Root Canal Therapy

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.

An example of a healthy tooth
Healthy Tooth
A tooth anatomy diagram highlighting pulp dentin and canal
Tooth Anatomy
A visual of tooth inflammation showing tooth decay and a inflamed pulp
Inflammation
A representation of a tooth with its canals cleaned
Cleaned Canals
An illustration of root canal filling of a tooth
Filling Placed
An example of a tooth healed by root canal therapy
Healed Tooth

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.

Endodontic Presentation

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.

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.

 
 

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- Mac M

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If you can say that having a root canal could be enjoyable, this is pretty close.

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I hate going to the dentist and was dreading this appointment. I've never had a root canal, but have heard how bad they can be. I was pleased with the way Dr. Jansson spent time explaining the procedure, and made the whole process easy and relatively pain free. The only discomfort was feeling a little pressure when the shots were given, but even that wasn't as bad as procedures I've had done in the past. A big THANKS to Dr. Jansson and his team. I would highly recommend them.

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I normally have anxiety about going to any type of dental office. Dr. Jansson and his staff made be feel right at ease. They explained and showed me everything so I would understand what treatment was needed. They were able to work me in under short notice. I hope not to have another root canal but if i do i know exactly where I am going. I have already started recommending Dr. Jansson to my coworkers.

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Friendly, professional service. Fantastic.

- James J

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Dr. Jansson as well as his assistant Katheryn were very personable and friendly during my root canal procedure. They made me feel at ease and answered any questions I had very thoroughly. I had a great experience and was surprised at how quickly it went by. I definitely recommend this dental office for any endodontic treatments and all of the staff members did an outstanding job.

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Dr. Jansson is pretty darn fantastic. He's caring, has a terrific sense of humor and tells really bad puns and jokes that you always laugh at. Seriously, I cannot recommend these people enough. They helped my wife and myself. The staff is fantastic. Always courteous and respectful and stays with you if you need it. These people have this down to a science and will get you in and out quickly. Again, there is no other endodontist that I would want for procedures like this.

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I never had any pain or discomfort through the entire experience. Friendly people, knowledgeable and efficient. Would definitely recommend this group to anyone!

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