Non Surgical Root Canal

What is a root canal?

Root canal treatment is one of the most common dental procedures performed, with millions performed every year. This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need for extraction and dental implants or bridges.

At the centre of your tooth is a soft pulp which can become infected. The pulp is a collection of blood vessels and nerves that helps to maintain the surrounding tooth and root. The pulp runs through all the roots in a multi-rooted 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 swelling of the gums around the tooth, sensitivity to hot or cold, no feeling of hot or cold, or pain in the tooth and gums.

How is a root canal performed?

If you experience any of these symptoms, Dr. Simonsky may recommend root canal treatment (endodontic therapy) to eliminate the diseased and infected pulp. We use local anaesthesia to numb your tooth and eliminate pain or discomfort during the procedure. In addition. We can provide nitrous oxide analgesia if indicated. This injured pulp is removed and the empty root canals are thoroughly cleaned and sealed. There can be as many as 5 canals in one tooth! This therapy usually involves local anaesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits depending on the complexity of treatment and the number of root canals present in the tooth. In some cases the complexity of the root canal system and other factors may lead Dr. Simonsky to refer you to a root canal specialist to increase the success of your procedure. Success for endodontic treatment occurs in about 90% of cases. If your tooth is not amenable to endodontic treatment or the chance of success is questionable, you will be informed at the time of consultation.  You will be able to drive home after your treatment, and you should be comfortable returning to your normal routine the following day.

What happens after root canal treatment?

Dr. Simonsky will decide on what type of restoration is necessary to protect your tooth. It is rare for endodontic patients to experience severe complications after routine endodontic treatment. Some mild discomfort for a day or two may occur and pain medication and antibiotics may be prescribed by Dr. Simonsky. If a problem does occur, such as swelling or pain that does not resolve in a couple of days, call our office. To prevent further problems, continue to practice good dental hygiene in the area of the treated tooth. Dr. Simonsky will also discuss what type of restoration is necessary to protect your tooth so it does not fracture following root canal treatment. 

How much will root canal treatment cost?

The cost associated with this procedure will vary depending on factors such as the severity of damage to the affected tooth and which tooth is affected. In general, endodontic treatment is less expensive than tooth removal and replacement with an artificial tooth.

But you should realize that following endodontic treatment there will be additional costs depending on what restorative procedure is needed such as a crown or filling.