Root canal therapy is a round of treatments for an infected tooth. It treats the dental pulp, which consists of the tooth’s root, nerve tissue, blood vessels and cellular entities. Endodontic therapy removes the dental pulp and decontaminates the hollow to remove the infection and protect the tooth from future contamination. Dental pulp can get infected for many reasons, including deep decay, repeated dental procedures, faulty crowns, cracks or chips. If left untreated, it can lead to a variety of other problems such as an abscess. Plano, TX cosmetic dentist, Dr. Ron Bosher, is extremely gentle when performing root canal therapy, and ensures that his patients are comfortable throughout the procedure.
Crowns After Root Canal
Root canal therapy involves the removal of the infected pulp, which can weaken the tooth. Therefore, Dr. Bosher will typically suggest the placement of a crown on a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy to give it support and protect it from further damage. The patient will be fitted with a temporary crown while the new crown is being made. It typically takes about 1-3 weeks for this crown to be made. The final placement is made during an in-office appointment.
What to Expect
During root canal therapy, the infected dental pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. Then, the tooth is filled with a rubber-like natural polymer, called gutta-percha, to strengthen the weakened tooth. After the tooth has been filled, the dentist will place a temporary crown over the tooth to protect it. After completing root canal therapy, patients are able to chew efficiently, bite normally and protect other teeth from excessive strain while maintaining a healthy, beautiful smile.
Root canal therapy has two costs associated with it. The first cost is for the root canal itself, which can usually run between $800-$1,200. This cost could increase depending on how many canals within the tooth are being treated. The crown will add an additional fee and this typically runs around $1,000-$1,500. Both root canals and dental crowns are typically covered (at least partially) by dental insurance. We will work with our patients to understand the exact coverage and discuss payment and treatment options during the treatment consultation.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $800 - $1,500
- How Long It Takes
- 1-2 Hours
- Procedure Recovery Location
Root Canal Therapy FAQs
Does It Hurt?
For years, individuals have had a negative feeling regarding root canals, the process and the pain associated with one. The root canal itself does not hurt, thanks to advanced numbing medication and nitrous oxide to help relax the patient. The pain most patients feel is in the tooth itself prior to treatment. The infection, especially if a tooth has abscessed can be very painful. Root canal treatment treats the infected tooth and results in a tooth that no longer suffers from infection and pain. We can discuss the various treatment pain reliever options during the consultation.
Why Do I Need It?
Patients with an infected tooth should undergo root canal therapy to prevent the infection from spreading. In addition, a root canal helps ensure that the tooth is not lost (meaning, an extraction is not necessary). Patients with an infected tooth might have symptoms like lingering sensitivity to hot and cold, discomfort when chewing or biting and severe pain.
One advantage of root canal therapy is the patient being able to keep their tooth. Extracting the tooth means replacing it with an artificial tooth; however, artificial teeth are not as strong as natural teeth. Tooth extraction can also lead to a series of dental problems, such as drifting teeth, bite problems and TMJ discomfort.