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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Office staff was excellent. There was a issue with my referral and they went above and beyond to resolve issue. Dr. Hand was gentle and fast. Explained procedures and checked to make sure I was ok. Best root canal experience ever!

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I had a Great experience here even though I did not want a root canal it wasn't so bad.

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I was very pleased with the procedure and the friendly staff.

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I would highly recommend the ADS to friends, colleagues, and family. I did let my main dentist know how pleased I was with the services. I appreciated the call the day after to check on me. I followed doctors orders and stayed ahead of the pain.Other people could not believe how well my procedure went. the experiences of other scared me before I went, but my report back to them on the ease of the procedure surprised them all. Professionalism at the highest level.

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Extremely relieved to be referred here and now have piece of mind that my dental needs were met above and beyond!

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Since I was in pain, I was incredibly nervous about getting the Novocain shot, Dr. Kalp and Melissa were super helpful and supportive.

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This was my first root canal and I was TERRIFIED. Everyone was so nice and Dr. Dongell was fantastic! She explained everything and made me feel at ease. The procedure was painless and she did a great job.

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Staff was exceptional. Very professional and courteous. Dr took time to explain procedure throughly.

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The doctor was great and very helpful.

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Overall, everything went smoothly. Was nervous when first went in, but everyone was so nice that I was calmed down right away, Physician every good and reassuring. May have to go again soon and will be reassured of the process and the Doctor.

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Very relaxed atmosphere, plus very informative and thorough procedure!! Any questions get answered quickly!

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No one likes to go to the dentist but the staff here make it as pleasant as possible. Kind and explained everything. Great personalities! Highly recommend Dr. Hickey

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Dr. Kalp was professional, explained everything thoroughly, and had excellent bed side manner! If you need endodonic treatment, come and see Dr. Kalp and Lindsay! Thank you for the great care!

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