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 had a very positive experience and a great doctor. Scheduling and front office staff were very nice as well. Highly recommend

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I was thrilled to be given a root canal appointment the day after I saw my dentist, especially since I was in discomfort! Dr Hand and the entire staff were courteous and efficient. He explained each step during the painless procedure which allowed me to understand the process and know how he was progressing.

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What a great place to have your teeth expertly taken care of! The staff and the doctor were angels. Thank you, thank you!!

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As much of a pleasure as a root canal could be.

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Great care

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Very friendly Doctor and staff. Showed utmost concern for my comfort. Dr. Gorham explained my procedure in detail. Chloe had the forethought to check my insurance coverage before I was scheduled. And best of all....NO PAIN!!!!! WooHooo! I HIGHLY recommend them!

- Alicia K

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Not only was everyone so incredibly nice to me - but they are all so nice to each other during the procedure. I'm such a dental wimp - but would now not hesitate to return here for care. I can not say enough how much the experience was good. Thank you.

- James E

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This was the best dentistry experience I've ever had. I was so nervous but the staff & Doctor really made me feel as at ease as possible for a root canal. I will come back here for any service needed that this office performs.

- Meghan L

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Everyone was very efficient and caring and friendly. They very much put me at ease!!!!!

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The staff and doctor couldn't be any nicer. This was the second & unexpected root canal for me in 2 weeks. If I ever need another one this is the place to go. Dr. Hickey and his staff were very professional and friendly. He explained everything to me. I very highly recommend this office.

- Joan L

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My first root canal was no worse than any cavity. The dentist and staff who worked with me were fantastic. Would recommend to everyone!

- Alici Z

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I had a great visit with dr Parker

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Great dentist and associates, very friendly and conscious of their patients.

- Larry R

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Great care, if in fact over the course of my adult life,I would definitely want my endo care to be here.Thank you, Marty.PS, great find on the music station.This coming from one of the best drummers in the city.Thanks again Dr.Gorham, Chloe , Melissa and the entire office.

- Marty J

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This the first I every went to a Dental Specialist that made me feel relax to be in a dentist chair. I would recommend this Dental Associates 100%. Thank you.

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Stall made an unpleasant procedure as convenient and "painless" as possible. Well organized facility.

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I was very impressed the the care I recieved.

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