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 for tooth extraction.

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 root canal 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 is usually completed in a single visit. Success for this type of treatment occurs in about 90-95% of cases. If your tooth is not amenable to endodontic treatment or the chance of success is unfavorable, you will be informed and an alternative treatment plan will be discussed. We use powerful local anesthetics to numb the tooth to be worked on.  You should feel no discomfort during your treatment. You will be able to drive home after your treatment.

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

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, unless Dr. Young placed your permanent filling. 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, please contact our office at Grass Valley Office Phone Number 530-272-4254.

How much will it cost?

The cost associated with endodontic treatment varies with the specific procedure being performed, the tooth or teeth being worked on, and the severity of the damage or infection being treated.  We will not begin treatment until you have signed a written financial agreement clearly stating the cost of the procedure.