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

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.

 
 

Associated Dental Specialists

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I'd recommend to anyone needing root canal therapy, specifically Dr. Braga who was wonderful.

- Steven E

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My experience at the office and with the doctor was very pleasant. I know that word doesn’t regularly go with a visit to the dentist but the doctor was calming and explained everything before he did it then following the procedure answered any questions I had. Not that I look forward to having another root canal done but if needed this will be the practice I return to.

- Robert B

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Get job very comforting

- Albert Y

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Dr. Watkins is a real professional, I would recommend her to my wife (which I believe I did actually)!

- julius D

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Great experience

- John S

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The office staff are all very nice along with the dental assistants and dentists. Great location!!

- Janet C

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- Marianne R

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I was extremely scared to find out that I needed root canal therapy after living for the last six years with a cracked cavity filling. Dr. Kalp explained every part of the process to me in detail which was extremely helpful for me since I didn't really understand what was happening with my molar at first. I don't think I will ever quite lose the fear of having dental work done, but the staff really made it a point of making me feel relaxed to the best of their abilities. I'm glad I had the procedure done and my tooth has been pain free since! I definitely recommend ADS, especially if you are not comfortable having any dental repair work. Trust me, you will be glad you chose ADS!

- Erica L

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Having a root canal not something one looks forward to. The doctor and staff did an excellent job at making the experience as good as it could possibly be, and much better than I could have imagined it would be. Everyone was friendly and very capable. Although I hope I will not need to return for another procedure, Associated Dental Specialists would be my "hands down" choice.

- Gary R

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Extremely pleased with the professionalism of Dr. Watkins and her support staff....this was my second treatment for a different tooth...highly recommend her

- Richard A

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Excellent care - totally painless and quick!

- Diane B

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The staff and doctor were very friendly. They let me know what to expect throughout the procedure. They were constantly asking if I was alright. I would definitely refer them to my friends and family.

- Jody G

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I would highly recommend

- Helene H

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The doctor explained every step she was completing and what I would probably experience in the way of sensations. I was completely relaxed and felt in very capable hands. The procedure lasted almost an hour - but really seemed much shorter. Wonderful.

- Linda G

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I can't say I enjoyed my visit, but overall everything went as planed. I was no longer in pain, had no infection, and could get a full nights sleep. My questions were answered, x-rays were taken and explained . Most important to me was having questions answered. Thanks for good work.

- Anonymous

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The doctor has magic hands!

- Gabriela G

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Would recommend

- Jennifer R

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This group is amazing. They got me in for a time consuming process very quickly. Dr. Hand was extremely skilled and explained every aspect of the procedure in detail before he began. The staff followed up the next day and were very helpful when I inquired about some lingering pain that was expected from the procedure. Every aspect of the process exceeded my expectations.

- Paul F

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The only reason why I didn't rate 5 stars was because Dr. Hand did not give me the opportunity to formally thank him after my procedure. He left before I got out of the chair. I also hoped he would provide me with a step by step of what he was doing (this was my first and, hopefully, last root canal), but he elected to simply get the procedure done quickly and competently, so that would only be me splitting hairs. Overall, I felt like I was in a great hands and he and his assistant did a terrific job. Thank you. -C.

- Chris W

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excellent service. Dr Watkins was - as always - top shelf.

- Jan M

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