Root Canal Treatment


  1. The specialty of dentistry concerned with eliminating infection from the root canals of teeth and restoring the supporting tissues to health. Its purpose is to save teeth that have been so badly damaged by decay, fracture, abscess, etc. that usual dental procedures can no longer be employed. Retaining a tooth with endodontic treatment is in most cases far better than extraction and replacing the missing tooth with a prosthetic device. See the benefits of Root Canal Treatment.
  2. Usually not uncomfortable. However, reactions such as tenderness or swelling may occur between visits.
  3. Successful in over 90% of the cases treated. If a less favorable prognosis is anticipated, or if difficulty arises during treatment, it will be discussed with you. If healing does not take place, further procedures such as retreatment or periapical surgery may be employed to save the tooth. Despite our best efforts, approximately 5% of endodontically treated teeth may fail and require extraction.
  4. Before the treatment, your tooth will be examined and the treatment explained. You will be informed of the fee and the approximate number of appointments needed for proper treatment. You will, of course, have the opportunity to ask any questions you might have.
  5. Performed to relieve the pain of toothaches caused by pulp inflammation or infection. With modern techniques and anesthetics, most patients report that they are comfortable during the procedure.
  6. Postoperative care instructions will be provided to you after the root canal procedure.
  7. After the treatment, you will be referred back to your dentist who will place the final restoration (filling). Final restoration (crown) of the tooth after root canal treatment is essential to success of root canal treatment and retention of the tooth. Often your dentist will recommend a crown (cap) or onlay to protect your tooth. Your dentist will set a separate fee for the final restoration.
  8. You will be recalled after treatment to check for complete healing. These check-up visits are most often after one year and generally take just a few minutes. There is no additional fee for this service.
  9. If a problem arises during treatment, please feel free to call this office. You may be secure in the knowledge that one of us will always be available to resolve your problem or answer your questions.