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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Although root canals are a real bummer, you did a great job making me feel comfortable, and I have full confidence in the treatment I received in your office.

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I had two root canals done within 2 weeks, and each experience was great. I highly recommend this practice.

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I appreciate being able to come in same day

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I had a great experience. Dr. Braga and Chloe were very professional and considerate. Definitely a return customer should I ever need additional Dental Surgery services. Thank you!

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Very friendly, helpful, informative, patient....and calming 🙂

- Barb S

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Great staff!

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This is the second time in my life that I needed a root canal. I was very nervous. The staff and Doctor made me feel comfortable. They explained the procedure and made sure I was okay. Kudos.

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Highly recommend

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The staff was fine and Dr. Kalp was outstandingly excellent. There was no pain during the procedure nor did I need any pain pills afterwards. All I all an excellent experience.

- Natalie W

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Great staff and office. Dr. Hand is wonderful!

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The Doctor and assistant were terrific. Explained everything, had a great sense of humor and answered all of my questions. Very pleasant experience. Thank you for making my Root canal not so bad 🙂

- Suanne E

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Very friendly staff. My doctor was very thorough and explained all options to me. They gave me a quote for cost before starting the procedure and when I scheduled the appointment. Very impressed!

- Lauren J.

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Overall a great experience

- Barbara S

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Great experience

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As far as root canals go this was a great experience. Dr. Kalp explain everything and was awesome.

- Kasey B

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My procedure was completely painless and faster than I expected. They have taken away my fear of root canals!

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If you are looking for quality care with a selfless and attentive staff, be assured Dr. Kalp and her staff will not let you down! They were quick and caring and made sure my son (and I) were taken care of! Thank you again!

- Angela G

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Highly recommend the office. Everyone was excellent. Was able to get a root canal day after I called.

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