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 procedures, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to root canal therapy are discussed.

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.

Eric R. Volk DDS LLC

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Need a root canal!? THIS IS YOUR GUY. Wonderful experience with Dr. Volk and his team. They got me in for an appointment super quickly (next day) to address my tooth pain. I found out I needed a root canal and had never had this procedure done before, so I was really nervous about it. Dr. Volk and his team were extremely friendly and patient with me and all my questions. They explained the procedure thoroughly before starting and checked-in frequently during the procedure to make sure I was doing okay and not experiencing any pain. I experienced ZERO pain during the my procedure and only one VERY minor pinch with the first numbing injection. The following ones were completely painless. Dr. Volk is extremely gentle with his technique, who could have thought a root canal could be COMFORTABLE. This made my first root canal experience a walk in the park! I could tell his team is also very knowledgeable and experienced so things ran very smoothly and I felt confident that I was in good hands. Best experience I have had with dental work ever! If I ever need more dental work like this I would definitely go back to him. Thank you so very much Dr. Volk and team!!! I am so appreciative for the care and compassion that you provided to me.

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Very friendly and professional staff. I appreciate the level of empathy and care they showed from scheduling the appointment and making sure I had a pain free experience! Thank you for being an amazing practice!

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Entire experiences was as painless as could be. Staff and experience were amazing

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This was by far the greatest dental procedure experience I have had in my entire life. Everyone was so friendly and helpful and it was clear that my comfort was their number one priority. I will be recommending this practice to everyone I know.

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The very best root canal experience. I was in pain when I walked in the door, but had such a pleasant experience I was smiling when I left. The waiting room was clean and neat, the staff were professional and warm, and Dr. Volk was exceptional! Hope I don’t need another root canal anytime soon but if I do, I know exactly where I’m coming and without hesitation!

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Easy appointment

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Absolutely wonderful experience!!!!!

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Everyone was great & the procedure was great!

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I would recommend Dr Volk and his team to anyone needing his services. They made me feel welcomed and took great care in explaining each step.

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Absolutely great experience

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Very clear and patient with explanations. Great job making me feel comfortable.

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This was a great experience and the staff and doc made me no longer afraid of root canals!

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Dr. Volk and all of his staff were amazing from start to finish. I highly recommend this practice. Their professionalism and caring attitude will always be remembered.

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The staff is so friendly and makes you feel very comfortable. Would definitely recommend!!!

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I cannot express enough how wonderful this office is. From the front desk staff to the dental assistants to Dr. Volk, everyone is professional and courteous. Dr. Volk is the best there is.

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Great experience for having a root canal!

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- Steve K

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I cannot be more thankful to have such a wonderful experience. I was in a horrible amount of pain and my root canal was done the same day. Post treatment hardly any pain at all.

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