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 the nerve or pulp. Pulp is a collection of blood vessels, nerves, and tissue 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 if a complication becomes evident during or after treatment. We use local anesthesia to eliminate discomfort. In addition we will provide nitrous oxide analgesia (laughing gas) if indicated. You will be able to drive home after your treatment, and you probably will be comfortable returning to your normal routine.

For more information you can view the Flash video/audio presentation below.

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Endodontic Presentation

To provide you with a better understanding of endodontic procedures, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to root canal therapy 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 dentist will decide on what type of restoration is necessary to protect your tooth. It is rare for endodontic patients to experience complications after 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 and which tooth is affected. In general, endodontic treatment is much less expensive than tooth removal and replacement with an artificial tooth.

We will be glad to answer all of your financial/insurance questions after we have fully evaluated your concerns. Because of the many variations that can occur, we will not be able to give you a “over-the-phone” fee quote. We apologize for this inconvenience.