Non-Surgical Root Canal

A root canal is a dental procedure commonly performed to save natural teeth and prevent the need for implants or bridges. Over 14 million root canals are performed yearly, making it one of the most common dental procedures.

The center of a tooth is called the pulp, a collection of blood vessels that help build and nourish the tooth. An infection in the pulp can be caused by deep decay, trauma, cracks, or repeated dental procedures. Symptoms of an infected pulp include visible injury or swelling of the tooth, sensitivity to temperature, and pain in the tooth and gums.

If you experience these symptoms, we will likely recommend non-surgical root canal treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp. The injured pulp is removed during the procedure, and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. This treatment usually involves local anesthesia and can be completed in one or more visits, depending on the extent of the damage.

The success rate for non-surgical root canal treatment is about 90% of cases. However, suppose your tooth is not amenable to endodontic treatment, or the chance of success is unfavourable. In that case, we will inform you during the consultation or when complications arise during or after treatment.

During the procedure, local anesthesia eliminates discomfort. After the treatment, you will be able to drive home and resume your routine.

The cost of a root canal treatment can vary depending on the severity of the damage and which tooth is affected. However, endodontic treatment is generally much less expensive than tooth removal and replacement with an artificial tooth.

Following a root canal procedure, it’s essential to bear in mind that a permanent crown restoration becomes necessary. This crown provides protection and restores the tooth’s function and appearance, ensuring a lasting solution.

In summary, non-surgical root canal treatment is a common dental procedure that can save natural teeth and prevent the need for implants or bridges. If you are experiencing symptoms of an infected pulp, contact your dentist to schedule an evaluation and discuss treatment options.