Root Canal Therapy | Spokane, WA
Inland Endodontics, Dr. Scott J. Starley, DDS, MSD
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, yet technically difficult, 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 of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, or repeated dental procedures. Symptoms of the infection can be identified as visible injury or swelling of the tooth, 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, we can provide nitrous oxide analgesia or oral sedation if you choose.
After Root Canal 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 within a few weeks of completion at our office. Your restorative dentist will decide on what type of restoration is necessary to protect your tooth. It is rare but possible for endodontic patients to experience complications after routine endodontic treatment or microsurgery. If a problem does occur please call our office. To prevent further decay, continue to practice good dental hygiene.
Root Canal 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 less expensive than tooth removal and replacement with an artificial tooth.
Please contact our office at Inland Endodontics Phone Number 509-535-1720 if you have more questions about the cost of Root Canal treatment.