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Posted: June 29, 2016

Root canal: Surgical Center, insurance plans ease the way

Root canal: Surgical Center, insurance plans ease the way

 With nine specialists on staff and many insurance options, having a root canal performed at Alliance Surgical Center is a painless and efficient way to save your teeth.

 Dr. Scott Howell, a Harvard-trained endodontist with more than two years of residency in root canal procedures, works with our professional anesthesiologists at Alliance Surgical Center.  

 Although American endodontists and dentists do more than 15 million root canal procedures every year, myths persist about them being painful and causing infections in the rest of the body, according to the American Association of Endocrinologists. These are based on almost 100-year-old research, which recommended teeth be extracted and not saved.

 Rather than spreading myths, the association provides these facts: Nothing can sufficiently replace your natural tooth. An artificial tooth can sometimes cause you to avoid some foods. Keeping your own teeth is vital so you can keep consuming the wide variety of foods needed to maintain a healthy diet. 

 If your dentist recommends pulling a tooth, ask whether root canal treatment is possible.

 A trained endodontist, using the correct restoration methods, can cost effectively treat teeth with damaged pulp. A root canal is usually less expensive than extraction and placement of a bridge or an implant, which may require more office visits to treat adjacent teeth, gums and other tissues.

 Endodontic treatment also has more than a 90-percent chance of success. Many root canal-treated teeth last a lifetime.

 A patient should consider root canal as an option, even if he or she lacks the money for treatment. Most patients now have more insurance plans to choose from than ever before.

The Signature Smiles office accepts non-managed care, indemnity (traditional) and PPO out-of-network insurance plans. The PPO dentists are not part of any managed care network, including HMOs and DMHOs. 

 There’s no need to fill out PPO dental benefits forms; the office accounting staff takes care of that. 

 Your dental insurance policy, however, is an agreement between you and your PPO insurance company. PPO dental insurance helps make some treatments more affordable. Some PPO dental insurance benefits include braces.  

 The in-network short list includes:

  • Aetna
  • Ameritas
  • Anthem

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