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Root Canal Therapy – Tyler, TX

The Answer to Severe Tooth Pain

Do you have persistent pain in your tooth? If this discomfort is severe, it may be a sign of a tooth infection. You’ll need to see Dr. Stansbury as soon as possible to prevent the infection from spreading and compromising your overall oral health. Call us immediately to find out if you’re in need of root canal therapy from our Tyler, TX dental office.

Young man with healthy smile after root canal therapy

Why Choose Stansbury Dental for Root Canal Therapy?

Anatomy Of The Tooth

Model of damaged tooth before root canal therapy

Your teeth contain several layers: the outer protective enamel, a secondary layer of sensitive dentin, and an inner pulp that contains components which are commonly referred to as the nerve of the tooth. Each pulp chamber branches off, forming canals that lead toward the tooth root tip. These infamous root canals provide a means for the tooth to absorb what it needs from the blood and get rid of toxins or other unnecessary materials through the blood stream.

A deep cavity, traumatic injury, or tooth fracture can make the canal susceptible to bacterial infection, which can kill these delicate tissues, stimulate increased blood flow, and create pressure within the tooth. This can cause severe tooth pain and may initiate bone degeneration, tooth loss, and even more acute pain. If you see Dennis E. Stansbury, DDS in the earliest stages of this condition, the tooth may be saved with a root canal. Otherwise, it will need to be extracted and substituted with a tooth replacement from our restorative dentistry team.

Are Root Canals Painful?

Smiling man in dental chair for root canal therapy

Many of our root canal therapy patients worry that the procedure is a painful one, but that isn’t the case. In fact, the entire process can be so comfortable that many Tyler patients doze off. Oftentimes, treatment can be completed in a single appointment to Dr. Stansbury’s dental office.

We simply clean out the diseased canal, fill it with a tooth-colored dental composite, and seal it from further infection. While some patients experience post-procedural soreness or slight tissue inflammation, these are controllable with over-the-counter analgesics. Dr. Stansbury will recommend diligent at-home care and regular follow-up visits at our Tyler dental office to maintain a healthy and vibrant smile.

Dr. Dennis Stansbury and our team look forward to building a lasting relationship with you and your family. Our comprehensive services are designed to meet the diverse needs of our patients. Call our Tyler dental office today at (903) 508-4207 to schedule your root canal therapy appointment with our experienced restorative dentist. We see patients from Tyler, Flint, Kilgore, Lindale, and other close Texas communities.

Understanding the Cost of Root Canals

Woman learning cost of root canals in Tyler

The cost of root canals will vary from person to person. This extensive procedure requires examining your oral cavity and determining the severity of your infected tooth. Dr. Stansbury is a skilled professional who is committed to helping relieve the pain as quickly and comfortably as possible. Because these procedures have a success rate of more than 95%, they are worth the investment in time and money, especially when you consider the alternative of pulling a tooth and having to replace it. To help you better understand the various components that our team will consider when drafting your estimated cost, review the information below and contact us with any additional questions.

Factors That Can Affect Root Canal Cost

Man at root canal consultation in Tyler

Once you schedule a consultation with Dr. Stansbury, we will thoroughly evaluate your smile using digital X-rays and a visual examination. Once he has a better idea as to the severity of the problem, he will consider the following factors, as these most commonly influence your final cost:

  • The type of tooth as well as its location inside your mouth
  • The difficulty level of the root canal
  • Whether you will require additional restorative services, such as a dental crown

In the state of Texas, the average root canal cost for front teeth falls between $300 and $1,000 per tooth. For bicuspids (i.e., premolars), the cost ranges from $400-$1,800 per tooth, and for molars, you might spend between $500-$2000 per tooth.

  • It's important to keep everything clean, so brush gently but thoroughly at least twice a day and floss once. You may also want to use an antiseptic mouthwash twice a day as well.
  • If you have pain that gets worse or persists beyond the first few days, give us a call right away.
  • Also, keep in mind that a root canal removes the blood supply of a tooth, so it will be somewhat weaker and more prone to breaking than it was before. A dental crown will restore your tooth's strength and is almost always recommended in the weeks or months following a root canal. Until that's done, chew on the opposite side of your mouth and be careful with hard or crunchy foods.

    Does Insurance Cover Root Canals?

    Most dental insurance plans cover root canals at around 50% after the deductible has been met. However, plans vary quite a bit, so be sure to check your individual benefits. And if you have any questions, give us a call and we'll be happy to explain your coverage.

    If you don't have insurance, we also accept CareCredit, a third-party financing option that allows you to make low or no-interest monthly payments.

    What Will Happen If I Choose Not To Have a Root Canal?

    If you choose not to have a root canal, you're at high risk for a severe toothache and/or an infection that spreads and becomes worse. Sadly, there have actually been cases in which dental infections have been fatal after spreading to the brain. And while you always have the option of having your tooth extracted, we only recommend that as a last resort.

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