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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Great comradary among staff. They make you feel at ease and are concerned if you're doing ok.

- Mary C

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Dr. Braga explained every step of the procedure as she went. The procedure was basically painless and my tooth was completely pain free after 1 1/2 days.

- John C

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I will definitely recommend this office to anyone that needs to come there. Also, I will not go anywhere else. The dentist (Dr. Dongell) is very nice and all the staff are very welcoming.

- Connie S

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Needed follow up appt. as my filling broke, they got me in quickly. Appreciated the follow up call the next day and the prompt call back from the answering service

- Cyndi M

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The doctor and dental assistant were unbelievable. Plus no pain at all!!!!

- Dee D

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Caring, expert, efficient service every time, and, unfortunately, I've been in all their offices!

- Mary K

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Wonderful service! Quick and painless root canal procedure and no pain afterwards whatsoever.

- Hanna K

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Top notch level of care and service

- PatS

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Dr. Kalp is an artist who does terrific work. They got me in and out fast, explained the procedure well, and did great work.

- Daniel G

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Was easy to schedule and the staff was excellent and professional.

- David C

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Recommend to anyone wanting painless dental care by an experienced, professional, and friendly staff.

- Margaret L

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This was my first root canal and I was petrified to say the least. My dentist referred me to Associated Dental in Monroeville and I'm so very glad he did! The procedure was quick and little to no pain. I had more pain before the procedure than I did during or after! Dr. Dongell and her assistant were spectacular and talked me through what was wrong and what was going to happen during the procedure. I would recommend Associated Dental to anyone who needs a root canal! Simply a fantastic staff!

- Kellie H

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The size of the multi-location practice and number of endodontists allows for a lot of appointment options

- Paul M

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Great service. Preformed root canal on a tooth that was causing me pain. No pain from the procedure. Performed CT scan after and advised my best course of action.

- Kevin W

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I was really anxious about my visit . Dr. Parker made it really comfortable and explained everything on my level.

- Danielle G

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Love Dr. Braga and her staff!! They were very welcoming and kind as I was very nervous!! I will recommend Associated Dental to everyone. Thank you

- Karen S

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So very impressed with this practice. Like many, I was terrified at the thought of root canal, but EVERYONE in the office was professional, kind, and so reassuring. Dr. Kalp, her assistant, Courtney, and receptionist, could not have made the experience a more positive one for me. If I ever need to have another root canal treatment, I wouldn't hesitate to contact them -- they are wonderful!!

- Judy T

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I had severe pain & needed to have a root canal ASAP. I called and they got me in the same day & the root canal was completed. It was instant relief and Raquel Braga and her staff did a wonderful job. Everyone was very helpful & professional and no doubt I would come back if I needed additional work in the future.

- Mike

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