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Affordable Endodontics: Dispelling the Myth of Expensive Root Canals

March 15, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — deborahsbishop @ 8:04 pm
Patient talking to their dentist about root canals

When you hear “root canal” your mind might wander many places based on its popular depiction in media. However, root canals in modern dentistry are painless, effective, and incredibly safe, especially with an endodontic expert at the helm. Even with these reassurances, there’s one myth that persists: root canals are expensive. If you’d like to learn more about root canal treatment and how economical it is, continue reading.

What Happens During a Root Canal?

A root canal is a dental procedure used to save a severely infected or damaged tooth by removing infected tissue. The pulp at the center of your tooth holds blood vessels and nerves. When it becomes infected it can be extremely painful, so your endodontist will clean, disinfect, and seal it.

Thanks to modern advancements in anesthesia and the use of advanced technologies, the procedure has become painless and less invasive than ever. 

Are Root Canals Too Expensive?

One of the most significant misconceptions about root canals is that they are excessively expensive. While it’s true that root canals are more complex than routine dental treatments, their cost is often exaggerated. In reality, the cost of a root canal can vary, but the cost of the procedure is hardly ever more than alternatives like extraction. 

How Can I Make My Root Canal More Affordable?

Tooth location, the severity of damage, and other necessary procedures can influence the cost of your root canal. However, there are some ways to make the treatment more affordable:

  • Dental Insurance: If you have dental insurance, check your coverage to see how much of the root canal procedure is covered. Most plans provide at least partial coverage for endodontic treatments. If you need help, ask your dental team! They’ll be more than happy to go through your policy with you.
  • Payment Plans: Many dental practices offer flexible payment plans or financing options to help spread the cost of treatment over time. Third party options like CareCredit are popular because of their low and even no-interest plans.

Don’t let misconceptions about root canal costs deter you from getting the care you need. Consult with your dentist to discuss your options. Together, you can develop a treatment plan that fits your budget and restores your smile. Remember, your dental health is priceless, and investing in it today can lead to a brighter and healthier tomorrow.

About the Author

If you need a root canal in the Huntsville area, Dr. Deborah Bishop is an expert endodontic specialist with decades of experience. She earned her dental doctorate from the University of Alabama School of Dentistry and then her endodontic residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Call (256) 882-5161 to schedule an appointment at Deborah S. Bishop, DMD, PC Compassionate Endodontics or visit the website to view a full menu of services they offer.

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