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Root Canal Therapy – Bellingham, WA

Instant Relief for Hurt, Aching Teeth

A man suffering from a toothache in Bellingham, WA

There’s nothing worse than being stuck at home with a debilitating toothache, but fortunately, it’s not something that you have to needlessly endure! Here at Moreno & Young Dental, we can turn to root canal therapy to save seriously infected teeth and easily relieve any pain you’re experiencing. Our team utilizes the latest techniques and sedation practices to ensure that you’re comfortable throughout the entire process, and before you know it, you’ll feel as right as rain! If you’re in pain, don’t hesitate to give us a call so that we can help.

Do I Need Root Canal Therapy?

A patient visiting her dentist for a root canal in Bellingham, WA

Not every toothache needs to be treated with root canal therapy; the tooth-saving procedure is usually reserved for teeth that are so severely damaged or decayed that other means of treatment, like fillings or crowns, won’t do the trick. Some common signs that you may need a root canal include:

In any case, you should call us immediately if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms; we’ll work to schedule you an appointment so that you’re able to receive the relief you need as soon as possible!

The Root Canal Process

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The root canal process is not complicated and is primarily focused on alleviating discomfort while saving as much healthy tooth structure as possible. One of the first things we’ll do once you arrive is administer a local anesthetic to ensure that your mouth is completely numb. We also offer a wide variety of sedation options so that you don’t feel an ounce of anxiety or stress during your visit!

Once you’re settled in, a small hole is made in your enamel so that the infected tissue can be removed from inside your tooth. The tooth is then cleaned and sanitized to make sure it’s entirely free of bacteria before being filled back up with a biocompatible material. In most cases, the tooth is topped off with a brand-new crown for additional comfort and protection. For many patients, the entire process feels very similar to receiving a dental filling, and you might experience some slight sensitivity for a few days afterward.

The Benefits of Getting a Root Canal

A patient enjoying the benefits of a root canal in Bellingham, WA

Despite what you’ve maybe heard about root canals, they actually aren’t incredibly painful or scary at all! Not to mention, the procedure comes with several benefits you can immediately begin enjoying:

Understanding the Cost of Root Canals 

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Typically when we see patients for a root canal, they have plenty of things on their mind. However, the thing that stresses people out most is the finances of the situation. When you get root canal treatment from us, you’ll find that we’ve made every part of the procedure painless—including payment.

We’ll give you a complete estimate for what the treatment will cost once all of the preliminary exams are completed, and before that, here’s some information that may help you budget for the procedure.

Factors That Can Affect Root Canal Cost 

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Until we meet you and take a look at your tooth, it’s not really possible to give you an accurate estimate for what your root canal treatment is going to cost. This is because there’s a wide variety of variables that affects the overall price of the procedure.

For one, the type of tooth being treated can affect the procedure’s complexity—molars have three tooth roots, while incisors only have one. Some treatments are also more complex than others due to the severity of the infection that brought you to our office in the first place. The more complex the treatment, the more it’s likely to cost.

Then there are the expenditures beyond the treatment itself, like the dental crown or the necessary anesthetics, that need to be budgeted for. We’ll walk you through the cost of every element of the procedure as they become relevant.

Is it Cheaper to Pull My Tooth?

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In the short term, a tooth extraction may cost less than a root canal. However, that’s rarely the case when the whole of the expenses are considered.

You’d be hard-pressed to find a dentist who would recommend simply leaving the area where the tooth was extracted empty. If you do, it’s likely that the surrounding teeth will begin to move out of place, causing serious misalignment and overall worse oral health outcomes.

For that reason, it’s crucially important that you use dentures, a dental bridge, or a dental implant to replace the tooth that has been lost. While extracting the tooth is cheaper than root canal treatment, the whole process of removing and replacing it is substantially more expensive.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Root Canals?

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Root canal treatment is often one of the only ways to deal with a tooth that has been severely damaged. As a result, root canal treatment is often at least partially covered by dental plans, with them usually paying for anywhere from 50 to 80% of the treatment. That said, this isn’t necessarily a given, which is why it’s important to talk with your dental plan beforehand to ensure that you’re going to get the full coverage that you need.

Other Options for Making Root Canal Therapy Affordable 

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Even if you don’t have insurance, there are ways that you can make the treatment you get from us more affordable. We accept CareCredit, which is a health financing firm that functions sort of like a healthcare credit card. You can use this to pay for care upfront, then split the care into monthly installments. Care Credit offers six month financing without any interest, making it an excellent way to afford the care that you need.

If you’re in pain and need help immediately, don’t hesitate. Give us a call and we’ll help you settle the finances one you’re feeling better.

Root Canal FAQs

 a patient requiring a root canal in Bellingham


Has your dentist recommended that you receive root canal therapy? As you wait to undergo your procedure, it’s normal to want to know as much as you can about the treatment beforehand. To help you feel more comfortable and well-informed, our team has taken the time to collect and answer some of our most frequently asked questions about the restoration process. Rest assured you’ll be back to enjoying a healthy and pain-free smile once your procedure is over! Read on or give us a call today if you wish to learn more about a root canal in Bellingham.


How Long Does a Root Canal Take?

It may surprise you to know that root canal therapy can typically take a single appointment to complete. While the length of the procedure may be anywhere from 30 to 90+ minutes, the exact amount of time will depend on several factors. Firstly, the location of your tooth can impact how long it’ll take your dentist to treat it, as those in the back of your mouth are slightly harder to reach. Molars also have more roots than your front teeth, meaning they’ll need more root canals to remove the infected areas. Your dentist will be sure to walk you through your situation and provide you with a more precise estimate of your treatment timeframe before beginning your procedure.

How Much Pain Is Normal After a Root Canal?

Our dental team will make sure to completely numb your mouth before beginning your surgery, so you shouldn’t feel any pain or discomfort during the root canal itself. We can even offer you sedation dentistry, which will keep you more relaxed throughout your appointment, providing a more enjoyable experience. That said, you might feel some mild soreness and sensitivity for a few days after your treatment. The good news is that you can easily manage these sensations with over-the-counter or prescribed pain medications as directed. Keep away from chewing on that side of your mouth. If you experience any discomfort that lasts longer than three days, call us right away for help.

What Should I Do Before a Root Canal?

You’ll likely want to eat a healthy meal and avoid any alcohol and tobacco prior to your appointment. These products can disrupt the effects of the numbing agents, interfering with the safety and success of your treatment. Your dentist may recommend taking an over-the-counter pain reliever before coming into the office, as this can reduce any soreness when the anesthetic wears off. Be sure to rest well before and after your procedure, which can help your recovery process significantly.

Can I Take Antibiotics Instead of Getting a Root Canal?

Antibiotics may be effective at treating bacterial infections in most parts of your body, but it doesn’t work the same way with your smile. For the medicine to work, it must travel through your bloodstream to address infected areas of your body. However, your blood does not reach the pulp within your tooth. This means antibiotics won’t be effective at eliminating an infection there, and the only way to remove it will be via root canal therapy.

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