Root Canals and Wisdom-Teeth Extractions Explained (and Made More Affordable)

Let’s paint a picture… You’re sitting in the dentist chair getting a routine cleaning and your dentist says:


“You’re going to need a root canal”


I need to extract your wisdom teeth.”


If hearing that immediately sent chills down your spine, you’re not alone. Both procedures have long-standing reputations of being painful and expensive.

However, knowing what to expect and what financial assistance is available can help ease the blow.

A Root Canal Procedure


There are two good things about root canals:


1. They save teeth that would otherwise have to be extracted

2. Though in rare cases, a decaying tooth is asymptomatic, usually the pain before you have the procedure is much worse than the pain during or after it.


So, you’re going to be healthy and pain-free soon.


A root canal is a second chance at keeping a tooth with deep decay intact. That decay may have resulted from neglecting dental care, multiple dental procedures, large fillings, a crack/chip in a tooth, or facial trauma. Signs that a root canal is necessary often include pain upon chewing or pressure; prolonged sensitivity to hot and cold (even after item/food is removed); discoloration; swelling and tenderness; or a recurring pimple on the gums.

What can I expect from a root canal?


During a procedure, the tooth’s decay is removed from the inside, it’s then cleaned and filled via an access hole that is drilled and then closed, and is then sealed and capped. In 95% of cases, patients who undergo a root canal keep that tooth for life.


Root canals can take one or more visits (sometimes sealing and crowing take place at later appointments). The decision about which type of professional should do the work depends on the patient, dentist’s recommendation, and severity of the damage. Most patients can return to normal activites within 24 hours and discomfort can be controlled with over-the-counter medications.

How much does a root canal cost?


Costs will vary by dentist, specialist, and procedure specifics, but, without dental restoration, you can expect to pay $350.00 to $540.00 if the work is on an incisor and $520.00 to $800.00 for a molar. Fees for endodontists can be up to 50% higher.

Wisdom-Tooth Extraction – What to expect!


Since so many adults need to have their wisdom teeth removed (90% have at least one that’s impacted or can’t break through), their very existence doesn’t seem so wise at all… but that’s not how they earned this name. Wisdom teeth commonly grow at or around our eighteenth year of life, marking the passage of childhood into adulthood: our wisdom years.


There are many reasons one or more wisdom teeth should be removed, among them: there is not enough room for them to emerge (they are “impacted”); they are difficult to clean and suffer from decay; they only grow in partially, trapping food that leads to infection and cavities; and/or they are misaligned and cause pain. Even if no symptoms are present, they frequently lead to infections, lesions, cysts, tumors, damage, periodontal disease, and even life-threatening conditions. Regular check-ups to keep an eye on their development are critical.

When should I remove my wisdom teeth?


The late teen years are usually optimal because the roots are only about two-thirds formed then, discouraging complications. Once patients reach their 30s or 40s, recovery can be longer.

What can I expect during and after extracting my wisdom teeth?


Whatever types of anesthetic a patient chooses (laughing gas or general anesthesia); he/she won’t feel pain during the procedure. Regardless, an antibiotic should be taken beforehand, and prescription or over-the-counter medications will help discomfort afterwards. Swelling and intermittent bleeding are usually inevitable, as is discoloration, but most patients’ look and feel much better within three days to a week.


A diet of soft food is a must for four to five days following the procedure (good news for ice cream and mashed potatoes fans) and alcohol, smoking, and gum chewing should be avoided.

How much does wisdom teeth extraction cost?


The cost range for wisdom-teeth removal is vast because they are many variables, from how many a patient needs removed, to the state of the tooth/teeth, to complications and anesthetics, to the kind of doctor required (general dentist or oral surgeon). Prices can range from several hundred to several thousand dollars in all.

Need help with Dental Costs?


While some Americans have either traditional dental insurance or have purchased a medical plan which included dental coverage from the ACA (Affordable Care Act) better known as Obamacare dental, many still need assistance in managing their dental care costs.  There are alternatives, such as a dental savings plan.

What is a dental plan?


A dental savings plan functions a lot like a membership at a warehouse club. You pay an annual fee and get access to significantly reduced rates. And dental savings plans offer many benefits over traditional dental insurance, including things like no annual caps or limits and absolutely no paperwork.

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