Non Surgical Root Canal

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 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.

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How is a root canal performed?

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 will provide nitrous oxide analgesia if indicated. You will be able to drive home after your treatment, and you probably will be comfortable returning to your normal routine.

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 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 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.

Cahill Dental Care

5 out of 5 stars based on 4 Root Canal reviews

Patient Review from Mike B

AMAZING! I want to say a big Thank You to Dr. Carrie and Barbie. I never thought I would be writing a "root canal" review but here I am and after my experience today I had to leave this review. I was in for a cleaning last week, with Julie who also is AMAZING, and I knew I had a tooth that needed a root canal and crown. I made a follow-up appointment for the end of the month but last night the tooth decided it was ready for the root canal now. So after a very long night with no sleep I made a frantic call this morning at 7am hoping to get in and get some relief. Luckily I was able to get in and get it done today. I am not sure anyone ever looks forward to a root canal but after my experience today I would say if you have to have one Dr. Carrie and Barbie are the ones to go see. As I said to Dr. Carrie when she called tonight to follow-up, they should advertise as "Pain-Free" dentistry. I can say that I never experienced any pain from the process, in-fact it was a total relief. I walked in to the office in pain and walked up pain free, numb but pain free. I am also glad to report that 10 hours later all the numbness has worn off and I am still pain free!!! Dr. Carrie and Barbie you are an amazing team, I was so impressed how well you worked together, how you took the time to explain each part of the process and how you made sure I was comfortable throughout the entire process. I think I may have actually dozed off once or twice during the process!!! If anyone is in the market for a Dentist in the Inver Grove Heights area I would definitely recommend Cahill Dental.

- Mike B

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Patient Review from Linda C

Everyone from the staff at the front desk to the hygenist and the doctor are very friendly and professional. Dr Swingdorff always takes the time to explain the procedure up front. As he works, he gives you updates as to what he's doing which helps considerably with putting the patient at ease. I've been coming here for years and will continue to do so.

- Linda C

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Patient Review from Denise E

Best dental services in town! Friendly staff always make me feel important

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