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/Inflammation of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, or repeated dental procedures. Symptoms of the infection/inflammation can include swelling, 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, nitrous oxide analgesia is available, 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.
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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 immediately after completion of treatment 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.
A. Luis Avilés, DDS, Endodontics
Thankyou I practiced dentistry in Bellevue for forty years, taught at U of W dental school parttime 20 years, and was very active in continuing education groups. Dr Aviles defines excellence and staff also . He is my wife Jane and my Endodontist !!
- sherman ely
Overall very impressed with everyone on the staff. I felt welcomed and comfortable. I was also well informed.
- Michael B
You all did an excellent jpb
- Jane E
I went to Dr. Aviles to work on several teeth for root canals. Each time the front staff was so helpful and friendly. Ardith, Dr. Aviles assistant, put me at ease before each procedure and Dr Aviles did an excellent job on both teeth. I would absolutely refer friends and family to their team. He came highly recommended by two separate dentists!
- Tari J
Dr. Aviles is excellent with a very calm demeanor and his staff is friendly and efficient with a genuine regard for their patients. Overall I experienced a positive outcome with minimal pain and discomfort and would definitely recommend his services.
- Sheryl B
- Scott L
Dr. Aviles was amazing along with his assistant. I had the best experience getting my root canal. The staff is excellent
- Nazaret G
Dr Aviles has created and maintained an endodontic practice that puts a patient at ease the moment they walk through the door with its decor and lighting. The entire staff is friendly, gracious, professional, and compassionate. Dr Aviles gentle manner and clear communication throughout the process and followup speaks volumes about his patient care. I highly recommend Dr Luis Aviles and his staff!
- sandy c
Dr. Aviles and team are world class. Some of the best care I have ever received...and I have received a lot. Good people!
- Chris S
Not that anyone wants to have to go in for this kind of care, but Dr. Aviles and his staff are the best of the best and took the most amazing care of me. Everything was explained so well, everyone was efficient but also caring. I would recommend seeing Dr. Aviles should you need the care of a wonderful endodontist!
- Kristi B
I am a repeat patient with Dr. Aviles. I am always happy with his care; he is kind, professional, and provides detailed information about the procedure so I know what to expect in treatment. I appreciate the care and efficiency of the team he works with, as well. My visit was as pleasant as it could be for having a root canal.
- Nancy M
The entire staff working with Dr. Aviles is, simply put, terrific! People have said they would rather do anything than have a root canal done. No one wants a root canal but when it happens Dr. Aviles almost makes it pleasant because of the professional attitude and the genuine concern he exhibits during the procedure. I have had more than one procedure and each time it has been flawless. It is weird to associate the word "pleasant" with having a root canal but it is pretty much accurate when it comes to Dr Aviles and team. Thank you
- Terry H
Everyone was very helpful and courteous. It made me feel better about coming to the dentist.
- Healy L
The most amazing service. They take such great care of their patients and I love the take home pouches.
- Brigitt R
Very easy to get an appt
- Barbara C
Easiest root Canal that I've ever had. Great team of people.
- Jay K
It was an excellent overall experience. Very friendly and competent staff. Dr. Aviles has a very knowledgeable and gentle approach. Definitely a five star dental experience.
- Neil H
Was a pleasant experience. Dr. Aviles and the staff were so kind and compassionate. I was very nervous for the root canal, but everyone was so caring during the process and I felt no pain at all. Highly recommend!
- Melissa R
I never thought having a root canal would be an enjoyable experience but the friendly staff and Dr.Avile's made this whole experience seamless and pain free. Ardith was assisting Dr. Avile's during my appointment, and she was incredible. Great sense of humor and personality which completely put me at ease during the procedure. She was also spot-on in assisting the Dr. during my procedure. They worked extremely well as a team which means less time in the chair! I am a soon to be 56 year old male who has had a few bad experiences in the dental profession. You will not find that here. My recommendation would be for anyone to go here. You will be glad you did just like I am.
- JP M
I wanted to thank you, the staff was very nice and you were incredible - I have never gone to a dentist that I didn't feel the needle - you made my experience amazing. Thank you so much - after I left you, I went to Dr Svino and then to the surgent - you all have been great Thank you so much Edie Rowe-Rossland
- Edie R