Tooth issues are hard to ignore, and actually, in my opinion, you should not ignore them. There are two reasons: firstly, toothaches can be unbearable, and because of their location, they can cause severe nerve pain.
Secondly, as with any health issue, if you delay getting treatment, the problem will only get worse. In your mind, you are delaying treatment to save money, but in reality, you will end up spending more because of the delay.
I don’t blame you for waiting. Getting treatment from a dentist can cost you an arm and leg. Then, you may have to pay for additional visits as well. If you have dental insurance, your cost for a root canal will usually be much lower.
Still, going to the dentist almost always costs more than going to a general physician.
1. Is getting a root canal necessary?
Well, this is a question only your doctor can answer. Sometimes getting a root canal is very important. In these cases, if you try to avoid the procedure, you can get an infection that can cause pus in your gums, not to mention unbearable pain. It is always wise to get timely treatment rather than delaying treatment and causing dental health complications.
A root canal can take a bit longer and be a bit more painful than most dental procedures, but if it is required, then you should not avoid it. Because you will need recurrent visits to the dentist, root canal follow-up costs a bit more as well. That is the reason most people avoid getting a root canal.
2. Can I get free root canals?
It is very difficult to get such an expensive procedure for free, but it is possible if you participate in a medical camp. Medical camps are events organized to provide free medical care to people who cannot afford it. These are usually organized by NGOs.
If you do a bit of research and look around, you may find a medical camp that offers dental care. The dentists there can provide you with free dental procedures.
Another way to get free care is to participate in research study programs. You can be a part of research as a volunteer, and in exchange, you can sometimes request a free root canal.
3. Are there any affordable ways to get root canals if I don’t have insurance?
Yes, there are ways to get cheap root canals even without insurance. There are many dental clinics that offer affordable rates. Some of these allow patients to pay according to their income. They only charge the amount you can pay.
Some clinics will give you discount coupons and concessions if you pay the whole amount in advance. So, look around and ask around to find organizations that can cover at least some of the cost of your root canal.
Another way is to look for a dental school in your area and ask a student to do a root canal for you. The student will be more than happy to do the procedure, as they will be getting free experience with a real patient, and you can get free or cheap root canal. Don’t worry; the students in these programs are supervised by professional dentists.
After getting a dental root canal, you will need to be more careful about your dental and oral hygiene. Your recovery will take a bit of time. The dentist will give you instructions on how you should maintain your oral health.
An article from Mapleridge Dentistry gives advice to patients on how to determine whether they need a root canal. The article discusses an important point: rotten nerves in the tooth can get worse if the root canal procedure is delayed. I would advise you to follow the instructions in the article strictly so that you can protect your teeth.
If you make your oral health a priority, you will be able to avoid any further expenses resulting from such problems. So, keep your gums and teeth healthy by consuming good, healthy food.
Also, practice a daily cleaning routine to help you maintain the effects of your root canal treatment for a longer period of time.