Non Surgical Root Canal

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 and nerve tissue 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 or in some cases, no symptoms at all.

How is a root canal performed?

If you experience any of the above mentioned symptoms, Dr. Hertz or Dr. Kruth will most likely recommend non-surgical root canal treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp. The procedure will occur in our office, or in more difficult cases, you may be referred to an endodontist (root canal specialist). At this visit, the injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned, disinfected 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 if a concern becomes evident during the treatment itself. In most cases local anesthesia is sufficient to eliminate discomfort. However,  nitrous oxide analgesia is an available option if indicated. You will be able to drive home after your treatment, and in most instances you will be comfortable returning to your normal routine by the next day.

What happens after root canal treatment?

When your root canal therapy has been completed in an endodontic office, a record of your treatment will be sent to us. You should contact our office for a follow-up restoration within a few weeks of completion of the root canal procedure. We will discuss with you the best type of restoration to protect your tooth. In most cases this will involve placing a crown (or cap) on the tooth to protect it from future damage due to fracture. It is rare for endodontic patients to experience complications after routine endodontic treatment. If a problem does occur, however, we are available to manage the issue. 

How much will root canal treatment 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.  So that you are informed, we will give you a treatment estimate for those procedures that we have recommended.