Root Canal Therapy

What is a root canal?

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 are the root canals where the pulp (a collection of nerves and blood vessels) enter into the tooth. Inflammation or infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, or repeated dental procedures. Symptoms of the inflammation or infection can be identified as visible injury or swelling, sensitivity to temperature or pain in the tooth and gums.

When a tooth becomes inflamed and hypersensitive to the point where it cannot recover or when a tooth dies and abscesses, then you need root canal therapy in order to retain the natural tooth and eliminate the pain and infection.

Oral pain such as toothaches or cracked / fractured teeth can often be difficult to pinpoint.  Because of the vast network of nerves in the mouth, the pain of a damaged or diseased tooth often is felt in another tooth and/or in the head, neck, or ear. An Endodontist is a specialist in diagnosing and treating this type of pain.  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 85-95% 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. 

If you have dental anxiety, then it may be possible to take a pill similar to a valium to reduce the anxiety, but a consultation is required first, and you would require someone to drive you to and from the appointment.

An example of a healthy tooth
Healthy Tooth
A tooth anatomy diagram highlighting pulp dentin and canal
Tooth Anatomy
A visual of tooth inflammation showing tooth decay and a inflamed pulp
Inflammation
A representation of a tooth with its canals cleaned
Cleaned Canals
An illustration of root canal filling of a tooth
Filling Placed
An example of a tooth healed by root canal therapy
Healed Tooth

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.

Endodontic Presentation

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. 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 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.

 
 

Zumbro Valley Endodontics

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I went in for a root canal and, contrary to the horror stories friends told me, I barely felt a thing! It was no different than getting a filling. I put on the noise canceling headphones (provided) and listened to music during the procedure. The website is very informative. Being able to complete my medical history online prior to my appointment was a time saver.

- Laura W

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Thank you for making everything comfortable. Great experience.

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very friendly and professional.

- Anonymous

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The overall experience was great (for going to the dentist). ZThey llthought of everything you could need and it was there.

- Anonymous

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If you ever had any concerns about having a root canal...don't worry a bit if you are coming to Dr. Knaup. I was nervous when I went to my appointment. Now, I can see that I should not have been nervous at all. I was so thankful to have had that kind of experience. I will tell others about Dr. Knaup and her staff. Trust me when I say that your experience will be terrific. You will feel minimal discomfort if there is any at all. Doctor Knaup and her staff really care about their patients and you can see that level of care and concern as soon as you walk in the door!

- Natalie S

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Everything went very well. Chris at the front was very helpful. Camille and Dr. Knaup made me feel at ease.

- Anonymous

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I had a good experience

- duane w

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Doctor and staff took time to answer questions and really listened to my concerns. Best experience at a dental clinic I have ever had. THANK YOU!

- Vicki R

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Nothing I can think of.

- Anonymous

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everything was overall very good friendly staff and I didn't feel anything until after the surgery

- Kylia E

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A little music piped into the room would have been nice during the times I had to wait for the next procedure. Overall, the experience was fine.

- Gene S

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First of all, a beautiful facility, visually impressive and inviting. Courteous staff. Dr. Knaup and her assistant, Camille, are extremely capable with great skill. Their presence is mighty encouraging. ~ it's amazing about all that they do and yet as a patient I had no pain. ~ Generally, in various situations throughout life we're either helpers or ones being helped. ~ Today I say a big Thank You! to Crystal, Camille and Dr.Knaup for helping me.

- Robert R

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Everything went fine and quickly with no discomfort.

- Anonymous

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nice job

- Anonymous

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Was a good experience overall

- Anonymous

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truly awesome care

- Anonymous

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I had a good experience as far as root canals go!

- Ann Larson

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Very happy with the visit Thank You

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thanks for good treatment

- Anonymous

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I am a very anxious patient so I was pleasantly surprised with the technique and I can honestly say there was no pain.

- Deb P

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