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 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. 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.
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 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.
Valley Endodontics, PC
- Pamela C
This is my 4th or 5th root canal with Dr. Dawn. Everyone here is always so friendly and professional. The office is always clean and well lit. I would never go anywhere else and I would always highly recommend anyone I know to come here.
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- Nick B
Outstanding service, I would highly recommend.
- B M
4th root canal here, only place I would go!
- Jesse F
For dentist appointment it was good, felt relieved as I hate dentist appointments
- Nancy B
VERY NICE EXPERIENCE WOULD NOT HESITATE TO RECOMMEND
- Sandra K
Painless experience. Explained every step of the procedure
- Ken S
It was a great experience. The doctor and staff were fantastic!!
- Alesha W
Great conversation and explanation of procedure
- Marty R
Friendly and patient.
- Dianne C
No pain and explained as he was doing it.nice people
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- James G
Was very pleased with service appreciated Dr explaining what he was doing during procedure. Staff was very professional as well as Dr.
- Sandra O
Liked the info as we went along the process
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- David J
Great office everyone’s so friendly
- Larry J
Highly recommend this office, the staff and Doctor were both very gentle and caring. I’ve always been nervous for the dentist but I left here with a smile and on face and no pain at all!
- Eden F
Well informative, education, on time, no waiting, no pain, enjoy conversation
- Suprena C
Overall good job
- Jonathan P