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.

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.

 
 

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Was petrified, but was put to ease by the doctor explaining the procedure as he went along. Exceptional staff and doctor. Greatful for saving my tooth.

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Dr Dwan is curteous, respectful, friendly, and sensitive. My expectations were met with great competence from all. Thank you so much.

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Best possible experience. Staff and doctor are excellent. Everything is well explained and everything is done to make it as painless as possible.

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BEST root canal i ever had

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Doctor and staff was very friendly. I appreciated how doctor explained the whole process along the way. Thank You!!

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Dr and all of the staff here are wonderful. The appointment and procedure were completed in a timely maner. I also knew what my cost would be before the procedure.. It is always a pleasure to have dental work done by Dr, Dwan and his staff.

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Dr. Dwan and his staff were wonderful. They were kind, caring and professional and my treatment was painless. I would definitely return to this office again if needed, and will recommend them to others as well. This was my first root canal and it was a very positive experience.

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NOT WHAT I EXPECTED. PLEASANTLY SURPRISED. REALLY LIKED THE WAY THE DOCTOR EXPLAINED WHAT WS HAPPENING THROUGHOUT THE PROCEDURE AND THE COOMUICAYION WITH HIS ASSISTANT.

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Everything was explained step by step by Doctor Dwan. He Made sure I was comfortable at all times!

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I will strongly recommend Valley to others needing root canals. This is my second procedure, and it I need others this is where I will visit. I liked that the progress of the procedure was checked several times w/ xrays.

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I am very happy with my visit, it was very quick and efficent

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