Prioritizing Our Patients' Health & Safety 

Dear patients,

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.
 
Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.
 
Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.
 
You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:
 
• If you are sick or concerned you might be sick, please cancel your appointment. You will not be penalized in any way for the cancellation, even at the last minute.
 
• Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. When you get to the office, you are asked to remain in your car and call our office number 972-412-5064. A staff member will come out to you and you will be asked those same screening questions again and have your temperature taken before entering the office.
 
• If you are a new patient, we would really appreciate you using the online patient portal to fill out paperwork prior to your appointment.
 
• We will ask you to immediately wash your hands with soap and water when you enter the office.
 
• You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect. There will also be very few chairs present to avoid crowds in the waiting room. Computers will have disposable covers and counter tops, door handles, waiting room chairs and surfaces will be disinfected with increased frequency.
 
• Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment. We will also ask that only the patient, and in necessary cases a legal guardian, enter the office. Older children and adults are requested to experience their appointments alone while family members remain in the car and/or waiting room.
 
• We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.
 
We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at 972-412-5064 or visit our website at www.mymouthdental.com.  
 
Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.
 
Sincerely,
Dr. Ramsey, Dr. Montoya and Team

The Cost of Root Canal Therapy

The Procedure from Start to Finish

A root canal begins with creating an opening in the affected tooth, to reach the interior chamber where the pulp is housed. Pulp consists of connective tissues and the tooth’s nerve. Root canal therapy is necessary when bacteria invade the pulp and cause a tooth to become internally and irreparably infected. The dentist will remove the diseased pulp, then thoroughly clean the tooth’s main chamber and all canals. Micro-instruments are used to thoroughly cleanse each canal and remove all diseased tissue. Next, the tooth is filled in with gutta percha (or another rubbery substance) and sealed with a filling or temporary crown. Eventually, a permanent restoration will be put into place.

cost of root canal
The cost of a root canal depends primarily on the complexity of your case.

The base price of root canal therapy ranges from $300 to $2500 dollars, depending upon the extent of your procedure. However, there are several other factors that will add to the cost of treatment, including the type of restoration you receive, the materials used, and your dentist's experience. In general, posterior teeth, or molars, are more expensive to treat, because they have more roots than other teeth. Additionally, you can expect to pay more for a high-quality dental crown than a filling. Your dentist can provide a more detailed explanation of root canal cost during your consultation. 

The base price of root canal therapy ranges from $300 to $2500 dollars, depending upon the extent of your procedure. 

The Steps of a Root Canal

The first step of treatment involves creating a small opening in the affected tooth to access the inner chamber. This area contains the pulp of the tooth, which is composed of blood vessels, the nerve, and connective tissue. The doctor must first carefully remove the compromised pulp, before cleaning and reshaping the root canals. After filling the space with a rubber-like substance, the doctor can restore the tooth with either a crown or filling.

Cost Breakdown

To gain a comprehensive picture of treatment cost, you have to take into account several factors.

The Procedure

Each element of the procedure can impact the overall cost.

  • Prior to treating the affected tooth, the dentist must take x-rays of the area to determine the extent of the infection. Sometimes, x-rays are covered by dental insurance. Other times, they are a separate out-of-pocket expense.
  • During the procedure, you will be provided with a local anesthetic to numb your gums. You may also elect to receive a stronger form of sedation if you feel especially anxious about undergoing treatment. Nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and intravenous (IV) medication carry their own costs.
  • You may receive a temporary restoration if you need a custom dental crown to restore your tooth. A temporary crown, as well as a second visit to the office, can add to your expenses.

Together, these elements typically cost between $300 and $2500.

The Restoration

The price of treatment will also depend on the type of restoration you need, as well as the material used for fabrication. Fillings are much less expensive than crowns and cost between $75 and $200. Crowns involve considerably more planning, and their cost ranges from $500 to $2500. A porcelain-fused-to-metal crown is a more affordable option than an all-porcelain or zirconia crown. However higher quality restorations will often provide more aesthetically pleasing results.

The Type of Doctor

If you are treated by an endodontist rather than a general dentist, you can expect fees to be 30 to 40 percent higher. However, endodontists have at least two additional years of training and specialize in treating the inner portion of the tooth. In some cases, you may see an endodontist for the root canal procedure, and a dentist for the restoration. The location of the office can also impact the cost, as fees are typically higher in metropolitan areas with higher overheads.

Re-Treatment

If an initial root canal fails, the second procedure often costs more than the original treatment. These procedures are typically more complex and require a crown rather than a filling.

Some of the biggest considerations that impact the cost of a root canal are the number and types of teeth being treated, the severity of disease or infection in the affected tooth, the type of restoration chosen, and who performs the procedure.

Insurance Coverage

Before you undergo root canal therapy, it is important to understand your insurance coverage. You may need to meet a deductible before insurance kicks in, and your plan may have an annual dollar maximum. If you have an insurance plan that covers only part of the cost, you will be responsible for the remainder. Also keep in mind that some plans limit patients to one root canal per a period of time, meaning re-treatment would not be covered. Talk to your doctor about any questions or concerns regarding the overall cost of your treatment.

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My Mouth Dental and My Kidz Mouth Dental

At My Mouth Dental and My Kidz Mouth Dental, we are committed to providing the very highest standard of care for patients of all ages. Drs. José Montoya, Ashley Ramsey, and Neha Khanolkar provide a range of services and are affiliated with:

  • The American Dental Association
  • The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • The College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

Are you ready to achieve excellent oral health? Reach out to our practice by requesting a consultation online or calling us at (972) 412-5064.

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