Root Canal Therapy: 3 Big Fears

If there is a classic “Oh No!” dental situation, it might be the thought of root canal therapy. Yet, the reality is that an infected tooth grows more painful when it is left untreated.  For many patients, the dental consultation and assessment is the first step to feeling better. If your Kansas City dentist has established that your root canal has infection, than a root canal therapy will clean and repair the damage, and put you back on the track to a healthy mouth and comfortable smile.

Fear # 1: It Might Hurt

Chances are you are already in some discomfort, so it’s natural to want to avoid more. Our soothing office atmosphere and capable dental team will help put you at ease. You’ll be glad to know there are numbing agents that will anesthetize the area while we work. In addition, if you are anxious about the procedure, we can provide nitrous oxide (laughing gas) during the procedure. 

Fear # 2: It Won’t Solve the Problem

While treating an infected tooth may seem like somewhat of a mystery, it is a situation that dentists deal with on a regular basis. Our dental technology can help us see inside a tooth, to make a highly accurate diagnosis. The procedure to clean out infection, support the tooth internally, and apply a protective crown if necessary has been found to be a highly effective way to preserve a tooth. While there is never an iron-clad guarantee, most patients can return to their regular home care routine, once the root canal treatment is complete.

Fear # 3: It Will Cost a Fortune

We realize financial considerations hit home for many patients. Root canal therapy is considered a restorative procedure, and may be at least partially covered under the terms of many insurance plans. We are happy to file a claim on your behalf. If you do not have dental insurance, our caring office staff can discuss payment options before we move forward with any procedure. One thisng is almost certain: waiting to treat a problem will rarely save you money.

Don’t Let Fear Keep You At Home

With decades of professional dental care experience, including in root canal therapy, native of Kansas City, Robert M. Browne, DDS is proud to provide general, cosmetic, restorative, and prosthetic care to patients from Prairie Village and surrounding communities. To learn more or to schedule a visit with Dr. Browne, contact our office today at (913) 901-8585.