Root Canal (Non-Surgical)

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Root Canal

Root Canal can help save teeth from the use of implants or bridges.

A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed, well over 14 million every year. This simple treatment can save a patients natural teeth and prevent the need of dental implants or bridges.

At the center of  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.

How is a root canal performed?

If a patient experiences any of these symptoms,  the 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 the patients tooth is not amenable to endodontic treatment or the chance of success is unfavorable, the patient 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. The patient will be able to drive home after your treatment, and also will be comfortable returning to your normal routine.

What happens after a root canal?

When a patients root canal therapy has been completed, a record of the treatment will be sent to the restorative dentist. The patient should contact their office for a follow-up restoration within a few weeks of completion at our office. The restorative dentist will decide on what type of restoration is necessary to protect the patients 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, the patient will be encouraged to practice good dental hygiene.

What is the cost of a root canal?

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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