Root Canal Treatment

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. Root canal 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. Dr. Day uses 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.

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 an 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

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 a root canal cost?

The cost associated with root canals 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.

Jamie M. Day, DDS, MS, PLLC

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Dr. Day made me feel very calm and comfortable during my visit. She was very informative about what was happening throughout my entire procedure.Her and her entire staff is organized, kind, and inviting! They worked well with my schedule and was able to schedule me in when needed. I 100% recommend Dr. Day and her office.

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Everyone was amazing thank you sooooo much for your help

- Chrissa F

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Dr. Day made me feel very comfortable during my visit. She was both professional and informative. Her staff is kind, inviting, and well organized. I recommend her services to anyone in need of a root canal.

- Jodie S

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Dr. Day does an excellent job of explaining what needs to be done and making you feel at ease. All the staff is courteous and helpful in all aspects of the process. I do not hesitate recommending her services.

- Lori C

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I have had several root canals done at Dr Days office and each experience has been fast and pain free. The staff is very friendly and always trying to accommodate your every need. There is usually a short wait to get an appointment and I have referred several of my friends to Dr Days office and they have had the same pleasant experience as I have.

- Amy B

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I have dental anxiety but have had 2 procedures done there without any problems! Calm environment, great staff!

- Shelia P

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Dr. Day and her entire staff were caring and compassionate. I would highly recommend this office!

- Jeanette L

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This office and this staff make the root canal experience as comfortable as possible.

- Amanda H

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I would highly recommend Dr. Day! Her staff is kind, caring, and friendly. Dr. Day is great at what she does. She was able to help me in a timely manner and made me feel comfortable the entire time I was in her office. I highly recommend Dr. Day!

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