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 for 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. Katz and Dr. Bonar 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.

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 a 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

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

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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.

 
 

Beachwood Endodontic Specialists

5 out of 5 stars based on 7 Root Canal Therapy reviews.

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

After a very painful situation, Dr. Katz fit me in that very day for a root canal. He was honest about the expectations for the tooth and I knew immediately I was in good hands. He did everything he could to make sure I was not in pain. My dad is a retired dentist and I asked Dr. Katz to explain the situation to him afterwards--he called him right away and talked for 20 minutes. When my current dentist saw the x-rays on what he did, she said she was amazed. He invented a treatment basically to get me out of pain right on the spot for my very unique situation. In the end, I'm going to have to have the tooth pulled (which he said was a distinct possibility) and he's not even charging me for the root canal. This is "old school" values, expertise, and cutting-edge technology all in one place. I would HIGHLY recommend this guy!

- Katie K

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Dr. Katz is extraordinarily kind, gentle, and skilled. He has performed multiple root canals on me, and in every instance, I come away marveling at his expertise and his caring nature. He patiently answers questions and explains what he is doing during the procedure.

- Jeanne S

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Overall great experience

- Brad R

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I wasn't looking forward to this treatment but Dr. Katz and staff made sure I was comfortable and I left the office feeling no discomfort or pain.

- Joe E

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I was very impressed with the calm, caring and respectful approach throughout the office. Everything was explained before it was done, whether by Dr. Katz or his able assistant. I felt no discomfort during the procedure and very minimal discomfort at the injection sites after the anesthetic had worn off. During both check-in and check-out, staff was very professional and helpful.

- Al D

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Everyone was very professional.

- James K

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All good. Thanks for taking care of my problem!

- John C

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