Nonsurgical root canals are the most predictable and least invasive treatment option with a 90% success rate, and are therefore always our first choice. This therapy usually involves local anesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required. Part of the expertise practiced by a board certified endodontist is accurately predicting treatment results. If your tooth will not respond favorably to treatment, we will inform you and your dentist, and then determine the next best treatment option. We use local anesthesia to eliminate discomfort during and directly after the treatment. You will be able to drive home after your treatment and will probably be comfortable enough to return to your normal routine.
When your root canal therapy has been completed, a record of your treatment will be sent to your general dentist. You should contact their office for a follow-up restoration within a few weeks of treatment at our office. Complications are rare, but possible after routine Endodontic treatment. If a problem or question does arise, we are available at all times to respond. Regardless of the restoration, Endodontically treated teeth are still susceptible to dental decay and periodontal disease. To prevent further disease, continue to see your dentist regularly and practice good dental hygiene.
The cost associated with this procedure can vary depending on which teeth are damaged and how badly. In general, root canals are much less expensive than tooth replacement. However, treating a tooth that will fail is the most expensive treatment that can be rendered. We are adamant about treating teeth that will last for decades. Once a diagnosis is made, you will be informed regarding cost of the procedure and what the contribution of your insurance estimate will be.