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
They made me feel safe and comfortable with the root canael.
- michael p
Dr. is very friendly- great 'bedside' manner.
- Al M
great job everyone
- mary a. s
Thanks! You made it bearable!
- Debbie S
This is my second visit and I am very comfortable with this dentist and the professional care that he and his whole team has given me.
- Peggy Reed J
A stressful situation was made much more pleasant and painless. Absolutely wonderful endodontist.
- Laura L
I have worked with this office previously and always a good experience. Very pleasant environment.
- Dawn J
impressed with the ease of the procedure
- carla m
Everyone was very kind and professional.
- cheri s
quick & relatively painless- would recommend
- elizabeth h
Quick and painless root canal! Staff and doctor very friendly.
- Kristine J
I was very worried about my first root canal but Dr. Dwan and his staff made me feel so much better about the procedure. He was very quick and thorough!
- allison t
Doctor and staff were very nice and helpful.
- sandy z
- gerald f
liked how they talked me through everything so i knew what was going on
- lori a
very patient and professional. this was a wonderful experience. thank you so much.
- Emma S
Painless, professional, 5 star rating all around
- ralph c
So much easier than i anticipated, and the staff was wonderful
- lisa d
I would return in a heartbeat. The staff made what could be a very uncomfortable procedure as comfortable as possible and were concerned about how I was doing the entire time. I would definitely return for care.
- Tanya B
Dr good at explainging procedure / always walk you thru it
- Nancy P