to Root Canals
Many people cringe
when they hear that they are going to undergo a root
canal. Indeed, root canals are not the most pleasant
of experiences. However, with the technology available
to dentists today, including dentists that deal with
cosmetic dentistry, root canals are not as uncomfortable
procedures as they historically may have been considered.
Following a diagnosis
of the need for a root canal, following x-rays to confirm
the existence of problems of conditions that warrant
a root canal, the next step is the procedure itself.
The dentist will first deaden the area with a product
like Novocain. The next step will be drilling into the
tooth itself to reach the root.
For some people, the
drilling and exposure of the root is uncomfortable and
nerve racking even with the presence of Novocain. Nevertheless,
this portion of the root canal procedure really does
not take that long.
The main phase of
the root canal involves the insertion of special tools
through the tooth and into the root to “clean out” the
material that has accumulated in the root pocket itself
-- this can include dead nerve tissue and related matter.
Essentially, the dentist uses tools that scrape this
When all is said and
done, the discomfort associated with root canals is
minimal when one considers the fact that it is a vital
procedure to ensure a healthy mouth and smile well into
Costs for Root Canals
As with all other
dental procedures, the costs associated with root canals
varies. You will want to consult with your dentist in
advance of the procedure to determine exactly what a
root canal will cost.
The costs will include
the initial dental examination which likely will cost
somewhere in the neighborhood of $75 to $125. In addition,
x-rays will be involved in the process that likely will
cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $50 to $110. Finally,
the procedure itself will end up costing a patient anywhere
from $150 to $300. In addition, in many instances following
a root canal, a crown will need to be placed on the
tooth in through which the procedure was performed.
This will increase the costs associated with the root