Root Canal Therapy

Endodontic Presentation

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.

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.

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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 (usually a crown). To prevent further decay, continue to practice good dental hygiene.

tooth after endodontic treatment

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 (dental implant).

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I must say that I would have never thought I would be reviewing a root canal. That being said, after panicking at a different endodontist and walking out, I was referred to Dr. Katz. Reviewing the X-Rays during the initial consultation, Dr. K assured me that the tooth was worth saving (it is a beautiful tooth!). I, personally, was willing to get the tooth pulled as to avoid the duration and psychological stress of a root canal. Dr K, who I liken to Howard Wolowitz from Big Bang Theory (with much shorter hair...and yes, this is a compliment) was very insightful, and calming and assured me that the process would be smooth and relatively quick. I scheduled and actually showed up. It was a seamless visit just as he said it would be. I highly recommend Dr. K! I'm just short of looking forward to my next root canal.... 🙂

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I was referred to Dr. Katz by my dentist for an emergency appointment regarding the pain I had been experiencing in one of my molars for quiet sometime now. They were able to see me on short notice and were very kind and helpful to my suffering. The staff and the Dr. Katz made this traumatic experience much easier for me and I thank you.

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