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 95% to 99% 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.

An example of a healthy tooth
Healthy Tooth
A tooth anatomy diagram highlighting pulp dentin and canal
Tooth Anatomy
A visual of tooth inflammation showing tooth decay and a inflamed pulp
Inflammation
A representation of a tooth with its canals cleaned
Cleaned Canals
An illustration of root canal filling of a tooth
Filling Placed
An example of a tooth healed by root canal therapy
Healed Tooth

 

Endodontic Presentation

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.

Endodontic Presentation

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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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I was very nervous about having a root canal done. Dr. Kalp calmed my nerves and explained everything she was doing. I had no pain at all during the procedure or after. The whole staff was professional, caring and nice.

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- Jeff K

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This root canal procedure was efficient and professional. They fit me easily within 24 hours of calling. Everyone from the person on the phone to the assistant to the doctor was friendly & patient.

- Douglas B

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Great place for dental care!

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Dr Hand was very friendly. Made me feel very comfortable and calmed my nerves. The staff was also very friendly. I highly recommend.

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Extremely professional and courteous staff and doctor. Everything was explained and NO pain.

- Howard B

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The total overall experience was absolutely great !.Dr. Hand is fantastic. I had two root canals, on the two upper left side molars. I had no pain only minor discomfort. I never took a pain pill and after 2-3 days no discomfort at all. I would recommend Dr Hand and his staff to all.

- Richard R

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This is such a friendly staff! Dr. Dongell is really professional, informative and kind.

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Very good experience with the root canal. Doctor was great. Told me everything to expect. No problems during the procedure or afterwards. Nice professional people.

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Wonderful staff and Doctor.

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Dr. Kelp and asst Chloe proved professional and empathetic in all areas of my route canal procedure. I will recommend their expertise to family friends. Thank you. CM

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Overall I had a very pleasant experience and would recommend Dr. Gorham to friends and family. The office is convenient to get to. The staff is friendly.

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Sam and Dr Hand are wonderful! They made what I dreaded pleasant. Very kind!

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Very satisfied

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No further comments. Excellent experience.

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I know that nobody wants or likes a root canal-- but the staff and doctors her are great and make the visit as nice and easy as possible.

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Staff was wonderful and very professional but most caring!!!!

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Dr Parker was very gentle, friendly, skilled (the most gentle shot of novacaine (sp?) i have ever gotten. He explained what he was going to do and was reassuring.

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