Non Surgical Root Canal

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a common dental procedure 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.

How is a root canal performed?

If you experience any of these symptoms, will most likely recommend non-surgical treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp, which may be performed by her or by an endodontist (a root canal specialist). 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.

What happens after treatment?

If your root canal therapy is completed by a referred endodontist, a record of your treatment will be sent to our office. You should then contact us for a follow-up restoration at our office within a few weeks of completion. will decide on what type of restoration is necessary to protect your tooth. Frequently, a crown is warranted to protect the treated tooth.  If you experience any compliacations after endodontic treatment or microsurgery, please contact us.  We are available at all times to respond. To prevent further decay, continue to practice good dental hygiene.