Root Canal Treatment
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. Root canal 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. Dr. Hirschman uses 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.
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.
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 a root canal cost?
The cost associated with root canals 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.
Dr. Hirschman took the time to clearly explain the reasons why the root canal was advised, and the steps he would take to correct the situation. He was extremely professional and friendly throughout my visit. The PAINLESS procedure was a complete success. The staff was very accommodating setting up my appointment and explaining the charges involved, as well as knowledgeable and efficient in assisting Dr. Hirschman during the procedure. I would not hesitate to have future dental work done by Dr. Hirschman, and recommend him wholeheartedly.
- Art S
Being a patient at Legacy Endodontics was like being a participant in an orchestra performance. Every person that I saw in the practice had multiple job competencies, as well as being a specialist at a particular portion of the work. It was so fun to watch Wade and Charmaine work fluidly together during the procedure of two root canals (through an existing bridge, no less!); exchange and prep of all the necessary tools was done with minimal instruction and minimal time, but never had a rushed feeling, just maximum efficiency. Who knew a root canal, or two, could be so great? Thanks team!
- Megan M
As a first time patient, Dr. Hirschman took all the time I needed in order to feel comfortable. Dr. Hirschman's level of professionalism helped me know I had chosen the right doctor.
- taylor p