Root Canal Therapy
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 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. 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, sensitivity to temperature or pain in the tooth and gums.
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 comfortable returning to your normal routine.
The above x-rays are an example of a great root canal performed by Dr. Vela on Feb. 6, 2015. The canals were curved and it is the furthest tooth back on the left side of the mouth. The patient left happy with a painless root canal and the end result looks great and should last a lifetime.
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 it 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.
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.
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- Judy S
Definitely highly recommend. Best experience I could hope for. My son had severe phobia of dental work. He's now entirely over it after that experience!
- Angie R
I was treated the same day I found out I needed a root canal and the care was outstanding. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing dental care.
- Charlie G
Thank you Dr. Chamberlain and staff for the friendly, gentle and professional care!
- Amy B
From the front desk to the back everyone was very nice and professional. The doctor was very nice and his assistant was too. I even laughed during the root canal because they were funny and made it easy to relax.
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- Cheryl M
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- Janes C
Overall a very satisfactory experience.
- Cheryl S
Dr. Chamberlain certainly showed no signs of frustration with the long procedure. Very professional. Thanks again for serving me.
- Lois K
Thanks for your skill and your professionalism.
- James L
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- Julie K
All of my experiences with Endodontic Associates, going back over ten years, have been excellent. Keep doing everything you're doing.
- Todd A
Surprisingly a good experience
- Kirk V
I had to have an emergency root canal. They got me in right away & took wonderful care of me. Dr. Maktabi was very kind & explained everything to me in detail & made sure I was comfortable & had minimal pain.
- Katharine G
This was my first visit to Endodontic Associates. Dr. Cobb was my dentist and Julie was the dental assistant. They were very caring, friendly, and went out of their way to make sure that I was comfortable and at ease. Thanks for being awesome and keep up the great work !!! I will highly recommend !!!
- Wendy H
The doctor returned my call at 9:30 pm on a Friday and saw me the next morning! I am so grateful for the quick service to relieve my pain.
- Shannon I
Great visit. I was pretty nervous but Dr. Vela was great. Vela like Fella. I'll remember that. Funny guy and made the root canal fast and painless. I'll be back. Not that I want another one but if I do I'm coming back here.
- Matt A