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

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 90% 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.

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.

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Dr. Tangredi performed very careful diagnosis to be sure he was treating the correct tooth (which turned out to be different from the one my referring dentist had suspected was at fault). The doctor and staff (and background music) provided a calm environment that helped put me at ease. And, the root canal procedure itself was pain-free. I was further impressed when I received a follow up call to see how I was feeling after the procedure. Overall, a very caring and professional dental practice.

- Thomas T

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On behalf of my father, I want to thank Dr. Matthew Tangredi and his staff for an awesome experience. My father needed a root canal of his lower from tooth. Being anxious about his previous dental experience, he pushed off his treatment until he was experiencing pain from his tooth. He said his procedure was quick and painless. He couldn't say enough about Dr. Tangredi's gentleness and competence, along with his kind staff. I will recommend Dr. Tangredi and his staff to all my family and friends.

- Dave L

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Incredible experience! I cannot thank each of the members of the staff and both doctors for helping to make this process a great one! Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!!

- Tracey S

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Very pleasant environment. Puts the patient at ease and makes the procedure as smooth as possible.

- Michelle R

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I had a painful tooth. They saw me immediately. Pain is gone. Very happy!

- Denise D

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