Root Canal Therapy in Pasadena

When the pulpof a tooth dies or becomes infected, root canal therapy saves the tooth andprevents the infection from spreading. Infection most often occurs whenbacteria enters into the pulp through a deep cavity that penetrates the enameland dentin. Contrary to common stereotypes, root canals performed at PasadenaDentistry are gentle and pain-free. 

What is a root canal?

A root canalis one of the most common dental procedures performed, well over 14 millionevery year. This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent theneed of dental implants or bridges.

At the centerof your tooth is pulp. Pulp is a collection of blood vessels that helps tobuild the surrounding tooth. Infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma tothe tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, or repeated dental procedures.Symptoms of the infection can be identified as visible injury or swelling ofthe tooth, sensitivity to temperature or pain in the tooth and gums.

How is a root canal performed?

If youexperience any of these symptoms, your dentist will most likely recommendnon-surgical treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp. This injured pulp isremoved and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. Thistherapy usually involves local anesthesia and may be completed in one or morevisits depending on the treatment required. Success for this type of treatmentoccurs in about 90% of cases. If your tooth is not amenable to endodontictreatment or the chance of success is unfavorable, you will be informed at thetime of consultation or when a complication becomes evident during or aftertreatment. We use local anesthesia to eliminate discomfort. In addition, wewill provide nitrous oxide analgesia if indicated. You will be able to drive homeafter your treatment, and you probably will be comfortable returning to yournormal routine.

What happens after treatment?

When yourroot canal therapy has been completed, a record of your treatment will be sentto your restorative dentist. You should contact their office for a follow-uprestoration within a few weeks of completion at our office. Your restorativedentist will decide on what type of restoration is necessary to protect yourtooth. It is rare for endodontic patients to experience complications afterroutine endodontic treatment or microsurgery. If a problem does occur, however,we are available at all times to respond. To prevent further decay, continue topractice good dental hygiene.

How much will it cost?

The costassociated with this procedure can vary depending on factors such as theseverity of damage to the affected tooth and which tooth is affected. Ingeneral, endodontic treatment is much less expensive than tooth removal andreplacement with an artificial tooth.