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.

 
 

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Dr. Braga and staff were very kind and reassuring making sure to explain each part of the treatment. Thank you!

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I felt like a king. Very special people! Thank you!

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Everyone here is great! They took care of my tooth pain and were very helpful with any questions I had.

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This was THE BEST root canal I have ever had!

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Totally painless and easy experience. Doctor Braga and Chloe were wonderful and made me very comfortable throughout the procedure. Would highly recommend this team and will return again for future needs.

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Pain free, overall good visit

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I walked in without an appointment and was able to be seen and helped in the same day which is exactly what I needed due to my severe pain.

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Excellent experience, I would come back in a heartbeat. Hopefully I won't need to. Thank you

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Staff was professional, procedure was relaxing and painless, payment plan was reasonable.

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Staff was professional, procedure was relaxing and painless, payment plan was reasonable.

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This was my first visit to this office and it was amazing. Dr Hand and the staff were awesome. They were very friendly, professional, and explained everything as it was done. I would highly recommend Dr Hand and the staff.

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The staff was very friendly, and knowledgeable. I have never been to the North Hills office, but would return if needed. Everyone was wonderful.

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The root canal visit was painless! Dr. Chaney is amazing, very patient and pleasantly polite. Robin the receptionist went above and beyond to schedule my appointment before the end of the year so my dental benefits would not be maxed out at the beginning of 2019. Dr. Chaney was coming up as not in network for my insurance. Robin called my insurance company to verify Dr. Chaney was in network, scheduled my appointment and left me to voicemail. Awesome office

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no pain, great personalities of staff & competent & professional

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Everything was great!

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Dr. Hand is an amazing doc. This is my 3rd root canal done by him. He is quick (only 45 min!) at doing root canals and very thorough w/ great dexterity. Everything u would want for someone doing a root canal. Cannot say enough great things about him. MaryBeth, receptionist was super nice and very accommodating getting me an appointment.

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