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Root Canal Treatment – Brecksville, OH

Preserving Your Smile & Easing Your Pain

Root canal treatment has a bad rap, which is why many patients who hear that they need one often panic. Fortunately, its reputation is based solely on rumors that aren’t true. Root canals can actually cure your pain, all while allowing us to preserve your infected tooth so you don’t have to deal with replacing or extracting it. Dr. Mo Saleh is committed to providing all of his patients with pain-free treatments that restore their oral health, so if you have a tooth infection that may require root canal treatment with our Brecksville, OH emergency dentist, don’t hesitate to call!

Why Choose Brecksville Dental Excellence for Root Canal Treatment?

Do I Need Root Canal Treatment?

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The most common symptom of a severely decayed, cracked, or otherwise damaged tooth is pain, particularly pain when biting down. Of course, that isn’t the only warning sign to keep an eye out for. If you have a blister or pimple-like bump on your gums, there is significant discoloration on one of your teeth, or your gums are bleeding and swollen, you should contact our Brecksville dental team ASAP. At your biannual checkups, we will also screen for plaque buildup, sensitivity, inflammation, and other indicators that root canal treatment is necessary.

The Root Canal Process 

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After numbing you, Dr. Saleh will access the inner chamber of your infected tooth by creating a small hole in the enamel. He’ll then remove the infected pulp that’s causing your severe toothache and sanitize the area, making sure that no lingering bacteria are left behind. He'll then replace the interior structure of your tooth with a substance called gutta percha and top it off with a customized dental crown for added protection and support.

The Benefits of Getting a Root Canal

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Don’t let the rumors fool you; getting a root canal is actually a good thing! Why? To start, this treatment stops the infection in its tracks so that your tooth doesn’t need to be extracted in order to restore your oral health. Furthermore, you won’t experience any pain or discomfort during your time at our office thanks to powerful numbing agents and the latest techniques and technology. Lastly, the restorations used today are natural-looking and durable, ensuring you’ll love the final result and that it’ll last for years to come.

Our team at Brecksville completely understands that needing root canal treatment can cause a bit of anxiety. That’s why we’re here to answer any questions you have and walk you through the process step-by-step. Plus, we offer sedation dentistry for patients who are scared of needles, struggle with dental sensitivity, or simply need help feeling calm in the treatment chair!

Understanding the Cost of Root Canals

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As you might have gathered by now, root canals aren’t as painful as you’d think. This goes for every part of the treatment—including payment! While it’s not easy to say what a root canal will cost without knowing more about your unique circumstances, we can guarantee we’ll help you navigate budgeting for care every step of the way.

Until we can meet you, here’s some information that could help you budget for a root canal.

Factors That Can Affect Root Canal Cost

There are a variety of factors that can affect the cost of your root canal in one way or another. The first is the type of tooth that’s being treated, i.e., whether it’s a molar, bicuspid, or incisor. This is because some types of teeth have more roots than others; molars have three, bicuspids two, and incisors only one. As you’d imagine, the more roots that need to be treated, the more complicated and expensive the procedure.

Some root canal treatments can be more complicated for other reasons, like the severity of the infection affecting the tooth. In some cases, we may need to direct you to a specialist for the treatment who will have their own rates distinct from ours.

Finally, you should think about what comes after the root canal. Most of the time, patients will need to place a crown on a root canaled tooth. This restoration will incur its own cost.

Is it Cheaper to Pull My Tooth?

If you’re just looking at the cost of treatment, you’ll find that root canal therapy tends to be more expensive than just removing a tooth. While most patients would prefer to keep as many of their teeth as possible, some are tempted to just extract problem teeth for this reason.

However, we would never recommend just leaving an empty spot in your mouth after a tooth has been removed. Not only is this unsightly, it can also lead other teeth to move out of alignment. For this reason, tooth extractions are usually followed by the placing of a denture, dental bridge, or dental implant.

When considering the cost of these restorations, tooth extractions become a much more expensive option than a root canal.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Root Canals?

Root canals are major medical procedures done only when they’re absolutely necessary. That being the case, you can usually expect your dental insurance to cover anywhere from 50-80% of the treatment. That said, every plan is different. We’ll help you navigate the paperwork and let you know what kind of coverage you’ll be able to get.

Other Options for Making Root Canal Treatment Affordable

It’s deeply important to get a root canal if you need one. That being the case, patients without insurance often have to find options to make their care more affordable. One of the most common we work with is CareCredit, a dental financing firm that can allow you to may monthly payments toward the cost of treatment. This means that you can get the urgent care you need now, then pay off the treatment later.

If you’re concerned about affording dental care from us, give us a call and we’ll be happy to discuss finances with you.

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