Root Canal Therapy
What is a root canal?
A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures, with over 14 million performed 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 a collection of blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissues, commonly referred to as the pulp tissue. The pulp tissue functions to help build, nourish, and maintain the surrounding tooth structure. 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. 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 any discomfort. In addition, we can provide a mild oral sedative medication, if indicated. Post-operative discomfort is usually minimal following treatment, and you will likely be able to return to your normal routine immediately.
To provide you with a better understanding of endodontic procedures, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to root canal therapy 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; however, if a problem does occur, we are available at all times to respond. To prevent further decay, continue to practice good dental hygiene.
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 which tooth is affected. In general, endodontic treatment is much less expensive than tooth removal and replacement with an artificial tooth.
Lake Area Endodontics
Dr. Parks finished my (complicated) root canal today. I’m super pleased with the results, the service, and everyone at the office. Special thanks to Kaitlyn for taking such good care of me throughout this process.
- Debbie S
I would absolutely recommend Dr. Parks to anyone in the Lake area.
- Gayla T
Friendly staff and service!
- Kelly J
- Kaitlyn H
Having a root canal would hardly be anyone's idea of fun or pleasant. This being said, Dr. Parks and his staff were amazing. His assistants (whose name I have forgotten, unfortunately) were informative and sweet. I have a bizarre sense of humor when I'm nervous. They went along with it without making me feel dumb. Dr. Parks joked with me was well. Beyond that, the procedure was nearly painless. I had been worried because he doesn't offer nitrious gas. To me, the worst part of dental procedures is the first numbing shots. Dr. Parks was amazing. It pinched but not so badly it hurt. Once he started, I had earbuds in. I did not have on my glasses, so I was not able to see my playlist. His assistant would tell me exactly which play list I had and then select it. When the procedure was done, my jaw was locked open. I have to admit this was frightening. Dr. Parks just popped it back in place. It sounds painful but it wasn't. To me, the most amazing part of that was he was calm. He just sat me up and popped it back in. I needed no pain medicine other than Tylenol. I wish he did all dental work. I'd go to him.
- Lin R
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- Nina R