Affordable Root Canal Specialist in Washington DC
Although receiving a root canal is not something anybody looks forward to, Ideal Endodontics’ caring staff provides reasonably priced treatments to ensure you receive quality care. We are conveniently located at 1145 19th Street NW, Suite 314 Washington, DC 20036. For more information, please contact us or book an appointment online.
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The primary goal of most endodontic treatments is to save the natural tooth, with several treatment options and surgical procedures available to help achieve this goal.
It is almost always preferred to save the natural tooth rather than extract the tooth and replace it with an implant or other permanent endodontic option. If a tooth is extracted or cannot be saved, some sort of implant or artificial replacement is required to prevent the surrounding teeth from shifting or tilting and keep the surrounding gums healthy; however, these replacements require a significant amount of maintenance and appointments that can be painful and expensive over the years regardless of how permanent they are. Additionally, natural teeth are the most efficient option above all artificial options for aiding in the process of digestion and helping to maintain the health and strength of the jawbone through the process of chewing. Without natural teeth and regular chewing, the bones of the jaw can start to deteriorate, causing functional and aesthetic issues.
A root canal is a very common procedure that is used to remove any damaged or infected tissue from a decaying tooth to restore and save the natural tooth, but these surgical procedures can sometimes be quite pricey, particularly for those without dental insurance coverage. In cases where a patient cannot afford to undergo a root canal procedure, there is no other alternative available to ensure that the natural tooth can be saved, with tooth extraction being the most affordable option to preserve the surrounding gums and teeth and to effectively stop the infection or bacteria from spreading. However, if a tooth is extracted, some sort of artificial implant should be placed where the tooth was extracted to prevent the surrounding teeth from drifting, as well as to prevent changes in speech and chewing functions. This artificial replacement can end up being quite expensive as well, particularly for good-quality implant options and with years of maintenance being required.
Many dental offices will offer payment plans or financial plans for their patients in cases where they cannot afford the most effective treatment option or the safest option to ensure that all patients can still have access to essential dental care. Good dental hygiene directly affects the overall health of a patient, so having payment options or offers that make necessary dental and endodontic treatments accessible to all patients is essential.
For those without insurance coverage for dental and endodontic treatments, a root canal can end up costing anywhere from $500 to $1,500, with several factors influencing the total cost of the procedure. The location of the tooth will significantly affect the cost of a root canal, with the molars and other teeth located farther back in the mouth typically being a bit more expensive, most likely costing more than $1,000. Other factors that influence the total cost of a root canal include the location of the endodontist (urban areas with a higher cost of living tend to charge more for these types of procedures), the severity of the tooth decay as the procedure will need to be more extensive, taking longer and using more resources, as well as the level of expertise of the endodontist.
The total recovery time for a root canal can vary a bit from patient to patient depending on how extensive the decay has become and how well they recover from these types of procedures, but most patients can expect to recover within 7 days following the procedure. It is common for many patients to notice immediately following the procedure that they are experiencing less pain than before the treatment as the infection and damaged tissue have been entirely removed, but they will likely notice some swelling and pain for about one week. The mouth should be entirely healed within two weeks of the procedure, occasionally taking only a bit longer; otherwise, further treatment from the endodontist or a dentist may be required to aid in the healing process.
Our staff is dedicated to providing you with excellent treatment and a comfortable experience. We are conveniently located at 1145 19th Street NW, Suite 314 Washington, DC 20036. For more information, please contact us or book an appointment online. We serve patients from Washington DC, Woodbridge VA, Arlington VA, Lorton VA, Manassas VA, Springfield VA, Alexandria VA, and Silver Spring MD.