Root Canals – Johnston, IA
What is a root canal?
A root canal is a simple treatment that saves a tooth when its pulp has become infected. The pulp is a collection of blood vessels and nerves in the center of the tooth. Infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma, deep decay, cracks, and fractures. Various symptoms of infection include visible injury to the tooth, swelling near the tooth, or severe pain in the tooth or gums.
How is a root canal performed?
If you experience any of these symptoms, we will most likely recommend root canal treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp. We begin by removing the injured pulp, and then thoroughly cleaning and sealing the root canal system. This therapy is usually completed in one or two visits, depending on the extent of the treatment required. Success for this type of treatment occurs in about 90% of cases.
We use local anesthesia to eliminate discomfort. Most our patients are able to drive home after treatment and comfortably return to normal activity right away. 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.
What happens after root canal treatment?
When your root canal therapy has been completed, we schedule a follow-up appointment for a final restoration to be placed within a few weeks. Generally, a crown is recommended for a tooth that has has root canal treatment because it protects the tooth from fracture and helps to seal the tooth. It is rare for endodontic patients to experience complications after routine endodontic treatment; however, if a problem does occur, we will be available to evaluate your tooth and proceed as necessary. To prevent further decay, continue to practice good dental hygiene.
How much will root canal treatment 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 its replacement with an artificial tooth.
Do You Have Any Questions Or Concerns About Your Root Canal?
Our caring staff is here to help you if you have any questions.