Respected dentist in Hanford, CA explains the cost factors of root canal therapy

If you experience a sharp, throbbing, or constant pain when eating or chewing, it may be due to damage inside the pulp chamber of the tooth. The sooner you seek treatment, the higher the likelihood the dentist can save the tooth with root canal therapy. Although the treatment has been misunderstood in the past, the truth is a root canal can deliver several benefits such as relieving pain from a toothache. Dr. Nikunj Raiyani provides root canal therapy at his practice, Hanford Family Dental Center. Patients in Hanford, CA and the surrounding communities seek Dr. Raiyani and our team for gentle care. As advocates of patient education, we can explain the signs of tooth infections, what can be expected throughout treatment, and cost factors of root canal therapy.

To understand how an infection develops, it helps to know the anatomy of the tooth. Blood vessels, nerves, and other tissues are found in the interior of the tooth. Decay or a fracture can lead to an infection inside the dental pulp chamber. Once infected, the dental pulp begins to die and the body responds with an inflammatory response. The result is usually a painful toothache. If left untreated, the infection can enter the bloodstream and cause several health conditions. In addition to a toothache, there may be signs such as tooth discoloration or swollen gums. An abscess can develop and you may experience prolonged sensitivity to cold or hot beverages and foods. There might be gum tenderness near the infected tooth. The symptoms may be uncomfortable, but root canal therapy can provide relief.

Before the procedure, we use local anesthetic to numb the affected area. Dr. Raiyani will remove debris and the infection, clean and sterilize the canals, and shape and seal them. Then, Dr. Raiyani will protect the treated tooth with a temporary crown. At your next visit, Dr. Raiyani places a final crown that is customized for precise fit. The crown is made of porcelain, which blends beautifully with the smile.

The cost of root canal therapy can vary based on the severity of the tooth infection. The longer you wait to see the dentist, the more severe the infection can become. Many insurance companies cover root canals and Hanford Family Dental Center participates in most major dental insurance plans. We also provide a flexible, interest-free payment plan. We are committed to the health of your smile and we will work with you to help you receive the care you need. To learn more about root canal therapy, call (559) 530-8080 today.

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