Root Canal Treatment

What is a root canal?

A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed, with well over 14 million completed 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 soft tissue called the pulp. The pulp is a collection of nerves, blood vessels, and lymphatics that help 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. Volk uses local anesthesia to eliminate discomfort.

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

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 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.

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Everyone in the office was fantastic! I called and was able to get an appointment for the same day for a root canal. Melissa was so sweet and helpful on the phone and checking me in when I arrived. Brittany was just as great getting me ready for my procedure and helping Dr. Volk. Dr. Volk did a fantastic job, it was painless and my mouth felt instantly better. I had to return a week later for follow up and again, everyone was super nice and this time Chelsea assisted Dr. Volk and she was just as great as Brittany the week prior. I will definitely recommend this office to anyone needing services Dr. Volk provides.

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I expected the worse. I didn’t feel a pinch through the whole procedure. I would grade everything an A plus

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If you want the best care with highly a highly skilled staff then come see Dr. Volk. As someone who has anxiety surrounding dental procedures, I have never had anything but wonderful experiences here.

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Very professional and courteous staff. Loved the office

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Compassionate and highly skilled staff. Dr. Volk is the best endodontist. I was made as comfortable as possible during root canal procedure. I was so relaxed I almost fell asleep!

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I’m very anxious when seeing a dentist! The staff and Dr. Volk are very understanding and patient with me. I feel respected and appreciate this greatly.

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I was very nervous and anxious about having a root canal done. I couldn’t have asked for a better doctor, or more friendly staff. I felt almost nothing during my procedure, to the point I almost fell asleep. Thank you for making this experience less scary than I originally thought it would be.

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