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.
Endodontic Associates of Iowa
- Jonathan A
Excellent service, Dr. Chamberlain was very thorough. Great results.
- Gary L
I was impressed by the Dr. who was very good at taking care to insure I did not experience any pain during the procedure. He also answered all my questions.
- Patrick C
As they say," I'd rather have a root canal". I can't say that any more as this office from staff to Doctor & facility made the whole procedure very easy. Thanks to all of you. Larry L
- Larry L
I strongly recommend Doctor Hansen! He is really nice and really professional. He has rich experiences that my surgery was done within an hour. Although I was too nervous to go to the Root Canal, it was totally pain-free during the surgery and not as suck as I thought before. He kept encouraging me that the process will end soon and reminded me which step we are at, which helped me a lot! Best Doctor and staff Daniel assisted him pretty well!
- Kelsey W
Excellent experience with Dr. Cobb and his staff. 100% pain free!!!
- Angela J
I am still amazed at how quick and pain-free this procedure and recovery period were! I could not believe how fast it was over. It was not worse than a filling, and I had minimal soreness afterwards (beyond the dose they gave me at the office, I didn't even need to take Advil or Tylenol later on!). I was happy to get an appointment right away at a time that worked for me. Hopefully I don't need any more root canals, but if I did, I'd come here in a heartbeat. Also, it's nice to see an up-to-date website with so much helpful extra information.
- Kathy K
Amazingly easy! I was in & out of the office in less than an hour.
- Ruth W
If you have to have a root canal, I would highly recommend Endodontic Associates of Iowa!
- Rosemary L
Dr. Vela and his assistant were great. I felt no pain during the procedure and I was done in no time at all. I was even laughing through the root canal because of the funny stories he told. Great experience and I was not expecting to say that at all.
- A S
Dr. Cobb did a GREAT job with my root canal !!! I was expecting it to be a lot more painful, but it was similar to have a filling done. It was slightly tender for 2 days, and by the 3rd day, it was good as new. What a great surprise to have that go so well. I had been putting it off for almost 3 years. I love the Coralville office, I used to visit the business that occupied that space before (Capanna Coffeehouse), and it was neat to see the fireplace was still there! The environment is very pleasant there, and everyone is very nice. Thank you! Dr. Cobb, you are a Rock Star!
- Katherine O
Quick. Pain management excellent. Felt confident in my dentist's expertise. overall very pleased.
- Steve M
Root Canals suck, but you guys make it as painless as possible. For someone who arrived very much in pain, I sincerely appreciate the procedures you have in place to fix the issue.
- Hameed F
Dr. Hansen - Simply the Best!!
- Gary J
I was in great pain and you fit me into the schedule. I was scared to death as this was my first root canal. You folks were all absolutely wonderful and I thank you. I ended up not needing the root canal, but needing a tooth extraction. You scheduled that for me and, again, I thank you very much.
- Bonnie K
I commented to Dr. Cobb that I really liked that his practice had simulated hardwood floors and it looked really nice. Dr. Cobb and his assistant worked extremely well together. I enjoyed listening in on their conversation. I would highly recommend Dr. Cobb to my friends.
- Hector I
This was my fourth root canal and by far the most pleasant. I had a lot of anxiety because the previous 3 root canals, done elsewhere, were very painful, in fact, 2 of them didn't work and the teeth were finally extracted. Mr. Vela made sure I was completely comfortable and assured me pain would be minimal. Super Job! 5 stars all the way!! Thank you so much!
- John D
Thanks to Sarah and Dr. Cobb (Coralville office) for making a bad situation better!! Brian
- Brian C
Everyone was very friendly. I experienced no pain during or after my root canal, and it was completing 30 minutes!
- Susan S
Thank you for all you do! Keep up the great work!
- Lisa C