Root Canal Treatment

What is a root canal treatment?

Great question! If you’ve navigated to this page you’re probably wondering what exactly is root canal therapy and what are the other procedures that we as endodontists perform? Well first off the word endodontics comes from two Greek words,  “endo” meaning inside of and “odont” meaning tooth. The inside of the tooth is where we do our work.  Root canal treatment is just one type of endodontic treatment. 

The inside component of the tooth is what we refer to as the dental PULP.  We perform root canal treatment when the pulp becomes injured, damaged, or diseased. Our main goal as an endodontist is to save the natural tooth for as long as possible. The video below explains the steps involved.

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 for dental implants or bridges.  

While most infected teeth are symptomatic some produce no discomfort at all. 

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. 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. To prevent further decay, continue to practice good dental hygiene.