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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Some progress reports along the way might have helped so I could know how far along in the process it was - "This is what I am doing" type remarks. (I needed to use the restroom and would like to have known how much longer I needed to hold on.) I did appreciate that Dr. Knaup was careful to make sure she got to the bottom of the infected area. It went very smoothly and I would definitely recommend Dr. Knaup to anyone. I enjoyed her assistant as well. Thank you for your care.

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Thank you for the ease of this appointment. You made a stressful situation as stressfree as possible

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I am extremely pleased with how little pain I experienced during my root canal

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I appreciated having a movie to watch, I wasn't expecting to giggle during a root canal. The dental dam caused some discomfort, as I had a hard time not breathing through my nose, but the dental assistant was able to adjust it so I had a small area to allow some airflow, which I greatly appreciated.

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I enjoyed the music during the procedure.

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the process from beginning to end was very smooth

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