Root Canal Treatment
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. Root canal 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 90% 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. Dr. Read and Dr. MacDonald use local anesthesia to eliminate discomfort. In addition, we can provide nitrous oxide analgesia, if you prefer. You will be able to drive home after your treatment, and you probably will be comfortable returning to your normal routine.
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.
What happens after treatment?
When your root canal therapy has been completed, a record of your treatment will be sent to your referring dentist. You should contact their office for a follow-up restoration within a few weeks of completion at our office. Your referring 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 a root canal cost?
The cost associated with root canals 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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- Kate C
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- Dionne B
Very appreciative of the staff for squeezing me in on a Friday and for a solid, responsible diagnosis and strategic plan
- Kevin H
I was admitted for an emergency root canal as a consult but when the staff realized my level of pain, wouldn’t have turned me away. They immediately performed the root canal, and from then on, everyday has been better and better.
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- Rebecca O
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This has been the absolute best dental experience I’ve ever had. I was seen urgently for severe tooth pain. I was numb through the whole procedure which has been difficult to accomplish in the past. This was such a positive experience! Thank you!
- Julie S
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- Mary T
Everyone was very nice and explained what the procedure was. The doctor was thourough and made me feel st ease. Overall an excellent experience.
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