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.

Endodontic Presentation

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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tooth after endodontic treatmentWhat 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

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Great environment - very professional and friendly

- Robin d

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Dr. Aviles was very gentle. So gentle, I dozed off a few times. During the dreaded root canal, I dozed! I was told by the assistant, she would hold my hand if need be. Since I was dozing, I was unaware if I needed my hand held. From the front desk to all those I spoke to in the office, my overall visit was great. That reflects directly to Dr. Aviles. Thank you so much, Nereus

- Nereus W

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They got me in for my root canal on short notice and did a great job. It was an attractive office with a wonderful, friendly staff. Dr. Aviles is very nice and his work was professionally done. I highly recommend them.

- Marcia P

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El personal que trabaja con el Dr. Aviles tiene un trato excelente para con los pacientes. El compromiso y el profesionalismo del Dr Aviles es inigualable, lo recomiendo al 100%

- Laura G

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Dr Aviles was great. His priority was getting the correct procedure done if needed. In my case a root canal was not needed at the time, he let me know that and did a great job explaining why and what to look for in the future. As someone with numerous dental issues (and occasionally dentist issues), I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone looking for root canal work. Best experience I've had in a long time.

- Damon S

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I would highly recommend Dr. Aviles for dental treatment. He and his entire office staff are professional, caring and very kind.

- Patty P

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Great experience-got in right away in emergency situation.Amazing care/no pain and full resolution of system

- Antony E

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I have been to many dentists in the last 60 years. This is my second root canal. I don't believe that you can find a more proficient dentist with excellent bedside manner. I give Dr. Aviles an A+++ (which is the highest marks possible.)

- Sally R

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It is with great pleasure to write this endorsement of Dr. Aviles and his whole office staff. They couldn't be more sincere and genuinely interested in the patient. Everyone without exception makes the patient feel comfortable while waiting to be seen by Dr. Aviles.

- Ron P

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I love Dr. A. Anytime my Dentist refers me to Dr A, I know I'll be taken care of. Dr A does everything he can to ensure I'm comfortable during the most extreme procedures. He even spent 6 separate visits trying to fix a tooth that had been neglected by other dentists for years, but he only charged me for 1 visit (sans nitrous, of course). I can't thank Dr. A Enough!!!

- Joseph A

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i had an emergency while traveling from san francisco to europe with a stop in seattle. i needed emergency dental work as i expierenced extreme pain. Dr Aviles was able to do the root canal and i continued on my trip with no complications. i did return for follow up and to complete the procedures. i had no problems after that and the doctor and staff were very helpful and hospitable. i highly recommend Dr Aviles and am totally happy with the quality of work

- Grady G

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Wonderful

- Veronique H

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Best experience I ever had with any dentists

- Stephan S

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I had great service and would recommend the Dr. to anyone.

- Li L

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I have been extremely "afraid" to go to dentists every since some bad experiences as a child with one. The situation with my bridgework needing repaired forced me to go in and have work done. 🙂 Your staff were all very friendly and reassuring and I was put at ease having the work done. I would definitely recommend Dr. Aviles and your clinic to family and friends. Thanks so much for helping in the process to get my teeth back to normal!

- Tina A

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Dr. Aviles is a wonderful person and a very good practitioner. I felt at ease the first time I visited his office. I had two procedures done and both were without any problems. His assistant was always helpful, friendly and kind. Overall an very good experience.

- Paul P

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EXCELLENT SERVICE

- SID A

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Dr Aviles has been very considerate and professional. I feel that his work is thorough and of the highest quality.

- Lee F

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