ROOT CANAL THERAPY
A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed, well over 14 million every year. This two-procedure treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need for dental implants or bridges.
At the center of the tooth is pulp, which is a collection of blood vessels and nerves that help 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. You will be able to drive home after your treatment, and you can resume to your normal routine upon completion of the appointment.
When the root canal therapy has been completed, a record of your treatment will be sent to your general dentist. You should contact their office as soon as possible for a follow-up restoration upon completion at our office. Your general 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 as long as you follow post-operative instructions. If a problem does occur, however, we are available at all times to respond. To prevent further decay, continue to practice good dental hygiene.