Root Canal Therapy
If you're dealing with severe tooth pain, we may be able to save your natural tooth with a root canal. You might think you need to see a root canal specialist, known as an endodontist, but Dr. Henson can actually perform root canals in her Temple Terrace office. Don't just deal with the pain and risk needing a tooth extraction – call us right away for a consultation appointment!
Signs You Might Need a Root Canal
Pain is typically the first sign that something is wrong with a tooth. But other signs like tenderness, swelling, and sensitivity can also alert you to the fact that something is wrong. If you experience any of the following symptoms, give our office a call to schedule an exam. Letting Dr. Henson take a look at your teeth is the best way to determine whether you need a root canal or not.
- New and sudden onset of pain
- Lingering pain that may wake you up at night
- Sensitivity to hot or cold
- Swollen gums
- Sores (abscesses) on gums
- Pain radiating from a single tooth
Cost of Root Canal Treatment
Don't put off getting the care you need because of concerns over how much a root canal costs. Our office is insurance friendly and will work hard to maximize your benefits. For your out-of-pocket costs, we accept many forms of payment as well as CareCredit, which can split up your costs into more manageable monthly payments. Talk with a friendly team member about your options!
Root Canal FAQs
What Is a Root Canal?
When you have pain that is localized to one tooth, that's often a sign that you have an infection within the tooth or the tooth's root. During a root canal procedure, Dr. Henson cleans out the infection from the tooth and fills up the space to help keep out future infections. Once we've taken some X-rays to get a good look at your tooth, our team numbs the immediate area so you're not feeling anything more than a little pressure while we work. Then Dr. Henson drills into the tooth so she can clean out the infection. Once the bacteria is gone, she fills up the tooth with medication and seals the inside of the root canals to prevent bacteria from getting in there again. After we've taken a few X-rays to make sure all the canals are filled, we'll fit you with a crown to protect your tooth from damage and give it a little extra strength.
Do Root Canals Hurt?
Root canals have a bad reputation, but the pain from your infection is much worse than any discomfort you'll feel during your procedure. We make sure to numb the area thoroughly before we start any work. If at any time you feel pain, let us know so we can numb the area more. You can also let us know if you need a break or need us to work more slowly – whatever pace is best for you is the pace we'll work at.
Are Root Canals Safe?
A root canal is a very safe procedure. There is no need for you to be put under deep sedation, and there is minimal drilling involved. We take X-rays before we begin to make sure we know exactly where the affected tooth pulp is, and we take another X-ray after the procedure is over to make sure we've removed all the pulp and properly filled the canals. The true danger to your oral health lies in putting off your root canal therapy. The longer you wait, the more damage your tooth experiences. If you wait too long, we may not be able to save your natural tooth with a root canal, meaning we may need to extract the tooth instead. Make sure you contact our office as soon as possible if you suspect you have a tooth infection.
Are Root Canals Covered by Insurance?
Your insurance plan may cover some or all of the cost of your root canal. Our team is well-versed in dental insurance, so we can look into your benefits and let you know what your expected out-of-pocket cost will be. When you schedule your root canal appointment, we'll take your insurance information so you know what to expect before your appointment.