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Root Canal Treatment – Burien, WA

Target the Root of the Problem

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According to the EDU School of Dental Medicine, more than 15 million root canals are performed annually. Despite how routine they are and how painless the procedure is, this emergency dental treatment continues to be feared. For that reason, we’ve dedicated this page to reviewing why it’s necessary, what to expect during your time in the treatment chair, and more. Of course, you’re always welcome to schedule an appointment with us if you want to continue your research as well!

Why Choose Seahurst Park Dentistry of Burien for Root Canal Treatment?

Do I Need Root Canal Treatment?

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At your biannual dental checkups, Dr. David Thomas will examine your most recent X-rays and look at your teeth and gums, looking for warning signs of tooth decay and infections in the process. That way, any oral health problems that are present aren’t allowed to progress. Since these appointments usually only happen two times a year, however, it’s important that you also keep an eye out for abnormal dental symptoms between visits, including:

The Root Canal Process 

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Patients often forget that the very first step of the entire treatment process is using a numbing agent. In other words, you don’t have to worry – you won’t feel any pain or discomfort during the procedure! After checking in to make sure you can’t feel anything and that you are ready to begin, Dr. Thomas will access the inner chambers of your tooth with a special instrument. Then, he will remove the pulp, sanitize the area, and fill it with a synthetic gutta-percha material. Finally, he will cover the treated tooth with a dental crown to protect it from damage moving forward.

The Benefits of Getting a Root Canal

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Unfortunately, many patients only hear the bad (untrue) things about root canal treatment. The reality is that this tooth-saving treatment actually comes with several benefits, including:

Understanding the Cost of Root Canals

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The final cost of your root canal will depend on the complexity of your situation, so we can’t give you a precise estimate until we examine your mouth at your consultation. While the procedure may seem pricey at first glance, it can eliminate the source of your toothache, prevent further damage, and allow you to avoid the need for more costly and invasive treatments later. We’ll be happy to go over the details of your insurance plan and financing options at your consultation.

Factors That Can Affect Root Canal Cost

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While we’ll need to thoroughly evaluate your oral health situation before we can give you a proper cost estimate for your root canal treatment, there are several factors that can help determine the overall price. These include:

  • The type and location of the tooth: Teeth that are farther back in the mouth are larger and have more roots, making treating them with a root canal more complicated and, accordingly, more costly.
  • The complexity of the tooth: While we typically perform root canal treatments in our Burien office, we sometimes refer patients to an outside specialist who may use a different pricing structure than our own.
  • If any additional services are required: Teeth usually need to receive dental crowns after root canals, and the cost of your restoration will be reflected in your bill.

Is It Cheaper to Pull My Tooth?

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Some patients are tempted to think that it might be cheaper and easier to have a tooth extracted rather than have it treated with a root canal. While an extraction may seem less expensive at first, dentists recommend replacing a lost tooth as soon as possible to prevent the neighboring teeth from drifting out of alignment as well as infections and dental injuries. The cost of restorations like implants, dental bridges, or dentures and any replacements they may require over the years is not insignificant. Undergoing a root canal can save you money in the long run by allowing you to keep your natural tooth for a lifetime.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Root Canals?

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Since root canals are considered major restorative procedures, dental insurance plans usually cover them at 50% to 80% after their deductibles have been met. However, it’s important to understand what your particular insurance provider offers before you commit to root canal treatment. Our team will be glad to go over the details of your plan with you to help you get everything you can out of your coverage.

Other Options for Making Root Canal Treatment Affordable

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Since even people without dental insurance can need a root canal, we offer several options to make the cost of this treatment more manageable. These include:

  • Financing: We offer a 6-month financing plan with 0% interest to help patients get the care they need even if they are on a budget.
  • Dental Membership Plans: We offer several membership plans for a monthly fee. These plans include benefits such as professional exams, cleanings, discounted treatments, and annual X-rays.

Our staff is ready and eager to help patients understand what they can expect to pay as well as their payment options. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our office.

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