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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Everyone was great. Made me feel very comfortable!!
- Ashley B
I actually could say it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be.
- Jennifer h
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- Patrick B
I can't believe I would say a root canal was fun but Susie & Dr. Vela made me laugh & before I knew it I was done & pain free. Thank you both so much.
- Andy W
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Very pleased with the work and skill shown
- Stanley c
Awesome. Nothing to it. I was nervous but it was easier than most of the dental work I've ever had done. Great Job.
- Jon B
The staff was very friendly and gave exceptional care!
- Lynn H
Always so nice. I wish I could say I'm not a repeat pat but I am. I've had several root canals but Dr. Vela is the best. I've seen him before and I will always come back. The staff are super nice as well and the girls that work with Dr. Vela are awesome.
- Angela L
Everyone is always so helpful and professional!
- Heather miller
I've been to Dr. Vela before and I didn't need a root canal. He was so gracious to simply tell me how to correct the problem I was having and not take advantage of me in any way. I grew up in an age where I trusted my doctor and would do whatever they recommended. It is so nice to have someone so kind and honest available. Now a few years a later another tooth was causing me pain and he diagnosed and treated me so quickly even though I didn't have a regular appt. Thank you Dr. Vela for taking care of me and for your kindness and honesty.
- Alice T
I've been here before for a root canal a few years ago and I'm back again. These guys are the best at what they do. Dr. Vela has been awesome everytime and if need a third root canal I'm coming back here again.
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