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 simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need for dental implants or bridges.
At the center of your tooth is the pulp. Pulp is a collection of blood vessels and nerves that to supply nutrients to the surrounding tooth and keep it healthy. 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 or surrounding gums, sensitivity to temperature or pain in the area.
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. Our in-office endodontist (root canal specialist) can perform this treatment. This injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. This therapy usually involves local anesthesia to eliminate discomfort 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 severely damaged and the changes of success for root canal treatment are unfavorable, you will be informed at the time of consultation if a complication arises during or after treatment. It is rare for patients to experience complications after routine root canal treatment or microsurgery. If a problem does occur, however, we are available at all times to respond. Unless you are prescribed sedative medication, you will be able to drive home after your treatment, and should be comfortable returning to your normal routine the next day.
What happens after root canal treatment?
When your root canal therapy has been completed, your restorative dentist will prepare your tooth for a follow-up restoration to completely seal the root canal and protect your tooth from further damage. To prevent future decay around your new restoration, 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 the specific treatment recommended by your endodontist. In general, endodontic treatment is much less expensive than tooth removal and replacement with an artificial tooth.