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.
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- Rob S
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- Britt-Ann J
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- Gail G
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- Tracy B
The doctor made sure to make me feel comfortable though out the entire process making sure to tell me what he was doing and what to expect next.
- miriam b
I have had no pain whatsoever subsequent to the procedure being completed.
- Steve Z
From the very beginning, of making the appointment to arriving home and receiving a follow-up call to see how I was doing...I cannot say a thing negative about my experience. Who likes to go get a root canal?? This my first and hopefully my last, but if I had to get another one, there is no second guessing who I would see. Dr and his entire staff made my experience FUN...I was very frightened not knowing what to expect and as it turns out....I had a great time. Office is very clean, up to date technology, caring and thoughtful staff. No billing surprises at the end. A negative and painful beginning ended up pain free with a smile on my face.
- Kim S
I WAS PUT AT EASE. PROCEDURE WAS EXPLAINED TO ME BEFORE STARTING
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- Karen P
A great experience. What a difference! I no longer have sensitivity to cold and have no pain.
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