Root canals are not a word that anyone likes to hear, but root canals are sometimes a necessary medical procedure that can help save your teeth—and your gums—from further decay. In some cases, root canals may be recommended after standard dental cleanings based on the findings of the dentist and hygienist during the cleaning; in other cases, an emergency root canal may be necessary due to sudden problems with a tooth or multiple teeth. Our root canal procedures in Mission, TX are designed to improve the lifespan of your natural teeth and are done by our experienced dental team.
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What Are Root Canals?
It’s important to understand what root canals are in order to understand why they are necessary.
Root canal treatment involves completely removing diseased root tissue that is inside your tooth. Disease root tissue can spread decay inside your mouth and will increase the chances of infection, which can not only cause pain but is a medical emergency which requires immediate treatment in order to avoid further consequences. Symptoms of tooth infection include a persistent toothache as well as throbbing pain in the tooth; both of these symptoms may indicate that you need a root canal.
Teeth which have been treated with a root canal may typically be covered with a crown. This will cover up the exposed tooth and help prevent further infection.
Do I Need a Root Canal?
Whether or not you need a root canal will depend on a variety of factors. First and foremost, if you have severe tooth decay which cannot be treated with a filling, then you need a root canal. Severely decayed teeth put you at risk for further deterioration as well as infections, gum disease, and complete tooth loss, which is why such issues need to be treated with a root canal as soon as possible. In order to diagnose severe tooth decay, your dentist may complete an examination as well as an x-ray in order to see the fullest extent of the tooth decay inside your teeth.
In the past it was more common for severe tooth decay and infections to be treated with tooth extraction rather than root canals. Today, however, dentists work hard to help ensure that your natural teeth last as long as possible; getting a root canal will increase the chances that you can keep your natural tooth structures in your mouth for as long as possible.
Root Canal Cost
The root canal cost will depend on a variety of factors, including whether or not you have insurance as what specific insurance you have. In some cases, insurance may either fully or partially cover root canal services depending on the nature of your dental needs. If you have any concerns about root canal cost, contact us with your information and we can help you understand the cost of the procedure.
If you have any questions regarding your root canal procedure, do not hesitate to contact us with any concerns or inquiries and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
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