Root Canal Treatment — Fort Lauderdale, FL
Relieve Toothaches & Renew Smiles
Persistent pain in the area around a single tooth may indicate that it is extremely infected or decayed. The good news is our dentist, Dr. Kellner, can often relieve discomfort quickly with root canal treatment in Fort Lauderdale, FL, saving a tooth that is severely damaged. Though the term “root canal” has a notorious association with pain, with all of the advances in the field of dental care and pain management, receiving a root canal treatment is now a comfortable and efficient way to preserve and restore your oral health.
When Is a Root Canal Treatment Needed?
When decay and infection cause damage to the nerve and pulp of a tooth, a root canal treatment is performed. Common symptoms that indicate a possible need for root canal treatment are:
- Consistent pain (may include throbbing) in the tooth area
- Pain caused by the pressure of chewing or as an extended reaction to contact with hot and cold temperatures
- Tender, swollen gums
- The appearance of a pimple on the gums
What Is a Root Canal Treatment?
During a root canal, Dr. Kellner gently removes your tooth’s damaged tissue and nerves, then carefully cleans and seals the tooth to protect it from bacteria. This general dentistry procedure may require more than one visit, depending on the severity of the infection and the type of restoration — typically a filling or a crown — that is needed.
What Can I Expect My Root Canal Recovery to Be Like?
You will experience instant pain relief after your root canal treatment. During your root canal recovery, chewing on the affected side of the mouth should be avoided until the filling or final restoration is completed. Your tooth may be sensitive for a couple of days following the procedures. Any discomfort you experience can be easily managed through the use of over-the-counter pain medications such as ibuprofen. Your oral health routine should continue as usual and should include brushing, flossing, and rinsing.
The root canal treatment has a success rate of 95% and can last a lifetime.
Understanding the Cost of Root Canals
However much you need a root canal, you may worry about its price. That’s only natural – a treatment won’t help much if it exceeds your budget. Still, the cost of root canal therapy varies from patient to patient. You’ll need to consult Dr. Kellner for an exact pricing estimate. Luckily, he and the rest of Seaside Family Dentistry will ensure affordable care. In particular, our whole team can guide you through the root canal price factors and various financing options. To learn more, just keep reading or call our office!
Factors That Can Affect Root Canal Cost
For the initial consult, Dr. Kellner will give you an oral exam. Doing so lets him (among other things) review factors that’ll impact your root canal’s cost. More specifically, he’ll confirm details regarding the following:
- Type of Tooth – If you didn’t already know, the various teeth have different numbers of root canals. Therefore, your treatment price is partly based on the treated tooth’s type or location.
- Difficulty of Treatment – An outside specialist might be needed for a highly-damaged tooth. In that case, root canal therapy’s cost will rise.
- Additional Care Needs – At times, a dentist will follow up a root canal by placing a dental crown. Should that apply to you, the overall treatment expense will increase.
Is it Cheaper to Pull My Tooth?
Perhaps you’re tempted to skip a root canal in favor of a tooth extraction. After all, the latter option has a lower upfront price. Root canal therapy, however, is ultimately the cheaper choice.
Losing a tooth has harsh oral effects. It leads to a smile gap, making your other teeth tilt and fall out. On the other hand, the same space attracts harmful bacteria – microbes that put you at risk of oral conditions. Your tooth loss could then result in a crooked, dirty, and achy grin.
Fortunately, you can avoid these problems with a root canal. The procedure saves your pearly white and thus prevents tooth loss. From there, you can trust your other teeth won’t tilt and oral bacteria won’t increase..
Does Dental Insurance Cover Root Canal Therapy?
Most dental plans consider root canal therapy a major procedure. For that reason, they typically cover 50-80% of its overall cost. (Assuming you’ve met your yearly deductible.)
Of course, every dental policy is different. Your own may have different rules for root canals. As such, confirm your benefits before pursuing care. Our team can help you do so if necessary.
Other Options for Making Root Canal Therapy Affordable
Besides insurance, there are other ways to make root canals affordable. One such method is to find a good payment option with your local dental practice.
Just look at Seaside Family Dentistry, for instance. Our office provides flexible financing via CareCredit and Compassionate Finance. Through these services, you can pay for treatment with low-interest monthly installments. You could afford a root canal gradually rather than all at once.
If you need financial help for root canals, you can trust Seaside Family Dentistry. Just book a consultation with us to learn about relevant treatment costs.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is a root canal painful?
In most cases, receiving a root canal treatment feels like receiving a filling — and at Seaside Family Dentistry, we offer comfort options that eliminate pain and induce a serene, relaxed state while we perform this simple procedure.
Is a root canal the same as a filling?
A filling is a less extensive procedure than a root canal and only requires the removal of decay from the tooth’s surface. During a root canal, the damaged tooth pulp and nerve are removed before the filling or other restorations are applied.