Root Canal Therapy
What is a root canal?
A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed, well over 14 million every year. This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need of dental implants or bridges.
At the center of your tooth is pulp. Pulp is a collection of blood vessels that helps to build the surrounding tooth. Infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, or repeated dental procedures. Symptoms of the infection can be identified as visible injury or swelling of the tooth, sensitivity to temperature or pain in the tooth and gums.
If you experience any of these symptoms, your dentist will most likely recommend non-surgical treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp. This injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. This therapy usually involves local anesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required. Success for this type of treatment occurs in about 90% of cases. If your tooth is not amenable to endodontic treatment or the chance of success is unfavorable, you will be informed at the time of consultation or when a complication becomes evident during or after treatment. We use local anesthesia to eliminate discomfort. In addition, we will provide nitrous oxide analgesia, if indicated. You will be able to drive home after your treatment, and you probably will be comfortable returning to your normal routine.
To provide you with a better understanding of endodontic therapy, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to root canals are discussed.
What happens after treatment?
When your root canal therapy has been completed, a record of your treatment will be sent to your restorative dentist. You should contact their office for a follow-up restoration within a few weeks of completion at our office. Your restorative dentist will decide on what type of restoration is necessary to protect your tooth. It is rare for endodontic patients to experience complications after routine endodontic treatment or microsurgery. If a problem does occur, however, we are available at all times to respond. To prevent further decay, continue to practice good dental hygiene.
How much will it cost?
The cost associated with this procedure can vary depending on factors such as the severity of damage to the affected tooth and which tooth is affected. In general, endodontic treatment is much less expensive than tooth removal and replacement with an artificial tooth.
Very reassuring compassionate for my first root canal
- Virginia S
Welcoming staff. No pain No drama. Nice and simple
- Colleen H
Everyone was very professional and very easy to talk to. Would definitely reccomend.
- Jennifer R
It was the best dental office I have ever been to. Thank you very much.
- Mary B
- Jason B
Everything was explained in great detail.
- Lori M
Very impressed you were able to get me in on the same day of my original dentist appt to do a root canal because I was leaving town the next day.
- Matt P
I would recommend them to anyone who needs a root canal. Everyone was friendly. Doctor was great. No pain. Couldn’t be happier!
- Joanne M
Painless Root Canal, very comfortable and friendly environment.
- Lindsay F
Your office exceeded my expectations in every way. Thank you!
- Gary H
I've spent hours in the dentist chair but this was my first root canal. Everyone at the office was great! It went real well and I would not hesitate to return if needed.
- Frank Q
I can’t believe I’m about to type this next sentence. My root canal was the best dental experience I’ve ever had. You would have to know me to realize the weight of that statement. My bad dental genes, penchant for drinking Coke, and eating candy before I fall asleep have met their match. It would be nice if brushing and flossing alone would work for me, but at least I won’t have to dread going back if needed. I would definitely recommend Dr. Hirschman!
- Aimy Y
I was very anxious prior to the visit (worried about needing a root canal) and both the staff and Dr. were very reassuring both on the phone and in person. Very personable and excellent care with NO PAIN!!! Hopefully having the work done will help ease my symptoms. Will definitely return if I ever need more care and would highly recommend this office and doctor.
- Laura S
Great professional service.
- Jignesh F
A very pleasant and professional experience thanks to the staff and Dr. Hirschman. I did not have any discomfort during the procedure and did not need pain killers after the procedure. Most pleasant was Dr.Hirschman's assistant Kelly
- Fred B
Root canals aren’t a very fun procedure, but I always have an exceptional time when undergoing them here. The staff is knowledgeable, friendly, and skilled. I might not look forward to the procedure, but I always know I’m in good hands here!
- Jade K
Thank you all so much for the care and kindness you showed me today. I was very scared but you all made me feel calm and safe. I will recommend you to all my friends and family in the future!
- Laura W
Great service with a courteous staff! Very professional with the most up to date equipment!
Doctor and staff were wonderful! Great friendly service, and so happy that they had an early morning appointment available.
- Barb S
Love this dentist. Pain free procedure
- Brenda B