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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Great experience, courteous friendly staff. Dr. Katz puts you at ease during the whole process. I was impressed that Dr. Katz made a personal call in the evening to check on how I was doing. Exceptional service throughout the entire process. I’m very satisfied and definitely recommend Dr. Katz!

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I would highly recommend this dentist. I have never experienced such kindness from an entire staff of professionals in my life. You leave with no pain and very happy to have been treated by Dr Katz and his staff. What a team effort. Thank you for making me feel relaxed prior to the procedure.

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Last year I needed a root canal for an abscess in a tooth that was broken and crowned. This tooth had been re-crowned a few times over the decades since it was first broken so by now there is little of it left. Drilling through the current crown and what remained under it was too risky so Dr. Katz determined the best course of action was to go through the gum. This in effect was now a surgical procedure. This is where his skill really makes a difference. The procedure was pain free and I even went to work right from his office afterwards. There was very little swelling and almost no pain whatsoever. I followed his post-op instructions and when I returned for the follow up everything was perfect. I had a choice who to go to for this and I requested my dentist make the referral for Dr. Katz. This was not my first time going to him and while I hope it's the last time I need to, I will return to him should the need arise.

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