Upton and Baker DDS - Wake Forest

Root Canal in Wake Forest

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Saving Your Smile

In the process of a root canal procedure, the living tissue inside the tooth, known as the pulp, is extracted, and the resulting void is filled with specialized dental materials containing medication to restore the tooth’s full functionality. Utilizing root canal therapy not only preserves your original tooth, thus extending its lifespan, but it also safeguards and maintains the health of the jawbone and other supporting tissues surrounding the tooth. Whenever feasible, preserving your natural tooth can also prevent future discomfort and expenses.

Several indications may indicate the necessity for root canal therapy, including:

  1. Sensitivity to both hot and cold temperatures.
  2. Intense toothache pain.
  3. Redness or swelling of the gums in the vicinity of the affected tooth.
  4. Discoloration of the tooth.
  5. The presence of an abscess or a pimple on the gum.

Setting Up A Treatment Plan

In most cases, a root canal procedure involves one or two trips to the office and can be carried out by either a dentist or an endodontist. Let us walk you through the steps of how we perform your root canal:

Diagnosing You

The first step entails obtaining an x-ray of the affected tooth and the nearby bone to identify the root cause of your symptoms. Your specialist may recommend antibiotics to manage infection and inflammation. Pain associated with an abscess is often attributed to the pressure caused by the infected swelling, which can be a significant source of discomfort during a root canal. By preemptively reducing this inflammation, we eliminate this factor during the procedure.

Starting The Procedure

When it’s time to begin the root canal, we take the necessary steps to gently numb the area, including your gums, teeth, and tissues, ensuring your comfort and peace of mind throughout the procedure. Once you are comfortable, we create an access hole in the tooth and proceed to remove the pulp, bacteria, decayed nerve tissue, and other debris.

Sealing It Up

Depending on how severe the abscess is, we may introduce medication into the tooth to completely eliminate any infection. In cases where the procedure spans multiple visits, a temporary filling will be applied. You should already start feeling relief at this stage. The tooth can only be permanently sealed when it is entirely cleansed and restored to a healthy state.

The Cost Of A Root Canal In Wake Forest

The cost of dental treatment can vary significantly, but choosing a root canal procedure can prove more cost-effective in the long term. With a typical insurance plan, the out-of-pocket expenses for root canal therapy generally range from $200 to $500 or more. Following an oral examination, we would be delighted to provide you with a precise quote tailored to your insurance coverage, allowing you to determine your actual out-of-pocket expenses. For those without insurance, the treatment cost typically falls within the range of $600 to $1200 or more.

You might wonder why there’s such a wide range in cost estimates. When we calculate a quote for root canal therapy, we take various factors into account, including:

  1. The severity of the infection.
  2. The location of the infection within your mouth.
  3. The overall health of the surrounding teeth and gums.
  4. Any potential complications that may necessitate additional time or expertise.

It’s important to note that providing an accurate quote over the phone is challenging because every case is unique. Therefore, it’s crucial to consult with a dentist who can assess your specific situation and present all available treatment options for your consideration.

Best Alternatives

An abscess or tooth infection is a serious health concern that demands immediate attention. While some may view root canals as a less desirable option to alleviate severe dental pain, it’s essential to recognize that root canals effectively eliminate infections that can potentially spread and become life-threatening. Addressing such infections promptly can help avoid more urgent and invasive procedures. We are dedicated to dispelling any negative perceptions associated with root canal therapy and prioritize your comfort and peace of mind.

If you suspect you have an infection but are hesitant about undergoing a root canal, we strongly encourage you to reach out to us. We never proceed with any procedure without ensuring you have a full understanding and providing your informed consent. We may also explore alternative options with the ultimate goal of resolving your infection effectively. Your health and well-being are our top priorities.

Contact us today

to schedule an initial consultation & exam.

Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.

Frequently Asked Questions

Deep decay, trauma, nerve death, a loose filling or crown, or a tooth crack or chip are all potential causes of damage.

Thanks to a combination of modern techniques, technology, and a compassionate dental ethos, our highly skilled dentists and hygienists can offer root canal treatments that are often pain-free.

By the time you acknowledge the necessity of a root canal, the decay of your tooth pulp and nerve has already commenced. This infected tissue will not undergo full healing and is at risk of becoming infected again, making the removal of the pulp the sole safe course of action.

Root canal treatments usually involve one or two visits to the dental office. The duration of the procedure varies depending on the complexity: simple or minor cases typically take about 30 to 60 minutes, while more complex cases may extend to around 90 minutes.

The cost depends on your specific insurance coverage. After an initial consultation, we can supply you with an estimate for you to forward to your insurance company. We emphasize the importance of making a root canal a top priority. If you have any doubts or concerns, please don’t hesitate to discuss them with us.

For your back grinding teeth, specifically molars and premolars, a dental crown is typically recommended after a root canal. However, front teeth, such as canines and incisors, may not need one.

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Keiko Nakamoto
4 months ago
Just had my second visit to Dr. Upton. On my first visit, Dr. and his assistant, Jessica, did a thorough evaluation of my situation. He asked me questions about my dental history and actually listened carefully to my concerns. Then he left to review my x-rays and options for treatment. When he returned, he gave me some options, which I REALLY appreciated. He even took into consideration my dietary habits and the fact I don't like prescription medications. Not even my physicians gave me that kind of concern!! Today I had my tooth pulled out and he took into consideration my financial situation and did it under local anesthesia, where my previous experience was done under general anesthesia. It was less expensive and totally tolerable. I'm glad that he considers the whole patient, the tolerance to pain, the budget and the treatment preferences. I also appreciate that he sat on a stool and spoke to me face to face. His office staff, Jessica, Megan and Priscilla are all equally attentive and considerate. Thank you everyone 💓! Yes, I would recommend their services to anyone in need of dental care.
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Meg Coffey
7 months ago
Professional, courteous and thorough. Dr Baker and staff take time to explain what they’re doing, what options you have and check often in your comfort level during procedure. Very happy to recommend them to anyone in the market for dental services.
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Frances Given
10 months ago
I've been a patient of this practice for over forty years (even though we moved almost 17 years ago) and their consistent, thorough and friendly care can't be beat! Drs Upton and Baker, as well as, the entire staff have been and are always attentive, caring and never fail to provide the best dental care!
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J C
1 year ago
I’m thankful that I found this dental practice. From the staff, upfront, to the dental assistant Kelly, and Dr. Baker, they have been absolutely wonderful. After having had previous experiences that were not ideal, I was reluctant to find a new dentist that I could trust. I read all the five star reviews for Upton & Baker and tried it out for myself, very happy that I did as they make you feel right at home. Dr. Baker is absolutely wonderful and fantastic and I can’t say enough good things about him. He’s Very professional and skilled, top to bottom. Cannot recommend him more highly. Dr. Baker is so thorough and informative, and lets you know every step of the way what’s going on so there are no surprises. Very calming, as well. Thank you!!
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This was by far the best dental visit I have had in years. Priscilla was great assisting me with getting my appointment booked and offering me an earlier appointment when one came available. Bonnie was AMAZING!! She went very in depth in my cleaning and took the time to help me understand what she was doing and the benefits of each step, no dentist has ever taken the time to help me understand more about my gums and teeth like she did...very educational! Doctor Kevin Upton was great too, he is very friendly and personable. Will be booking all of my dentist appointments with them from now on. 10/10
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Keiko Nakamoto
4 months ago
Just had my second visit to Dr. Upton. On my first visit, Dr. and his assistant, Jessica, did a thorough evaluation of my situation. He asked me questions about my dental history and actually listened carefully to my concerns. Then he left to review my x-rays and options for treatment. When he returned, he gave me some options, which I REALLY appreciated. He even took into consideration my dietary habits and the fact I don't like prescription medications. Not even my physicians gave me that kind of concern!! Today I had my tooth pulled out and he took into consideration my financial situation and did it under local anesthesia, where my previous experience was done under general anesthesia. It was less expensive and totally tolerable. I'm glad that he considers the whole patient, the tolerance to pain, the budget and the treatment preferences. I also appreciate that he sat on a stool and spoke to me face to face. His office staff, Jessica, Megan and Priscilla are all equally attentive and considerate. Thank you everyone 💓! Yes, I would recommend their services to anyone in need of dental care.
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Meg Coffey
7 months ago
Professional, courteous and thorough. Dr Baker and staff take time to explain what they’re doing, what options you have and check often in your comfort level during procedure. Very happy to recommend them to anyone in the market for dental services.
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Frances Given
10 months ago
I've been a patient of this practice for over forty years (even though we moved almost 17 years ago) and their consistent, thorough and friendly care can't be beat! Drs Upton and Baker, as well as, the entire staff have been and are always attentive, caring and never fail to provide the best dental care!
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J C
1 year ago
I’m thankful that I found this dental practice. From the staff, upfront, to the dental assistant Kelly, and Dr. Baker, they have been absolutely wonderful. After having had previous experiences that were not ideal, I was reluctant to find a new dentist that I could trust. I read all the five star reviews for Upton & Baker and tried it out for myself, very happy that I did as they make you feel right at home. Dr. Baker is absolutely wonderful and fantastic and I can’t say enough good things about him. He’s Very professional and skilled, top to bottom. Cannot recommend him more highly. Dr. Baker is so thorough and informative, and lets you know every step of the way what’s going on so there are no surprises. Very calming, as well. Thank you!!
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This was by far the best dental visit I have had in years. Priscilla was great assisting me with getting my appointment booked and offering me an earlier appointment when one came available. Bonnie was AMAZING!! She went very in depth in my cleaning and took the time to help me understand what she was doing and the benefits of each step, no dentist has ever taken the time to help me understand more about my gums and teeth like she did...very educational! Doctor Kevin Upton was great too, he is very friendly and personable. Will be booking all of my dentist appointments with them from now on. 10/10
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