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Root Canal Therapy – Worcester, MA

A Nonsurgical Way to Stop Tooth Pain

Despite its reputation, this procedure is actually used to relieve pain, not cause it. Simply put, it’s a minimally invasive, nonsurgical way to remove infected tissue from inside your tooth in order to protect your mouth and your overall health. Successful root canal therapy could mean the difference between keeping a natural tooth and needing to replace it. Call Worcester Endodontics today to set up a consultation if you have a damaged or hurting tooth that needs pain-relieving root canal therapy in Worcester, MA right away.

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Why Choose Worcester Endodontics for Root Canal Therapy?

Signs That You Need Root Canal Therapy

Woman in need of root canal therapy holding cheek in pain

You may have an infection that requires root canal therapy if:

The Root Canal Treatment Procedure

Animated smile during root canal therapy procedure

Root canal therapy is completed in one to three visits. The area around the tooth will be numbed with a local anesthetic. Then we’ll create an opening in the tooth in order to remove the pulp inside. We’ll then need to clean the inside of the tooth (including the various root canals) in order to make sure that the infection is completely gone. Afterwards, the tooth will be filled with a biocompatible material and sealed. We may suggest a crown for added strength and protection as well.

Root Canal Aftercare

Woman eating yogurt while healing from root canal therapy

During the next few days, you can take any medication that has been prescribed to you to manage your discomfort. Plan to eat softer foods at first, and only chew with the side of the mouth that didn’t receive treatment. You can brush your teeth normally, but you’ll have to be gentle with the treated tooth. You can expect the pain to fade after a few days; if it does not, call our endodontic office immediately.

Understanding the Cost of Root Canals

a patient visiting her dentist for a root canal

Here at Worcester Endodontics, we understand that you might feel a little intimidated going into a root canal—especially if you have questions and concerns about the potential cost of treatment. But you should know that a root canal is realistically one of the most affordable ways to save a compromised tooth! Our knowledgeable team is happy to work with you to ensure that you understand every factor that determines what you’ll pay and how you can lower your expenses whenever possible. Continue reading below to learn more!

Factors That Can Affect Root Canal Cost

It’s important to note that it’s impossible to provide you with an exact estimate for your root canal until we’ve examined your dental situation. That said, there are a few main factors worth mentioning that often contribute to the overall cost:

  • The location of the tooth – It’s usually cheaper to treat damaged front teeth than damaged molars since front teeth have fewer roots, which equates to less work for your dentist.
  • The complexity of the issue – Depending on the amount of work needed, a complicated issue might require the help of an additional specialist or certain methodologies, which can contribute to your final bill.
  • Any other necessary treatments – You’ll likely require a restoration, such as a dental crown, following the procedure. Other necessary treatments like this will also influence what you end up paying.

Is It Cheaper to Pull My Tooth?

You might think that it’s cheaper to skip root canal therapy altogether and simply have the tooth extracted, but this isn’t an advisable course of action. Not only will this increase the risk of other oral health issues popping up, but it’ll also likely result in several long-term expenses. Even just one missing tooth can increase the likelihood of tooth decay, gum disease and even total tooth loss; so if you’re voluntarily opting to have them removed, you’re creating oral health problems and financial problems alike for your future self. Simply put, root canal therapy will always be more cost-effective when it comes to saving a natural tooth compared to replacing it.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Root Canal Therapy?

Root canal therapy is often considered a major procedure, and it’s pretty common for dental insurance plans to cover anywhere from 50% to 80% of the total cost, assuming your deductible has been met. That said, since every dental insurance plan differs, it’s in your best interest to confirm the specifics of your plan with your provider before committing to treatment. We’re proud to partner with various insurance providers and would be more than happy to sit down with you and review your coverage so that you can make the most out of your plan’s benefits!

Other Options for Making Root Canal Therapy Affordable

Even if you don’t have dental insurance, you aren’t entirely out of luck when it comes to affording root canal therapy; there are various ways you can lower the cost of care! We’re committed to providing an elite level of endodontic care that’ll fit within your budget, and we’re thrilled to offer third-party financing through CareCredit that will allow you to break up your cost of care into smaller, affordable monthly installments. Don’t hesitate to contact us today to learn more about how you can get your compromised tooth the urgent care it needs without breaking the bank!

Root Canal FAQs

Worcester dentist explaining root canal to patient

Since there are lots of rumors surrounding root canals, it’s not surprising that patients have lots of questions about them. Can I take antibiotics instead? What happens if I wait too long to get treatment? Is there something I can do to prevent it? You can find out the answer to all of these questions and more right here.

Can Root Canals Be Prevented?

In large part, yes. While genetics do play a role, there are a multitude of best practices you can implement to help keep your teeth happy, healthy, and decay-free. A few important ones include brushing for a full two minutes twice a day, flossing daily, and rinsing with mouthwash regularly. It’s also a good idea to keep your consumption of sugar to a minimum, get a dental checkup and cleaning biannually, and stick to mostly well-balanced, nutrient-dense meals.

Can I Take Antibiotics Instead of Getting a Root Canal?

No. Antibiotics work by traveling through your bloodstream to the infected areas of your body. Since the bloodstream doesn’t reach the pulp of your tooth, antibiotics aren’t effective alone. To treat the infection and restore your oral health, your Worcester dentist will need to conduct root canal therapy or extract your tooth.

What Happens If You Wait Too Long for a Root Canal?

Postponing treatment will only delay the inevitable. It may, in fact, allow the root of the problem to progress, negatively impacting the health of your surrounding teeth and gums. At this point, a tooth extraction might be the only option. That’s why it’s so important to schedule your root canal therapy when your dentist first recommends it. It will stop the infection in its tracks, restore your bite, and allow you to enjoy a pain-free smile once more. Remember, even though root canal therapy may sound like bad news, it’s ultimately good news because it means your tooth can be saved!

Do I Still Need a Root Canal If My Toothache Went Away?

If your once painful toothache has subsided, don’t celebrate just yet. The change in your symptoms may be the result of the infection “killing” the nerve of your tooth. Although this may ease your discomfort, it’s ultimately a sign that the infection has progressed. So, it’s still a good idea to talk to your dentist about your treatment options. If a root canal in Worcester is still possible, we’ll get to work on saving your tooth. If a tooth extraction is now needed, we will create a new treatment plan with the goal of restoring your smile, bite, and oral health.

Can I Eat Before a Root Canal?

That depends! If you’re being sedated, then you may be asked to fast to avoid feeling nauseous. If you aren’t, then it’s a good idea to eat a filling, well-balanced meal a few hours before your appointment. Make sure to avoid alcohol and unhealthy dental habits, like smoking, as well.

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