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How Much Does a Root Canal Cost?
Whether it is because of severe tooth decay or physical damage to a tooth, the pulp of a tooth may become infected. When this is the case, the infection must be treated as soon as possible to ensure the ongoing health of the tooth, and the ongoing oral health of the patient overall. In order to clean the infection and repair the tooth, a root canal procedure must be completed.
What Is a Root Canal?
Root canal therapy (also known as a “root canal”) is a procedure that involves the cleaning of the roots of a tooth to remove bacteria and infection. This procedure can literally mean the difference between saving a tooth, and needing to have the tooth pulled.
Why Would I Need Root Canal Therapy?
Not only can an infected root lead to the loss of a tooth, but it can also be extremely uncomfortable. Many patients will notice the following symptoms of root pulp infection in a tooth (most of which range from annoying to painful):
- Pain while biting or chewing.
- Severe, ongoing pain.
- Swelling of the surrounding gums.
- Change of the color of the tooth.
- Sensitivity, especially to hot or cold.
If you find that you have some or all of these symptoms, you may have a root pulp infection. Do not try to wait it out and hope that it’ll get better on its own. Instead, make sure to set an appointment for as soon as possible with your dentist so they can take a look at the tooth, and diagnose the issue. While you may only have a cavity that needs to be filled, you also may have a tooth that is infected to the point where it is on the verge of needing to be pulled. Don’t take any risks with your teeth—it’s better to be safe than sorry.
While root canal therapy is not cheap, it can also be much less expensive than the alternative. If you don’t have the procedure performed, there is a strong likelihood that the tooth will become so damaged that it needs to be removed. If you have dental insurance, they may cover a good percentage of these costs as well.
Preventing Root Infections
Whether you have recently undergone root canal therapy, or you simply never want to, there are some preventative measures that you can take. The most simple ways to prevent root infections is by brushing, flossing and rinsing thoroughly twice a day, while also visiting the dentist for a checkup and cleaning every six months. These simple steps can mean the difference between healthy teeth, and a costly procedure.
If you are experiencing any pain, discomfort or discoloration, make sure to set an appointment with your dentist today.
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