MICHAEL MAZAHERI, DDS
A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed in dentistry. It is estimated that over 14 million root canal treatments are provided every year. Root canal therapy or Endodontic treatment is relatively simple and can save your natural teeth and prevent the need of dental implants or dental bridges.
The center of every tooth houses the pulp. Pulp is a collection of blood vessels and nerve tissue that helps to build and nourish the surrounding tooth. Infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep cavity, cracks , or sometimes as result of dental procedures. Symptoms of the infection can be identified as pain, visible injury, swelling of the tooth or surrounding tissues, sensitivity to temperature in the tooth and gums.
How is a Root Canal done?
Upon anesthesia is administered the injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is cleaned, disinfected and sealed with special material called Gutta Percha. Root canal treatment have a success rate of over 90% and can be completed in one or two visits. In addition to local anesthesia, we can provide nitrous oxide analgesia for our nervous patients to reduce anxiety. Upon completion of treatment You will be able to drive home after your treatment, and many patients will be comfortable returning to normal routine the next day. Upon the completion of treatment it is highly recommended the tooth to be restored with a full coverage restoration such as a crown to prevent future damage and re-infection.
How much is the cost?
The cost associated with Root Canal Treatment can vary depending on factors such as the severity of damage to the affected tooth and which tooth is affected (anterior vs. posterior teeth). In general, endodontic treatment is much less costly than tooth removal and replacement with a bridge or dental implants.