How Painful is a Root Canal?
There should be absolutely no pain during the root canal procedure. If there is, we ask that you tell us, so we can ensure you are properly numb. We offer dental sedation options because we believe your comfort level during your appointment is important. After the root canal procedure and the anesthesia wears off, you can expect to feel some pain. However, the pain should not be debilitating or prevent you from performing normal daily activities. Pain will be most significant immediately after treatment and normally resolve within 3-5 days.
Can Dentists Perform a Root Canal, or Do You Need to See a Specialist?
Dentists can perform many root canals, although there are times when seeing a specialist would be a better option. For example, some molars have complicated anatomy requiring a specialist to complete the root canal successfully. Additionally, if a tooth has had a root canal previously and needs more treatment, we often recommend a specialist to treat the problem. Our root canal dentist, Dr. Barta, will let you know if a specialist is needed after carefully examining your tooth.
Does Insurance Cover the Cost of a Root Canal?
Coverage for root canals depends upon the insurance plan. Sometimes dental benefits will cover up to 80% of the cost of root canals, but sometimes the insurance carrier places the burden of payment entirely upon the patient. Contact us to help determine what your cost would be for root canal treatment.