Root Canal Treatment
What is a root canal?
A root canal system is an anatomic space inside the tooth which houses a soft tissue called the pulp. This pulp is a collection of nerves, blood vessels, connective tissue and other cell types. This tissue is vulnerable to inflammation and infection.
Inflammation and Infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, grinding, clenching or repeated dental procedures. Symptoms of this inflammation and/or infection are varied. These can be manifested as visible injury, sensitivity to temperature, biting or chewing sensitivity, spontaneous pain, swelling of the gum, or
What is A Root canal treatment?
A root canal treatment 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 extraction.
If you experience any of these symptoms mentioned above, your dentist will most likely recommend non-surgical endodontic treatment (root canal treatment) to eliminate the diseased pulp. This injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. Root canal 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 94% 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.
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 a root canal cost?
The cost associated with root canals 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.