Root Canal

What is a root canal?

A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed. This treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need of dental implants or bridges.

All teeth are hollow and have a canal space through the center and root of the tooth. The pulp area is a collection of blood vessels and nerves that helps to support and provide nutrients to the tooth keeping it alive and healthy. Infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, 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.

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How is a root canal performed?

If you experience any of these symptoms, your dentist will most likely recommend a non-surgical treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp. This injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned, decontaminated and filled. 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 94-97% 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 can provide nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, if requested. You will be able to drive home after your treatment, and you probably will be comfortable returning to your normal routine.

What happens after root canal treatment?

When your root canal therapy has been completed a final restoration will be need to be placed. This can range from a simple filling to a full crown, depending on the condition of the tooth following the procedure. It is rare for endodontic patients to experience complications after routine endodontic treatment. 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 root canal treatment 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 a dental implant.