Root Canal Therapy
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. This 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. We 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.
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 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 it cost?
The cost associated with this procedure 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.
Austin Endodontics, LLP
I HATE going to the dentist, but know it's a necessity. And when I was told that I had to have a root canal, I cringed. My dentist referred me to Dr. Galian. And I have to say, that even with my 1st treatment, the office visit was PHENOMENAL!!! I am so happy with Dr. Galian and the staff. They truly made my fears melt away. Totally looking forward to my 2nd treatment....and that is saying something. To the front desk personnel, the assistant and Dr. Galian, THANK YOU. What an experience!!!! Simply Stellar!
- Robyn G
I came in for a root canal. Dr Michael was pleasant, and did a great job. Thank you, Joyce Campbell
- Joyce C
I needed to see an endodontist on short notice after my primary care dentist diagnosed the need for not one but two root canal procedures. I was suffering from severe tooth ache, and my primary care dentist was able to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ganne in less than 1 hour during the busy end-of-year holiday season. The care I received from Dr. Ganne and her assistant Manuel was exceptional. My treatment was completed in 3 visits and I had no issues during recovery. Austin Endodontics was also able to schedule my root canal treatment visits around one of my business trips. It was very reassuring to receive guidance from Dr. Ganne and Manuel on what to expect during my treatment, and to receive care from such skilled professionals. I am very grateful to Dr. Ganne and Manuel, and if any of my family or friends ever needs to see an endodontist I will undoubtedly refer them to Dr. Ganne.
- Marcelo A
Thank you! Great experience. No more pain 🙂
- Jay R