Finding out you need a root canal can be worrisome, and it’s only natural to have a lot of concerns: Do I have treatment options? How much time will I miss from work? How much will a root canal cost with insurance? When weighing your treatment choices, you’ll of course want to consider factors such as the cost of a root canal, your insurance coverage and out-of-pocket costs. But more importantly, you’ll want to consider the efficacy of each option and which might be best for your health. Ultimately, saving a little money now could cost you a lot more later—including your natural tooth.
Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
Because the health of your mouth can affect your overall health,* it’s important to treat your root canal system infection effectively the first time, to avoid problematic, costlier issues later. Standard root canal therapy can leave behind infected tissue,2 smear layer and biofilm,2,5 putting your tooth—and health—at risk. When not treated properly, the infection can spread throughout your body and cause potentially life-threatening complications.** Additionally, if your first treatment fails, your chances of having to extract the tooth and receive a dental implant increase, meaning you’re not only paying for more procedures and missing more time from work, but also losing your natural tooth.
Save Your Natural Tooth with the GentleWave® Procedure
Saving teeth is the leading objective of modern endodontics—and the GentleWave Procedure. After all, nothing looks, feels or functions like your natural tooth.*** The GentleWave Procedure provides unprecedented cleaning, reaching into microscopic spaces1,2 that standard root canal treatments frequently cannot,3 not only helping to save your tooth but preserving more dentin4 to maintain the integrity of the tooth structure. It’s so effective at cleaning and disinfecting the root canal system, there's less chance of failure over time.4 The minimally invasive1 protocol of the GentleWave Procedure promotes fast healing4, and typically enables cleaning and filling of the tooth during one appointment4—so you can spend less time in the chair and more time living your life.
The GentleWave Procedure: A Long-Term Investment
If you’re interested in finding out if the GentleWave Procedure is a good fit for you, find a GentleWave Provider near you, and consult with them about your insurance coverage for the procedure. Because the GentleWave Procedure does not currently have a specific code for billing your dental plan, it may not be covered. Some insurance providers will allow billing for the GentleWave Procedure under the same code as standard root canal treatment, but because the GentleWave Procedure isn’t your standard root canal procedure, other plans will not. If your plan falls under the latter, you’ll want to discuss your out-of-pocket costs and payment options with your provider and determine what’s best—for your wallet and your well-being.
** Mayo Clinic