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What is Root Canal?

A root canal is a common procedure used to extract the soft interior of a tooth that’s become inflamed or infected to prevent further damage to the tooth. Teeth consist of three basic layers – the gleaming enamel, sturdy dentin, and the pulp. The soft interior pulp houses the tooth’s nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue that helps it grow during development.

Once done with growth, the only purpose pulp serves is to help the tooth detect hot and cold. It can be safely removed without affecting it’s long term health or function, as it gains nutrients from the surrounding gum tissues.

When Do I Need A Root Canal?

When that pulp becomes infected or inflamed from deep tooth decay, repeated dental procedures, bad crowns, or tooth cracks a root canal is often the treatment. A tooth with infected pulp can cause a severe abscess in the tooth. Bone loss in the jaw near the root tip, swelling in the mouth and face, and drainage can occur.

Other signs pointing to the need for a root canal may include pain and tenderness near the tooth and excessive sensitivity to temperature extremes. Left alone, an infected pulp can lead to serious health implications, so it’s best to seek treatment early.

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What Is The Cost Of A Root Canal?

The costs of your root canal treatment may usually be covered by your dental insurance plan or extended dental coverage. If you are looking for more information about a specific service and the costs associated, contact one of our representatives for help. Our treatment coordinators can help you come up with an affordable way for you to pay for the oral health services you need. For more savings visit our specials page, sign up for our informational newsletter below, and like our Facebook page.

How To Pay For Your Dental Treatment?

Don’t worry if you have reached the maximum cap with your insurance provider for the year or do not otherwise have coverage to pay for your dental treatment, there are other options available.

We offer a convenient list of options for making payment arrangements, and we work hard to make many third-party lenders and other types of credit programs available for our patients.

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