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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I've been doing a complete restoration on my teeth for many years and your office is by far the best overall that I've ever been to. From the ladies at the front desk, my assistant and the doctor. You made a difference. Thank you

- Rachel W

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I have already recommended your office to several people. It was a very pleasant experience, as much as a root canal can be! Ha!!

- Sharon L

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Every bit of communication with any one in the office was excellent. They are professional, prompt and caring:-) I was a little nervous about my procedure. The assistant and the doctor understood my concerns and acted with great understanding and concern. It is simply remarkable. These things do not happen by accident!

- Ravi R

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I was very impressed that Dr. Aviles could see me so quickly when I was unsure about what was going on in my mouth. The office was professional and friendly and efficient. They quickly assessed the situation and explained what was happening and what needed to be done. I appreciate their attention to the patient.

- Jill C

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Great care!

- Robin H

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Probably the quickest and "cleanest" procedure I have ever had. Without any other reference points I was able to schedule and complete a procedure in one day. I have never had such a good experience

- Matt O

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Everyone in this office is so friendly and very professional! They go out of their way to schedule an appointment that is the best for the patient Dr. Aviles is very personable and the procedure I had was painless

- Laura S

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Ahhhh - last night I slept through the night without needing to get up for medication. While no one wants a root canal, when you need one, you can't wait to have it done. The whole team was kind, courteous, professional and gentle. And quick! Thanks to everyone for my first full night sleep in two weeks!

- Michele P

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I appreciate Dr Aviles and the staff's care and attention to detail and making this a successful experience. Excellent care! I highly recommend Dr Aviles.

- Michael B

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Made a root canal a simple procedure!!! Go here!

- Patrick K

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A highly professional, polite, and talented staff, and an outstanding doctor: as good as it gets! My root canal procedure was so stressless that I was falling asleep and the doctor had to put a block in my mouth!

- Matthew C

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Excellent care and service!

- Eric V

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First time I have ever nodded off during a dental procedure. I knew I was tired, but to be able to actually get a small nap in while having work done speaks volumes to the gentleness and ease of care.

- Brent C

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I came into Dr Aviles' office in a lot of pain. He was extremely patient with me, listened to my needs ( I've had some rather negative experiences in the past with procedures ) he assured me that he'd make sure I was nice and numb ( I'm very difficult to get numb ) before he proceeded to do ANY work. They used the nitrous to get me relaxed first, at my request, He took the time to explain everything he was doing and going to do! He then took his time in making sure I was completely numb before proceeding. He was very soft spoken, gentle, compassionate and caring! In fact, I actually fell asleep for a short period DURING the procedure. That has NEVER happened in all my years of having dental work done. In my opinion, he was a miracle worker! He obviously did something right if I was able to fall asleep! I will most definitely be going back to use his services should I have a need in the future. I VERY HIGHLY recommend Dr Aviles and his staff, and his assistant Danielle was fantastic as well! If you've Ever had issues being anxious or afraid of having Endodontic work done. No more need to be afraid anymore. Please please give his office a call! ~ Very satisfied patient! Chris M

- Chris M

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I had a very good experience with the Doctor and staff. The office is nice and quiet, and everyone is very friendly.

- Danielle B

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I hesitated, but the dental problem caught up with me, so I called Dr. Aviles. Wow, that was one of the best dental experiences I've ever had and I'm old, and seen a lot of dentists. If any issue comes up in the future I won' t waste a minute calling. What a great guy Dr. Aviles is.

- Jim D

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Very gentle and professional

- E M

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Dr. Aviles and his team are top notch. From the warm welcome you get on the phone when you schedule your appointment all the way through to the post-procedure check-up call, they're kind, courteous and professional. I can't say enough good things about this team.

- Tassoula K

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Best experience I have ever had having dental work performed. Although I have had root canal work done before by other dentists, this was by far the most professional, thorough and relatively painless procedure I have ever had.

- Steven B

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Great team, great Doctor, state of the art infrastructure and above all, extremely nice and cordial. I strongly recommend it.

- Persioa A

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