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.
Are You in Need of Excellent Dental Care?
Drs. Katz & Bonar provide the finest endodontic care possible in a friendly, comfortable environment.
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.
What happens after Root Canal 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.
Related links for Root Canal Treatment
- Read our Home Care Instructions for after Root Canal Treatment
- Read our Endodontic FAQ’s for after completion of Endodontic Treatment
Beachwood Endodontic Specialists
Patient Review by James F
Very impressed with the care I received. Dr. Katz has been around the block a time or two and it shows with his excellent care and of course being gentle. It's Drill baby Drill but it's done with extreme care. I'd go back to him again and again!
- James F
Patient Review by Wright P
Dr. Katz did an excellent job of explaining what he was doing.
- Wright P
Patient Review by Correne M
Dr. Katz was exceptional. He was very quick and thorough. The experience was way better than I thought it was going to be. Very pleased.
- Correne M
Patient Review by Matt P
Great experience as root canals go. Nice facility, friendly staff, painless procedure.
- Matt P
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Patient Review by Marla E
I would recommend this doctor to everyone.
- Marla E
Patient Review by William C
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Patient Review by Katie K
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
Patient Review by Jeanne S
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
Patient Review by Brad R
Overall great experience
- Brad R
Patient Review by Joe E
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
Patient Review by Al D
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
Patient Review by James K
Everyone was very professional.
- James K
Patient Review by John C
All good. Thanks for taking care of my problem!
- John C