root canal therapy

endodontics • little rock, ar

What is a Root Canal?

     
 

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.

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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 the pulp. The pulp is a collection of blood vessels, nerves, and cells 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 periodontal disease. 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?

The injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. This therapy is most often completed in one visit depending on the treatment required. Success for this type of treatment occurs in about 98% 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 desired. You will be able to drive home after your treatment, and you probably will be comfortable returning to your normal routine.

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 the location of the tooth in the mouth. In general, endodontic treatment is much less expensive than tooth removal and replacement with an artificial tooth.