Dear Valued Patient of D&P Dentistry, 


We are happy to report that we are able to start the process of a soft reopening as of May 11th.  However, there will be many policy changes made within the office that will be utilized at least for the first several weeks of as we adapt to these uncertain times.  We will be seeing patients at half capacity in order to practice optimum infection control, social distancing and also to control the burn rate of our personal protective equipment as it will still not be readily available in the future. 


 If you have an upcoming appointment and plan to reschedule PLEASE call us asap! As we are continuing to work on the schedule and accommodate everyone. The following are important steps patients should be informed of...


1.  Please arrive promptly for you appointment, remain in your car and call the office at (352) 331-4626 when you arrive.  
2.  Please wear your face covering or mask in the office (pursuant to the state of Florida office of the governor executive order number 20-11 and Alachua County Commissioner. 
3. A staff member will meet you at your car where you will be screened. We will check your temperature and pulse ox and have you fill out a questionnaire.  
4. We will take you straight back to the treatment room for your procedure. 
5. We ask that anyone accompanying you remain in the car. 


  * Please bring a jacket or blanket if you normally get cold! The temperature will be down and we will be wearing added gear. 


While some things seem so different we hope you find comfort knowing that at we are taking all necessary steps to protect our patients and staff.  Under all the masks and face shields the same familiar faces you are used to seeing will be taking care of you! 
                           

Thank you for your support!

 D&P Dentistry Team
 

We will continue to provide updates as needed. 

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.

D&P Dentistry

The team of dental professionals at D&P Dentistry provides exceptional dental work and patient education to help you and your family achieve your best smiles. Our doctors are affiliated with:

  • American Dental Association
  • Alachua County Dental Association

To schedule an appointment at our Gainesville, FL, office, please contact us online or call (352) 331-4626.

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