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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Very satisfied with that staff, Doctor and how the procedure as performed! I was expecting pain and didn't feel anything! No one looks forward to a root canal but this team made it a stress and pain free experience.

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Thank you for working me in quickly, for handling it all in one visit to accommodate my schedule, and for the expert and very friendly service!

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So much easier than I was anticipating. I was nervous for nothing.

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I never had a root canal and I was a little concerned about how it would go, but it went very smoothly and barely felt a thing! It was done and over with in about 15-20 minutes and now I'm at ease knowing my tooth is a lot better off than when I came in.

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Everyone was so nice, and helped me to feel at ease even though I was terrified. Plus, I never felt a thing!

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You guys always do great work and help make everything go super smooth!

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I have horrific dentist anxiety. You guys easily made it go away

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extremely competent, efficient, painless.

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Dr. Hand did a great job, I get anxious at dentists, but this was all quick and painless. The whole staff was very kind and understanding

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I have always been Very Afraid of going to the Dentist. The staff made me feel comfortable, even before the work began. While having the root canal done I was asked ( more than once ) if I was doing ok an if the procedure was hurting. After, I was given instructions on what to expect an to get in touch if I had any questions or pain. I have already recommended the ADS to friends.

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Everyone was very friendly and helpful through this process. Thank you so much for getting me into your office quickly!

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I will certainly recommend this office due to the kindness of staff, and the great experience I had with Dr. Braga. Thanks, everyone!

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Staff and especially Dr. Braga was very professional. Dr Braga was more considerate of my well being than any medical has ever been.

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Excellent care!

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Procedure completed quickly

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