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
Nice clean office, great Dr and staff, procedure was painless!
- Marsha G
Fast, efficient, friendly office!
- Gary S
very well done. everyone was very kind and helpful thank you
- pat v
Everyone was very welcoming and kind. I was put at ease as soon as I walked in the door. Thank you.
- Ashley G
long time to wait for appointment. excellent dr and tech efficiency and friendliness
- charles s
this was my third root canal great as always
- dale g
Easier than getting a cleaning...and less painful.
- Bryan W
very plesant to deal with
- ronald p
Very easy process.
- Matt K
very quick not to bad of a experince
- wendy demo
Been in pain since Friday, so grateful you had an opening today!!
- David P
Im very comfortable
- Karin H
great experience....did a great job of communicating the process of my procedure
- Mark J
the staff were friendly and good to be around. nice conversations.
- michele a
kindly shared information. nice people
- bonnie o
I was nervous, but they took great care of me!
- Jennifer F
i was so nervous to get a root canal. Dr. and the assisant were so reasurring thank you
- sarah t
All the staff eased my mind with this being my first root canal. I so appreciated all the comfort and support. Dr. Dwan and his assistant worked very welll together aa a team and explained everything they were doing every step of the way. Great Job. Thank you.
- Sue K
everyone was so nice. if i need anymore root canals i will come back
- cherly k
- jacob J