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
Doc did an exceptionally thorough job of explaining the procedure and putting me at ease with the procedure step by step. There were no surprises. I was comfortable throughout the entire experience.
- Troy M
If i need a root canal again i will come here first
- henry D
Did a good job!
- Bill H
Another painless root canal to add to my collection!!
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- walt o
I would recommend this doctor and staff to anyone. They are so incredible. From the moment I entered they eased my mind and did a great job with everything. Can a root canal be fun?! Mine was.
- Ashley V
Great experience, easier than a filling. Super friendly talked about each step while performing the root canal.
- Valarie F
This experience was the best I have ever had the customer service is second to none. I loved the play by play communication and the green shield over my tooth
- jeff VanDusen J
I am afraid of the dentist and hate going but this experience made me feel very comfortable and answered all of my questions.
- Gayle O
- jessica B
very easy appointment no pain fast annd I knew what was going on at all times by dr. descriptions
- pam s
Great experience, doctor did a great job explaining the procedure and making me feel comfortable.
- Andrew D
Thank you! You guys are so good and gentle!
- Karin H
My first experience with a root canal, and everything was easy and pain free. Financial details were discussed beforehand so I knew exactly what to expect. Staff and doctor very friendly, would highly recommend this location for any dental issues.
- Shaena F
very friendly staff and Dr Dwan was very personable.
- Sarah M
Everyone is so kind and make you feel welcome, highly recomment.
- sarah t
I wasnt looking forward to this. But my assistant and Dr. Were so nice and walked me through each step
- larry E
Thank you so glad you could save my tooth
- Cynthia C
I will return if i need another root canal