Root Canal Therapy

The following multimedia video answers many common questions about root canal therapy and will help you better understand the endodontic treatment that is provided at our offices in Sacramento, Elk Grove, Woodland and Roseville, California.

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A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed, with well over 14 million performed every year.

About root canal treatment

Root canal therapy focuses on treating injured or diseased pulp of the tooth.

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.

This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need of dental implants or bridges.

Root canal procedure

If you experience any symptoms such as visible injury or swelling of the tooth, sensitivity to temperature or pain in the tooth and gums, your dentist will most likely recommend non-surgical root canal treatment to eliminate diseased or injured pulp.

In root canal therapy, the endodontist removes the injured or diseased pulp and then thoroughly cleans and seals the root canal system. 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, our endodontists will inform you at the time of consultation or when a complication becomes evident during or after treatment.

Our endodontists use a local anesthesia to eliminate discomfort. You will be able to drive home after your treatment, and you probably will be comfortable returning to your normal routine soon after treatment.

After root canal treatment

When your root canal therapy is complete, a record of your treatment will be sent to your restorative dentist. It is recommended that you contact your dentist's office for a follow-up restoration within a few weeks of completion of root canal treatment at our office.

Your restorative dentist will decide on what type of restoration is necessary to protect your tooth. It is rare for endodontic patients to experience complications after routine endodontic treatment or microsurgery. If a problem does occur, however, we are available at all times to respond.

Root canal cost

The cost associated with endodontic treatment varies 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.

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