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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Fantastic teamwork

- Ann L

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I have had lots of complex dental work done over the years and a number of root canals. My root canal that was done by Dr. Kalp was painless and a surprisingly quick procedure. This is the first time I have visited this office and I wish I had known about it previously. Dr. Kalp's dental assistant was also very efficient and skilled. The staff could not have been nicer. I will go back to my regular dentist and let her know that she should always refer her patients to this practice.

- Cheryl S

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I was very pleased. The procedure didn't take very long, and the tooth is feeling fine now. I see my regular dentist this Wednesday for follow up

- Barbara M

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Very professsional

- Donald S

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They made my unpleasant issue pleasant. I was very impressed..

- Christopher S.

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I've had a few root canals done here and all have been a wonderful success. Thank you!

- Janet C

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Very gentile, very courteous.

- Howard G

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Have had 4 root canals with Associated Dental and I won't go anywhere else! The dentists and staff are amazing!

- Debra C

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If I need to go back there again, (this was my second root canal), I will definitely be going to this cranberry office, with such warm and welcoming and highly educated staff! I love to watch the staff interact with each other also! They really appear to enjoy what they are all doing! My visit there was quite painless & quick! Kudos to all of this great staff! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

- Diane F

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Great experience! Was very comfortable and the staff was very nice. Best dental visit I’ve ever had. Will definitely recommend to friends and family!

- Taylor H

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I adore this place! They sure know their stuff! Love Dr. Gorham, Zoe, her assistant, & Ashley at the desk! All wonderful staff!

- Diane F

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The procedure went well, Dr Kalp was very helpful and understanding.

- Thomas G

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Dr. Hand did a great job. He explained the procedure as we was doing it. The entire staff was very nice.

- Carl K

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They made the worst somewhat bearable 🙂

- Jeffrey H

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I have had several root canals done over the years, and a few at Associated Dental Specialists. I have been to 3 of their different offices (Bethel Park, Robinson, and Oakland). Each office is exceptional, courteous, clean, and professional. Each doctor is outstanding in their profession. I have never felt pain during the procedure and they always make sure I am comfortable. The assistants have gone above and beyond also. The courtesy call the next day shows that the office is concerned about patient care. I have seen Dr. Hand, Dr. Parker, Dr. Hickey, and Dr. Donagill. I would recommend any of them to anyone for endodontic treatments. I also greatly appreciate they notify you upfront prior to appointment as to what your co-pay will be. Thank you again for making a "not so fun" dental experience "less painful".

- Nicole M

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I've had multiple root canal treatments by ADS. All of the doctors there are professional and concerned about the patient. I have had no issues whatsoever with the services provided and I am impressed that you schedule a free recall appointment one year after treatment to assure that there is no problems. That is unheard of in the medical/dental field and it is just one of the reasons that I ADS will be my first choice for any problems I have that falls under their treatment options. Thank you!!

- Jane M

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Friendly, fun staff. Quick procedure.

- Susan S

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Great staff Very professional in every way.

- Judy S

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no problems

- paul B

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I have no complaints. Excellent customer service and follow up. I would return should I need and will refer.

- Eletta C

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