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Root Canal Therapy – Bellevue, WA

Relieve Toothaches & Renew Oral Health

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At Bellevue Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we know that visiting the dentist isn’t every patient’s favorite activity, and when patients hear they need a root canal, even the toughest people may find themselves cringing. Luckily, your Bellevue dental office team is here to set the record straight on root canal therapy. It doesn’t hurt! In fact, it can relieve pain and save a tooth you may otherwise lose. At Bellevue Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer a wide range of treatments to keep patients’ smiles whole and healthy for life, including root canal therapy. If you’re interested in finding out more or scheduling an appointment, call our Bellevue dental office. One of our knowledgeable team members will walk you through at-home care to relieve pain and protect your smile until you reach our office.

What is a Root Canal?

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A root canal is a dental treatment that is necessary when dental damage or decay reaches the very inner layer of the tooth called the pulp. Within this inner-most layer, the tooth’s nerve is housed. When the damage and decay access this nerve tissue, the painful result puts the entire structure and function of the tooth at risk. Root canal therapy allows us to remove and replace this damaged internal tooth structure and restore oral health and function.

How do I Know if I Need Root Canal Therapy?

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To know for sure that you need a root canal, you’ll need to visit our office for an examination. However, some of the warning signs that you may need root canal therapy include the following:

  • Severe toothache – dull constant throbbing and/or sharp pain when biting down
  • Dental sensitivity – lingering discomfort when the tooth is exposed to heat or cold
  • Discoloration – darkening of the tooth usually near the gum line
  • Infection – gum swelling or sores around an individual tooth as well as other signs of infection, including fever, fatigue, and nausea

What is the Root Canal Treatment Process?

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The root canal treatment process can take several trips to our dental office. During the first appointment, our top priority is ensuring your comfort. We start by numbing the area around your damaged tooth. Then, we drill from the top of the tooth into the pulp layer. The entire nerve, pulp, and other damaged tissues are all removed. The inside of the tooth is thoroughly cleansed to prevent additional damage or decay. Next, the tooth is refilled with a biocompatible substance. The access hole is resealed with tooth-colored composite. Finally, a dental crown is typically placed to protect and strengthen the tooth to ensure the success of your root canal therapy.

Understanding the Cost of Root Canals

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There is no universal cost of root canals. The price of this procedure depends on a number of different factors. During your consultation, we will be able to provide you with a personalized cost estimate. We will also help you learn about your payment options, such as insurance and financing.

Factors That Can Affect Root Canal Cost

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Some factors that can influence the cost of root canal therapy for Bellevue patients include:

  • The type and location of the tooth that requires treatment. Front teeth tend to be easier to treat than molars. Therefore, there is a difference in price.
  • The complexity of the case. Taneja can perform most root canals right here in our office. However, we occasionally must refer patients to an outside specialist, whose pricing structure may be quite different from our own.
  • Additional treatment. It is common for patients to require a crown after their root canal therapy. Logically, this increases the overall cost of care.

Is It Cheaper to Pull My Tooth?

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The upfront cost of a tooth extraction is less than that of root canal therapy. However, we urge you to consider the long-term financial implications of any treatment you choose. With a root canal, you can expect to enjoy many years (perhaps even a lifetime) of function from your treated tooth. For most patients, it presents a one-time cost.

With an extraction, on the other hand, you will have to pay for tooth replacement, such as a bridge or dental implant. Such treatments can cost quite a bit. In fact, their cost, combined with that of the extraction, often equates to more than simply getting a root canal in the first place.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Root Canals?

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Yes, in most cases, dental insurance covers root canal therapy. Depending on your policy, the treatment might be classified as a minor or major procedure, meaning that anywhere from 50% to 80% of its cost might be covered, up to the amount of your plan’s annual maximum. Crowns are also usually covered by insurance. Our expert team can help you navigate your benefits and use them in the most advantageous way.

Other Options for Making Root Canal Therapy Affordable

In addition to assisting you with insurance, we offer a few provisions that might help you afford your root canal therapy:

  • We accept CareCredit. CareCredit is a third-party company that provides low-interest and no-interest financing for dental services. Most patients are eligible for a payment plan that fits within their budget.
  • Free emergency exam for family members of existing patients. If one of your family members is a patient here, you can visit us for the first time and get an emergency exam for nothing out of pocket. If we determine that you need root canal therapy, we can further discuss the financial side of your care.

Do not let concerns about cost hold you back from receiving needed treatment. Our team is here to help you regain a healthy smile without breaking the bank.

Root Canal FAQs

Chances are you’ve heard plenty of scary things about root canals. The good news is that most of these things are just rumors. In truth, there is nothing to fear about root canal therapy. That said, you may still have some questions regarding the treatment, so we’ve included the answers to a few frequently asked questions about root canals below. Of course, we’ll be happy to answer any questions you still have during your appointment.

Are Root Canals Painful?

Of all the root canal myths out there, this one is perhaps the most pervasive. The pain that people often associate with root canal therapy actually comes from the toothache that warrants the procedure. In fact, root canals are designed to relieve this pain.

Before we begin your procedure, we’ll use a local anesthetic to ensure your mouth is numb. If need be, we can even administer nitrous oxide sedation to help you relax. While your mouth may be sore for the next few days, your root canal itself should not hurt.

What Should I Expect After My Root Canal?

After your root canal is finished, we’ll send you home with personalized guidelines to promote a smooth and speedy recovery. For the first few days, your tooth will feel sore or sensitive, so we recommend eating a soft food diet during this time. You can still brush and floss as normal, but just be gentle around the treatment area. If you experience severe swelling, bleeding, or pain that worsens instead of improving after two or three days, then give us a call right away.

How Long Can I Wait to Get a Root Canal?

No one wants to take time out of their busy schedule to get a root canal. However, waiting too long to undergo this procedure that you need could have serious consequences. If you delay getting a root canal for too long, the condition of your tooth may worsen. It may end up having to be removed entirely. Extracting and replacing a tooth is a much more complex (and expensive) process than root canal therapy. To keep your oral health in the best shape possible, it’s best to schedule your root canal procedure soon after we let you know that you need one.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Root Canals?

Generally, dental insurance providers consider root canal therapy to be a major restorative treatment. This means that once you have paid your deductible for the year, your insurance will cover about 50% of the cost until you reach your annual maximum.

Our practice is in-network with a long list of popular dental insurance providers, including Delta Dental, Cigna, Aetna, and Humana. We’ll help you navigate the details of your plan and even file claims on your behalf to make the payment process easier. If you still need help funding your treatment, we offer low- to no-interest financing through our partnership with CareCredit.

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