Non Surgical Root Canal

What is a root canal?

A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed, well over 14 million every year. This  treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need of dental implants or bridges.

At the center of your tooth is pulp. The pulp is a collection of blood vessels and nerves that maintain the vitality of the tooth.  A tooth can die because of infection, trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, or repeated dental procedures. Symptoms of the infection can be identified as visible injury to the tooth, swelling of the gums adjacent to the tooth, sensitivity to temperature, looseness of the tooth or pain in the tooth and gums.

How is a root canal performed?

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 able to resume your normal routine right away. You may experience some discomfort for a few days afterward until your body begins to heal.  You may also receive a prescription for antibiotics to help fight the infection.

What happens after treatment?

If you have been referred to a root canal specialist, an endodontist, a record of your treatment will be sent to our office.  You should contact our office for a follow-up restoration within a few weeks of completion of your root canal therapy. We will then decide what type of restoration is necessary to protect your tooth. It is uncommon for endodontic patients to experience complications after routine endodontic treatment.  If a problem does occur, however, we are available at all times to respond to your needs.

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.