Root canals are one of the most common procedures performed by dentists, but not everyone knows that recovery time varies from patient to patient depending on the severity of the condition being treated. If you’re planning to have a root canal, there are certain symptoms to watch out for in order to ensure that your recovery is going smoothly and that you don’t end up experiencing any side effects from the procedure such as infection or excessive pain. Here’s what you need to know before having a root canal recovery so that you can make an informed decision about your treatment options and get started on your recovery process right away.
Root Canal Recovery Time
Root canal recovery can take anywhere from one week to three months, depending on how healthy your mouth is before undergoing treatment. During your root canal recovery time, you may experience discomfort and sensitivity due to food hardening on teeth. This is nothing new though, as dentists have been dealing with these issues for decades! By practicing proper oral hygiene habits after a root canal procedure—and by avoiding processed foods—you should be able to recover quickly. If you’re ever in doubt about which foods are better than others during root canal recovery time, consult with your dentist and don’t hesitate to call if you have further questions or concerns.
Tips for Recovering from Root Canals
A root canal is typically performed to remove infected pulp (the soft tissue inside your tooth) that’s been damaged by a cavity or cracked tooth. It’s also used to relieve pain associated with nerves in teeth that have died. A root canal recovery can take anywhere from weeks to months depending on how severe your infection was, but don’t be surprised if you feel some discomfort for up to six months after your procedure. Keep these tips in mind for recovering from root canals
Possible Complications from Root Canals
Root canal recovery can be difficult, as many people never fully regain their tooth’s original strength. As well, if you choose to ignore your dentist’s advice and re-drill or chew on your tooth again, it may experience another problem that leads to an entirely new root canal procedure and endodontic treatment. Infection is another issue; if bacteria travel from your root canal into one of your other teeth through exposed roots, bacteria can easily get into your bloodstream and cause long-term problems. Call us at (604) 884-1472 for more information about root canals in Vancouver. Our team would be happy to help you understand what’s involved with root canals before they take place.
Does Insurance Cover Root Canals?
While some dental insurance plans cover root canals, not all do. Typically you have to pay anywhere from $100-600 out of pocket for a root canal procedure, depending on your insurance plan and individual dentist. In addition, as an alternative payment option for those without dental insurance coverage for root canals, cash-only dentists are available throughout North America. Just be sure you’re going to an accredited dentist who has practiced for at least three years with an accreditation from the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) before choosing one of these alternatives! Finally, if you choose a cash only dentist, you may need to travel outside of your area in order to find someone willing and able to perform a root canal for cash.
When Should I See a Dentist About Root Canal Pain?
In addition to regular dental costs, there are some additional expenses that can come with getting a root canal. These include: pre-exam and x-rays ($40-$100), anesthesia ($300-$1,000) and temporary crown ($350). Depending on your geographic location, insurance coverage, age and dental history you may be eligible for lower cost alternatives. Talk with your dentist about ways you can save money while maintaining quality care. If you have dental insurance, it’s worth confirming with your plan administrator that they will cover any expense related to your treatment before scheduling anything. The same applies if you’re in need of financial assistance.
How Much Does a Root Canal Cost?
If you’re having severe tooth pain and believe it could be caused by a dental infection, you should visit your dentist as soon as possible. Treating an infection as early as possible is key. However, when you see your dentist for any kind of procedure, costs can vary widely depending on what’s involved.