Non Surgical Root Canal

What is a root canal?

A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed (over 14 million every year!). This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need for 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 around the tooth, sensitivity to temperature, 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 remove 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 extent of treatment required. This treatment has about a 90% success rate. If your tooth is not amenable to endodontic treatment or the chance of success is unfavorable you will be informed immediately, either at the time of consultation or when a complication becomes evident during or after treatment (as soon as we know, we’ll make sure you know). We use local anesthesia to eliminate discomfort during the treatment.

You will be able to drive home after your treatment, and will probably be comfortable returning to your normal routine right away.

What happens after root canal treatment?

Your dentist will decide on and recommend the type of restoration 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 root canal treatment 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.