What is a Root Canal?

Through endodontic therapy, your doctor removes infected or damaged tissue from inside a tooth. Once this tissue (the pulp) is removed, the pulp chamber and root canals are cleaned, filled and sealed.

Trauma to Teeth

The most common cause is severe tooth decay or a fracture that exposes the pulp to bacteria that may cause infection. Other causes include traumatic injury, such as a blow to the tooth, a cracked or loose filling, or repeated fillings in a tooth. Sometimes periodontal, or gum disease can be the cause of the problem.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 dental bridges or dentures.

Dr. Yalamanchili can perform most all root canals. There are times when a specialist is needed, depending on the specific circumstances. Dr. Yalamanchili and the staff at Acacia Dental Group will personally customize the needed root canal treatment that is best for you.

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.

How is a Root Canal Performed?

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.

What Happens After Root Canal 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 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.