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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Dr Kalp is a true professional. She advised me of every step in the process and performed the procedure in a efficient and business-like manner. I arrived feeling very anxious and by the time I left I was very relaxed. I would not hesitate to recommend he group to my family and friends, particularly Dr. Kalp.

- Sandra W

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I have to give your practice an A++ rating. I had avoided having a root canal done on a tooth until it got infected and I was forced to do so; i was frankly dreading the procedure. That first tooth was done by Dr Kalp resulting in a very smooth comfortable procedure and a now functional tooth! The second procedure was done by Dr Watkins and was essentially an emergency. I cracked a tooth/exposed nerve and was sent to your practice from Dr Katsur & Associates. I very much appreciate Dr Watkins fitting me into her schedule that day! Again another smooth comfortable procedure!! I currently have a temporary crown and am waiting for the permanent one and fully expect the same outcome as my first root canal. I must admit I have had some not so good experiences at the dentist in the past however your practice has restored my faith in dentistry. Thank you!!

- David D

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Overall, I was very happy with my visit to Associated Dental Specialists and would return in the future.

- Caroline G

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Nobody wants to go to the dentist...especially for a root canal, but this crew is the best. Friendly, professional, and very good at what they do. Hoping that I don't have to return any time soon, but if I do, I know that I am in good hands.

- Leslie C

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A very tolerable experience. Impressed with the technology.

- Greg M

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Dr. Hand was amazing. He is a true professional and made me feel comfortable and my root canal procedure was completed quickly and painless.. He explained every step of the procedure and made sure I was comfortable during the entire procedure. I give Dr. Hand the highest marks possible and highly recommend him. Five Stars!!!!!

- John W

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I was very anxious since this was my first time at this practice, but i am happy to say that the staff and Dr Smith were just so good and comforting! They calmed me and assured me it was going to be painless and Yes it was 100 percent painless!!

- Priya

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This wa my first root canal and from the stories I heard I was scared to death. I saw Dr. Fatayer and he was absolutely the greatest. He not only put my fears go rest, he explained every step a!ong the way, making sure I understood what he was doing. His staff made sure I was comfortable as well. Nobody wants to have to get a root canal, but if you ever have to seek treatment for one I would STRONGLY SUGGEST DR. FATAYER AND HIS STAFF. You will be in great hands.

- Shelly Z

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This was great especially since I was so scared. They did a great job

- Danetta S

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Extremely pleased

- Lindsay

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20 years ago I had my first root canal and I thought I was Dustin Hoffman in Marathon Man, I almost passed out in the chair from the pain, so when I had to get this one I was really nervous and trying to suppress my fear. Dr. Fatayer and his staff really helped me get through this. PS. I'm usually not afraid of anything. I can work at heights, I've hunted among the wolves in Saskatchewan, Canada in 22 below 0 F, been out fishing on Lake Erie were you can't see land, same with the ocean.

- Edward J

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Very comfortable during the procedure and with Dr Hickey, he was very thorough and the staff is exceptionally friendly.

- Lisa K

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Very good!

- Lonnie C C

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Very nice, informative and thorough.

- Carolann M

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The staff was quite efficient and courteous. I was well cared for and I appreciated the follow up phone call as well as the payment plan.

- Suzanne W

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Great e,perience

- Lynne C

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Wonderful experience!

- Yvette C

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I appreciate the overall professionalism and friendliness of the staff. Dr. Rick Smith not only did a great job with my tooth, his caring manner put me at ease during this difficult time. I will recommend Dr. Smith to my family and friends.

- Pilar R

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Great doctor and great staff.

- Angie O

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Great,thanks!

- Kenneth F

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