Mesa area patients ask about the cost of root canals
Root canals are a commonly misunderstood procedure. When patients hear about root canal therapy, many instantly think of pain. Outdated perceptions have led patients to believe that the procedure is extremely uncomfortable and it should be avoided at all costs. However, this is not the case. Root canal therapy is a procedure that can do great good for patients who have a problem with a single tooth and want to avoid extraction.
Root canal therapy is a treatment often used to address teeth that have been affected by disease, trauma, large areas of decay, or abscesses that can reach the dental pulp and result in severe pain. Toothaches are often a sign of infection or inflammation of the dental pulp, which leads to the option of root canal therapy. Root canal therapy, sometimes called endodontic therapy, is a procedure that is done to remove the dental pulp from inside the tooth and seal it off to keep the tooth structure and eliminate the need for removing the tooth. After a tooth has been extracted, patients need to work with a dentist to discuss restoration options such as dentures, dental implants, and bridges, and many of these can be costly. Instead, root canal therapy can save the natural tooth structure, allowing patients to maintain their dental health and smile without needing additional treatments.
Root canal therapy requires the dentist to access the inner portion of the tooth to remove the dental pulp. Then, the tooth is sealed and oftentimes covered with a custom dental crown for strength and protection. The entire process is done with proper anesthetics and sedation, if necessary.
Patients who are told they need root canal therapy often ask about the cost. Cost of root canal therapy can vary depending on many different factors, so it is important for patients to have an initial consultation appointment and examination with Dr. Edward Fritz of New Health Dental to have a better understanding of the costs. Many dental insurance plans will cover root canal therapy in part or in whole, so patients with coverage are encouraged to speak to our front office about ways of reducing their out of pocket expenses for root canal therapy.