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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Dr Parker was very personable and thorough with my procedure. Answered every question I had and made me feel comfortable

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Dr. Hand was amazing. I was extremely nervous, but he explained the entire root canal process from start to finish. I highly recommend him, and will come back for future care.

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From making an appointment, to the procedure, it was a quick and easy process. Would definitely recommend this practice to anyone

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Great experience. I was nervous about getting a root canal, but Dr. Braga was wonderful. She explained the procedure as she did each step. Thank you,,

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I appreciate them listening to my concerns and questions.

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Excellent professional service . Scheduling was quick . Procedure was painless and staff was excellent .

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I was very impressed with the service that I received today. I would recommend this practice to anyone that needs root canal therapy.

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This was the most pleasant experience I’ve ever had at the dentist. Everyone is so friendly and caring. I would definitely come back in the future for all my tooth needed. Natasha was an absolutely amazing assistant and doctor Whakins fixed everything for me and is stunning at her job. Also Ashley at the front desk was so kind and helpful.

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Wasn't what I expected for a root canal. Very painless and very quick.

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The dr communicated with me the whole time and treated me with kindness and gentleness which brought my anxiety about the procedure way way down.. I really appreciated that.

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They were all so nice and made me feel very at ease. Made sure I was comfortable and that my pain was under control. They were fantastic. Procedure was Very easy for me.

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This practice is wonderful!!! Very courteous and professional staff! Every step was explained to me before, during, and after the procedure!!! Many thanks for providing relief to me! You are the BEST!!!

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