Non Surgical Root Canal

What is a root canal?

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

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How is a root canal performed?

If you experience any of these symptoms, Dr. Funderburk 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 examination, or when a complication becomes evident (during or after treatment). When performing root canals, wee use local anesthesia to eliminate any discomfort you may feel In addition, we will provide nitrous oxide analgesia, if indicated. You will be able to drive home after your treatment, and you will probably feel comfortable returning to your normal routine.

What happens after treatment?

When your root canal therapy has been completed, a restoration is necessary to protect your tooth. Dr. Funderburk will recommend the best type of restoration for you, depending on the condition of your tooth. It’s rare for endodontic patients to experience complications after routine endodontic treatment or microsurgery. If a problem does occur, however, we will assess and treat the problem accordingly. To prevent further decay, continue to practice good dental hygiene.

I Had A Root Canal And It Didn’t Work

The main cause of improper healing after a root canal is failure to promptly restore the tooth. For this reason, we encourage you to have your tooth restored at the same time as the root canal treatment.

How much will it cost?

The cost associated with a root canal varies, depending on factors such as which tooth is affected, the severity of the damage and the internal anatomy of the tooth. In general, endodontic treatment is much less expensive than tooth removal and replacement with an artificial tooth.