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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This practice is absolutely WONDERFUL......from the moment you walk in the door....till the moment you leave!!! Friendly, smiling people...all trying to make you feel less anxious and doing a great job of making you absolutely certain you chose the right practice for "the job".....THANK YOU to all involved with my procedure today.....THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!! You can be sure if I ever need the services again,,,,,I will be right there! Bless you all for doing your jobs PERFECTLY!!!!!

- Angela J

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I Love Dr. Kalp and staff. This is my third root canal and I would not go anywhere else. She is thorough, professional, personable, accommodating and confident in what she is doing. Her staff follows right in her foot steps.

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I would highly recommend going here for any procedure. The pain was very minimal.

- Michael K

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The entire staff was very professional and explained all aspects of surgery thoroughly.

- Michael K

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Very friendly and explained step by step procedure. Made me feel at ease

- Leslie T

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This office was clean. The staff was professional and the doctor and assistant were very skilled! My dentist even commented that my root canal was very well done.

- Jennifer C

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Very nice, caring, friendly,professional staff. Had 2 root canals done and had 0 problems. Will be back to have 2 more done. Thanks for making this a great experience!

- Alfred M

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Everyone was pleasant and friendly. I mentioned that I like to hear a lot about what is going on during procedures like this, and they gave me that. It hurt less than I thought it would (both during and after). I really like these people.

- Sheila A

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Would recommend Dr Hand to everyone. He's great!

- Keith M

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Very nice, friendly and accommodating

- Taylor S

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Great and friendly team!

- Brian F

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Wonderful! Very attentive staff. Very minimal discomfort.

- Ann B

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Dr.Hickey was very nice and kept me informed on the procedure. Very nice

- Barbara J

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Jen is Great! I hope for my future visits, I can have the pleasure of Jen being the doctors assistant.

- William G

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It was a much better experience than I anticipated. Everyone was very professional, pleasant and very concerned about my well-being. There was no waiting time to be seen and the procedure was done "with care" and no pain.

- Rhoda J

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Dr. Hand and Staff were outstanding during my root canal procedure. Would highly recommend to Family and Friends.

- Ed C

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Great staff. Very professional.

- Mary H

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Great care! No problem getting scheduled, very short time in waiting room. the actual procedure was much better than other root canals I've had in the past (15/20 years ago)

- Ken H

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Very good experience and very professional

- David S

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Dr. Gorham completed a root canal on a tooth that already had a crown on it. I was a bit skeptical going into this appointment, but she was very reassuring, and she explained what and why she was doing all the procedures that she did. She is very personable, and I felt very comfortable throughout the entire procedure and left the office without feeling any discomfort. Her assistant, I think her name was Valerie, was every bit as kind and nice...and we had a nice chat regarding Netflix! I would definitely refer Dr. Gorham and her staff to family and friends, and if I need further dental care I too would return. Thanks to all for the very pleasant visit!

- Barbara P

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