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Root Canal Therapy – Brookfield, WI
Relief in Record Time
Are you currently suffering through a monster of a toothache? Is it impossible to eat or even sleep due to the intense pain? If so, then dental decay or damage may have reached the center of your tooth where the nerve lies. In this case, the best treatment option for you may be root canal therapy. While root canals have an intimidating reputation for being painful, the truth is that they actually cure your pain, providing relief in record time. If you’re dealing with extreme sensitivity or a terrible toothache, call our Brookfield office right away.
Signs You Might Need a Root Canal
The only way to know for sure whether you need a root canal is to come into our office for an assessment from one of our dentists. It’s important to recognize some of the common signs that you might need a root canal, including:
- Persistent, throbbing toothache
- Sharp pain when biting down
- Extreme sensitivity to heat and cold
- Dark discoloration of the gums near the affected tooth
- Infected tissue resulting in sores or bumps in the gums surrounding the tooth
What to Expect When Getting a Root Canal
Depending on how severe your situation is, your root canal may take place over the course of one to two appointments. We begin the procedure by numbing the area with local anesthetic so that you shouldn’t feel any pain. Then, we create a small hole in the tooth through which we access the interior tissue, called the pulp. We use special instruments to remove the damaged pulp and nerve. In some cases, we may apply a topical antibiotic directly to the infected area. Once the inside of the tooth has been thoroughly cleaned out, we replace the pulp with a synthetic material called gutta-percha. After sealing the access hole, we place a temporary dental crown to protect the tooth. A few weeks later, after you’ve fully healed, we'll replace your temporary with a permanent crown to protect the tooth from further damage.
What Will It Cost to Get a Root Canal?
There is no fixed cost of getting a root canal because it can vary based on several factors, the biggest one being the location of the tooth in your mouth. Your back teeth, or molars, have more root canals inside them that need to be cleaned out, which is why they typically cost more than root canals for front teeth. Your cost will also depend on your individual insurance policy. Since a root canal is considered a restorative procedure, your insurance may cover up to 50% of the cost.
No matter how much you end up paying for a root canal, keep in mind that, in most cases, the only alternative is extracting the tooth entirely. Extractions usually cost more than a root canal. Replacing a missing tooth will also incur additional costs. Not only do root canals save and preserve natural teeth, but they can help patients save a lot of money as well!
Our entire team looks forward to serving your family. Call our Brookfield, WI dental office at 262-444-0232 today to schedule an appointment. We’re open early mornings and evenings for your convenience. Located in Brookfield, our office also serves patients from Elm Grove, Milwaukee, Pewaukee, Waukesha, and New Berlin.