People often fear root canals… but they’re not nearly as scary or painful as you might think.
All of our teeth have at least one root. Depending on the person, and where it is in the mouth, each tooth may have anywhere from one to four roots. These roots extend below the gum line, but sometimes they can become infected. This causes inflammation and a great deal of pain. If your tooth’s roots get infected root canal therapy may be able to save your tooth. This treatment involves cleaning out the canals inside the root, removing the abscess, filling the canals, and then capping the tooth with a strong new crown.
Emergency Dental Care USA in Houston, TX is your trusted provider for root canals (also known as root canal therapy or endodontic therapy). Though this procedure is often believed to be painful or at least very uncomfortable, it is actually designed to relieve pain, rather than cause pain. If you suffer from an infection in the root of a tooth we can get you feeling healthy and pain-free again, whether it’s in our office or (in more complex cases) through referral to an endodontist (root canal specialist).
HOW MUCH DOES A ROOT CANAL COST?
The cost of a root canal depends on several factors, including:
- Which tooth is affected?
Front teeth are typically much easier to access and work on; therefore work on them will usually cost less. Rear teeth, like molars, are more difficult to access and often require more work.
- Where do you live?
Pricing varies at each Emergency Dental Care office. Prices are always based on the average price for dental services in the local area.
- Is additional restoration required (i.e., crowns, bridges)?
Teeth requiring root canals often have large cavities or other decay. Additional restoration work is usually recommended to prevent further damage to the fragile tooth.
- Has there been a root canal performed on the tooth before?
If the tooth has had a root canal performed on it in the past, it complicates the procedure. This usually means an increase in time and cost of the procedure.
- Cost of the crown
Once the root canal is completed, the tooth’s crown must be restored. Like the root canal, the pricing of crown restoration depends on the tooth affected.
Call us to set up an exam and x-ray to determine how much your root canal will cost.