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
My visit was a referal from my general dentist which I have extreme confidence in. I am retired now but have been in the dental industry for over 40 years and have met and worked with many dentists during my career. I can honestly say I am happy my general dentist refered me here. The office team is extremely warm and accommodating. They are very efficient and informative as to the procedure making sure that I had all the informaton about the appointment and the procedure. The doctor and assistant took the time to explain everything to me and were so gentle I could have taken a nap. From someone that knows the dental industry well and has worked within it I can recommend this office highly. If there were more than 5 stars available I would add them. Very highly recommend this office!
- Tim M
Three words say it all: Caring. Calm. Competent. All at the highest level. Every team member provided unparalleled services and expertise. The atmosphere is calming from start to finish. Pain management exceptional. I cannot recommend Dr. Aviles and his team enough.
- Kimberly J
I highly recommend A. Luis Avilés, DDS. Excellent, top notch operation on every level. Very impressed.
- BRUCE C
I have had two root canals in the passed and this one was by far the most professional of the three. Thank you
- Donald H
Very pleased with the visit.
- KAREN F
I feel grateful to Dr. Aviles. The academic and professional honors, awards, and recognition Dr. Aviles has received and continues to receive in his more than two decades of practice in his demanding specialty are fully merited -- absolutely so well deserved! Dr. Aviles is the consummate professional, and his expertise is supported by the most advanced imaging equipment available as well as by an office that operates in an equally competent and reliable manner. I always felt safe with him. He patiently and fully explained to me my diagnosis and the basis for his recommendation. He checked on my comfort throughout my lengthy procedure and in days thereafter. I really am in awe of his microsurgery skills and the unique care he delivers. As a result of the thoughtful care I received, I have complete trust in him. Should I ever need any type of endodontic treatment in the future (heaven forbid!), I would fly across the country to keep an appointment with this exceptional provider.
- Barbara A
- Clayton S
Very organized. Well planned. Well-coordinated procedure
- Subramanya B
I have been a patient of Dr Aviles for many years now, and would not consider going anywhere else for my care. Dr Aviles, and his team, is highly professional and I have always received top class care from being to end.
- Debora S
Dr. Aviles and staff provided excellent treatment, care and support over a significant time period in dealing with diverse tooth problems. I give them my highest recommendation!
- Gail D
My experience was about as wonderful as I could have possibly expected. I will definitely return, if needed.
- Sandy S
I have nothing but great things to say about you all. You all rock as a team, and Dr. Aviles is fantastic at what he does. Thank you all for your amazing work 🙂
- Simon C
Dr Aviles and staff are simply the best for root canal therapy!
- L H
My root canal went super smoothly and I had no pain during or after the procedure. The doctor and staff were very gentle and very professional.
- Robin M
Amazing doctor. Zero pain during or after procedure. Very friendly env.
- Maxim K
It was a positive experience. There have been no issues after the procedure. I felt in good hands and was impressed with the value of the modern computer tools that were used to diagnose the situation that caused me so much pain.
- Peter V
Dr. Aviles is not only a great dentist but a very nice person. He does seem to actually care about you. The Root canal was over before I knew it and pretty near pain free. I will only see Dr. Aviles from now on.
- Keith S
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