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.
Having trouble? Please make sure you have the latest version of the Flash browser plugin in order to correctly view this presentation. This software is available as a free download.
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
Dr Aviles made a potentially unpleasant procedure pleasant. I highly recommend him. Thanks so much!
- Jill A
Friendly and professional staff. Doctor Aviles is gentle and caring. He has a gift for relaxing patients.
- Cherie B
The doctor is very efficient, explains procedures in detail, allows time for questions and is very accommodation and understanding. Very caring, cheerful, patient and attentive staff. Love the free lip balm.
- Janerose W
I always recommend Dr. Aviles and his office to anyone who is looking for root canal therapy.
Excellent, courteous and professional service.
- Rick D
Very comfortable experience overall. Excellent follow-up.
- Brian G
Could not have been a better experience!
- Donald P
Always quality care
- Stephen J
I love Dr. Aviles and his staff! He is super gentle and attentive. I will absolutely recommend (and have done so on several occasions) Dr. Aviles to anyone!
- Leon B
I'll be back for my next root canal!
- Alex M
This was my first root canal procedure. I had friends tell me their root canal horror stories. I was pretty worried. It turned out to be no big deal. Maybe I got lucky. I would recommend Dr. Aviles and his team. I thought they were very professional.
I came across your office after being referred from another endodontist who had a tight schedule on the day I desperately needed someone to help me with the pain in my mouth. Maria was beyond accommodating for me, and it was likely a combination of her intuition and happy fate that a spot opened up due to a cancellation for me to see Dr. Aviles and have the root canal that day. I am feeling barely any pain and after months of having to baby the problematic tooth when I had hot or cold foods, I was able to brush my teeth and rinse without a second thought this morning! I'm so happy to have found you - thank you so much!!
- April C
My first root canal. I was a bit anxious leading up the the procedure but Dr. Aviles and staff made me feel relaxed. Dr. Aviles did a great job explaining the procedure and kept me informed as to his progress during the procedure. It was painless and although getting a root canal is not my idea of fun, it certainly was uneventful. Thanks Dr. Aviles!
- Torri H
Dr. Aviles is the top Endodontist in the Bellevue/Seattle Metro area. He combines the latest technologies with his professional expertise to create a patient experience that is truly remarkable. His staff is welcoming, professional, calming and gracious. His office environment is 5 stars. He was incredibly thorough in explaining my procedures and I always felt safe and relaxed. When you need a dental specialist, Dr. Aviles should be your first choice.
- Michael H
Would recommend to anyone. Professional and caring staff.
- Rebeckah F
- Lawrence C
the fastest needle in the west
- Rene R
Experience was great the first time and it was the same this time.
- Robert B
They were all very kind and friendly. I had no waiting time on the 3 visits I was there. I had 2 root canals done through crowns and they did a fabulous job. I was comfortable and found Dr. Aviles and his staff to be very skilled, competent and friendly.
- R S
I will recommend Dr Aviles to anyone I know in need of his services.
- Gretchen G