Root Canal Therapy
What is a root canal procedure?
Root canal therapy is one of the most common dental procedures performed, well over 14 million every year. When indicated, this treatment can help to 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. Irritation of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, or repeated dental procedures. Associated symptoms may be cold or heat sensitivity, pain to biting or tapping, spontaneous pain, or swelling of the face or adjacent gum tissue.
If you experience any of these symptoms, your dentist will most likely recommend non-surgical root canal 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 well over 90% of cases. If your tooth is not amenable to endodontic treatment or the likelihood of success is unfavorable, you will be informed at the time of consultation. We use local anesthesia to allow for a predictable, comfortable procedure. In addition, we will provide nitrous oxide analgesia if indicated and requested. You will be able to drive home after your treatment, and 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. If it is necessary, Dr. Barry Hoch or Dr. Sue Hoch will discuss whether you may need to contact the office of your restorative dentist 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 discomfort or questions occur we can be contacted during and after office hours. 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 complexity of treatment that is required and which tooth is affected. In general, endodontic treatment is much less expensive than tooth removal and replacement with an artificial tooth.