How does a tooth’s pulp become infected?
A tooth is comprised of layers; an outer layer of enamel, a main body of dentin, and the pulp chamber that houses the nerves, blood vessels, and soft tissues. Tooth infection typically begins with the erosion of tooth enamel, followed by the decaying of dentin, and if not treated, the infection of the pulp. Hesitating to treat tooth decay, or sustaining tooth damage that exposes the tooth’s pulp, can lead to internal tooth infection and the need for root canal therapy.
Will my tooth still be “alive” after root canal therapy?
Technically, your tooth won’t be “alive” after your endodontist removes the soft tissues from the pulp. However, the tooth can still function, as well as retain its strength and integrity after it has been restored and capped with a dental crown.
Is tooth extraction preferable to endodontic treatment?
Tooth extraction may be necessary for a tooth that is too infected to save. But if endodontic treatment can restore the tooth, then doing so is preferable for the good of your long-term oral health. Losing a tooth can have significant consequences for the balance of your bite and the health of your remaining teeth. Saving the tooth increases your chances of preserving the rest of your good oral health for life.
What is the cost of a root canal on a front tooth or a premolar?
The average cost of root canal treatment on a front tooth or a premolar is between $700 and $1250, depending on the dentist, and they are typically covered at 50% - 80% plus the deductible by dental insurance. But with a general dentist in Doctors Network, the cost is only $350 - $400.
What is the cost of a root canal on a molar tooth?
The average cost of molar root canal treatment is $1000 - $1500 or higher, depending on the dentist, and they are typically covered at 50% - 80% plus the deductible by dental insurance. But with a general dentist in Doctors Network, the cost is only $500.
What is the cost of a root canal retreatment?
The average cost of root canal retreatment is upwards of $1,000, depending on the dentist. But with a general dentist in Doctors Network, the cost is only $400 (for front teeth) to $600 (for molars).