Endodontic treatment, also known as Root Canal Treatment, treats infected nerve pulp. The nerve pulp is a network of blood vessels and nerves at the center of a tooth. These blood vessels and nerves usually help build the tooth structure that surrounds them, but trauma particularly deep decay, cracks, chips and frequent dental procedures can lead to significant infections marked by visible injuries to the tooth, swelling and increased pain and sensitivity to the tooth and gums.
Root canal therapy focuses on removing injured, diseased pulp following local anesthesia (nitrous oxide or oral sedation is also available upon need or request) over the course of one or more office visits. In the process, Dr. Soordhar will thoroughly clean and seal the root canal system. This process successfully treats about 90 per cent of candidates’ cases, but the success rate depends of various factor.
Dr. Soordhar will recommend an ideal restoration to protect your tooth after completing the root canal therapy, along with continued good dental hygiene practices. Endodontic patients rarely encounter complications following routine treatments, but we are available at any time to address problems that may arise.
Most patients can comfortably drive home and return to their normal routines immediately after treatment.
Though one of dentistry’s most commonly performed procedures, the over 14 million root canals performed yearly can vary significantly in cost from one patient to the next. It can prevent the need for dental implants or bridges while saving your natural teeth, but the cost to you can depend strongly upon the number of canals, existing damage’s severity and which tooth requires attention.
Still, it usually remains the less expensive option when compared with removing a tooth and placing a dental implant.