Root canal therapy has long been regarded as a scary, painful procedure — but, in fact, this treatment is designed to save your tooth and relieve your pain. We use the latest technology and techniques to carry out root canal therapy so our patients enjoy comfortable effective treatment. Call our East Hartford office today to learn more about how we may be able to preserve your natural smile with this restorative option.
Root canal therapy becomes necessary when the innermost layer of a tooth, called the pulp, becomes infected. You may have an infection if you are experiencing any of the following:
In some cases, root canal therapy is necessary even if a patient is not in any pain. It is always wise to listen to treatment recommendations from your dentist.
Here is an overview of how the root canal therapy procedure usually works:
Some benefits that you may enjoy as a result of root canal therapy include:
The cost of root canals is not universal. During your consultation, we will be able to provide you with a personalized estimate. We will also familiarize you with options that might make your care more affordable, such as insurance claims and financing. You can be confident that this treatment is a smart use of funds that aims to provide long-term benefits to your oral health.
Some factors that can influence the cost of root canal therapy include:
The upfront price of a tooth extraction is lower than that of root canal therapy. However, we encourage you to consider the long-term financial consequences of any treatment you choose. With an extraction, you should pay for a dental implant or another form of tooth replacement. Otherwise, you could end up suffering from issues like dental drift and future tooth loss. The total cost of your care could add up to be quite a bit.
Root canal therapy, on the other hand, is usually a one-and-done expense that can provide many years of improved dental function. It is an excellent value!
In most cases, yes, dental insurance does cover root canal therapy. It may be designated as either a minor or major service (depending on the details of your policy), so anywhere from 40% to 80% of its cost might be covered, up to the amount of your annual maximum. Our practice accepts many forms of dental insurance, so we can help you navigate your benefits and use them to your greatest advantage.
In addition to insurance, there are a few provisions that might make it easier for you to afford root canal therapy:
Are you curious to learn more about root canal therapy and its cost? Our team is standing by to answer your questions. Get in touch with us today to schedule a consultation.
The team at Comprehensive Dental Associates of Central Connecticut is ready to support your oral health by performing root canal therapy. Before you book your appointment, however, you may want to know more about this treatment and what to expect from it. Take a look at the following list of FAQs to become better informed about root canal therapy. If you would like further explanation on anything you discover, reach out to us directly. We look forward to hearing from you.
Most patients are able to return to work or school the day after their procedure. However, if your job requires a lot of physical labor, it would be wise to take a few extra days of rest. Strenuous exercise could slow down your body’s ability to heal.
Your mouth may be sore for several days. You can minimize discomfort by taking painkillers, getting plenty of rest, and eating a soft diet.
If you run into any concerns or experience any unusual symptoms during you recovery, contact our team immediately.
Here are some practical steps you can take before your appointment:
Teeth cannot heal themselves, so if you postpone your root canal for too long, your dental problem will worsen. It may even reach the point where root canal therapy can no longer preserve your tooth; you might need to get it extracted.
It is also possible that the infection in your tooth could spread into nearby tissues and cause widespread damage. In rare cases, patients have died from complications resulting from an untreated dental infection.
In many cases, root canals are preventable. Here are some things you can do to reduce the need that you will require this treatment: