans. You can rely on us to help you understand your coverage and use your benefits to your greatest possible advantage.
Beyond assisting you with dental insurance, our practice offers a few provisions that might make it easier for you to afford your root canal therapy:
Do not let concerns about cost hold you back from getting the treatment you need. Our team is prepared to help you navigate the financial aspect of your care so you can enjoy a healthy smile. Contact us today to learn more about how we can serve you.