In the past, the worst thing a dental patient could hear would be “you need a root canal.” However, this procedure’s dubious reputation is quite undeserved! The pain often associated with it actually stems from the infection located in the tooth. The treatment itself largely causes little to no sensation due to Dr. Lively’s use of the latest dental technologies and techniques. If you have a tooth that just won’t stop hurting, a root canal might be exactly what you need to enjoy lasting relief.
Root Canal Treatment – Mangum, OK
Nothing To Fear Anymore
Why Choose Us for Root Canal Treatment?
- Sedation dentistry delivers comfortable experiences
- Highly skilled & compassionate team
- State-of-the-art facility
Do I Need Root Canal Treatment?
Your teeth are actually composed of three layers: the enamel on the outside, the dentin underneath, and the dental pulp at the center. This contains a number of blood vessels as well as a sensitive nerve. If bacteria are able to reach and infect it (either due to a cavity or crack in the enamel), it can cause quite a bit of pain as a result. The only way to repair this kind of damage and save the tooth from extraction is with… you guessed it, a root canal.
The Root Canal Process
After we determine that you could benefit from a root canal, the procedure will involve the following steps:
- Our Mangum emergency dentist , Dr. Lively, will thoroughly numb your tooth with local anesthetic.
- Once you can’t feel a thing, he’ll create a small hole in the enamel so he can reach the infected pulp.
- He’ll remove the pulp, and the tooth will then be cleaned, sanitized, and filled.
- At a follow-up appointment, Dr. Lively will rebuild the enamel using a custom-made crown.
Afterward, the treated tooth can be expected to look, feel, and function normally for many years to come. Thanks to Dr. Lively’s skilled hands, most patients say the procedure feels like just getting a small filling.
The Benefits of Getting a Root Canal
Despite what its reputation would have you believe, root canals don’t cause pain, they alleviate it! So, if you’ve been dealing with a persistent toothache, discomfort when biting down, and other unpleasant dental symptoms, this treatment may be the only way to restore your pain-free smile. It’s also important to note that root canal treatment can actually save your tooth, preventing it from needing to be extracted. Plus, we will use a lifelike restoration to protect your treated tooth moving forward, ensuring no negative attention is drawn to your smile.
Since root canal treatment continues to be a feared procedure, we know that our patients have lots of questions on their minds. Please know that they are welcome here! Whether you want to learn more about the treatment process, sedation dentistry, or how to schedule your next appointment, don’t hesitate to give us a call .
Understanding the Cost of Root Canals
Typically, people who are getting a root canal have enough on their mind without stressing about payment. We want your time with us to be as comfortable as possible, and part of that is ensuring the process of budgeting for care is easy.
We’ll talk to you as much as you’d like about affording dental care when you see us. Before then, here’s what you should know about the cost of root canals.
Factors That Can Affect Root Canal Cost
As easy as it would be to just say what root canals cost, the fact is that we can’t guarantee a price until we meet you in person. That’s because there are several variables that can affect the price of root canal treatment.
For one, there’s the type of tooth being treated. Molars have three root canals while incisors have only one, which means that molars are more complicated to deal with. Then there’s the cost of the dental crown that finishes up the root canaled tooth.
Finally, you should think about who will be performing your root canal treatment. In the case of more complex procedures, Dr. Lively may opt to refer you to a specialist. These specialists will have their own rates for care, so you’d have to consult with them to know fully what treatment will cost.
Is it Cheaper to Pull My Tooth?
Typically, root canal treatment plus a crown will incur a higher up-front cost than a tooth extraction. While root canals come with the obvious benefit of allowing you to keep your natural tooth, budget-conscious patients sometimes would rather just get rid of your tooth for monetary reasons.
However, you’d be hard-pressed to find a dentist that would recommend just leaving things at a tooth extraction. If you leave an empty spot in your smile, the surrounding teeth could start to move to fill the gap, causing the teeth to become misaligned. For this reason, in addition to the tooth extraction itself, you’ll have to factor in the price of a dental bridge or a dental implant.
When factoring in the cost of tooth replacement, it’s often cheaper to make use of root canal treatment and keep your original tooth in the process.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Root Canals?
Root canal therapy is typically only done when they’re considered to be medically necessary. In such cases, most dental plans will cover at least a portion of the care, typically anywhere from 50-80% of the final treatment. We’ll be able to help you deal with your insurance company in order to ensure that you are making the most of your dental coverage.
Other Options for Making Root Canal Treatment Affordable
Even if you don’t have insurance, or if you’ve already met your yearly maximum, you don’t have to forego necessary dental care. We have options available to our patients outside of insurance that can aim to make root canal treatments more affordable.
One option we often recommend to our patients is CareCredit, which is a firm that focuses on healthcare financing. Like a credit card, you can use CareCredit to finance your care and then make monthly payments until the balance is paid off.
We wouldn’t recommend you a root canal unless you truly believe that you need one, so if you are worried about affording care, let us know and we’ll work with you to find financing options.