Root Canal Treatment

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.

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. Root canal 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. Dr. Bishop uses 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.

An example of a healthy tooth
Healthy Tooth
A tooth anatomy diagram highlighting pulp dentin and canal
Tooth Anatomy
A visual of tooth inflammation showing tooth decay and a inflamed pulp
Inflammation
A representation of a tooth with its canals cleaned
Cleaned Canals
An illustration of root canal filling of a tooth
Filling Placed
An example of a tooth healed by root canal therapy
Healed Tooth

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.

Endodontic Presentation

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 a root canal cost?

The cost associated with root canals 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.

 
 

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I was a little uneasy before I arrived at the office but, within minutes, I felt at ease and had nothing to be concerned about. Dr. Bishop and his associates were very friendly as well as I felt they had an excellent knowledge of their job as they aided Dr. Bishop. He explained all he planned to do which gave me a pretty good knowledge of what his plan was for me. I was never in any pain and felt very relaxed. Dr. Bishop, you are A no.1 in my estimation. Thank you for the excellent job you did taking care of my problem.

- Betty B

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Dr. Bishop is very knowledgeable. He explained everything to me before the root canal and the best part was it didn’t hurt at all! One quick shot and I didn’t feel anything. The staff is so nice and friendly. Definitely recommend Dr. Bishop if you need a root canal.

- Lee H

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I was able to get an appointment quickly and the whole experience was very comfortable. Dr Bishop was great!

- Lindsey L

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Many thanks to Dr. Bishop and his staff. From the first visit to the completion of my root canal, treatment was A++. Will definitely highly recommend this practice.

- Patricia E

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I was scared to get a root canal but Dr. Bishop was great. It was just like getting a regular filling. A great experience. The staff was nice too and very helpful. I will definitely come back here if I ever need another one.

- Hank H

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Dr. Bishop did my root canal and it was so easy! He is patient and gentle and put me totally at ease. I highly recommend this office.

- Patrice H

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Thank goodness for Dr. Bishop and his staff! They got me in quickly, got me out of pain, and helped me with my insurance to pay for it. Highly recommend!

- Megsn H

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Dr. Bishop and his staff were so kind and helpful. I had always heard root canals were awful, but not here. Dr. Bishop was patient and gentle. I didn’t feel a thing. If you need a root canal, this is the place.

- Erin S

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Awesome experience! Dr. Bishop is so kind and personable, and takes the time to thoroughly explain everything. No pain at all during the root canal procedure, friendly staff, and follow up the next day to see how I was doing! Super professional, definitely recommend Dr. Bishop!

- Jessica J

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Dr. Bishop and his staff were very professional and friendly at each of my visits. The procedures went very well and I have already recommended Dr. Bishop and his capable staff to my friends and family, and know where I will come for any further advanced dental procedures.

- Mary E

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Dr. Bishop made my experience of having a root canal as enjoyable as possible. Very kind and gentle. Willing to take extra time with you if needed. Would definitely recommend Dr. Bishop.

- Joyce B

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Would highly recommend Dr. Bishop and his staff. Trust his ability and advice. Very welcoming atmosphere.

- Jan C

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Dr Bishop makes you feel at ease. Very professional and polite. He does an excellent job. I would recommend him to anyone. Thanks Dr Bishop

- Sharon T

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Great service and pretty much painless!! Great doctor and staff!!

- Rebecca S

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Awesome staff, office and care. From start to finish, this was an easy appointment. Dr. Bishop went above and beyond in the care I received at the office and after hours when he called to check on me. If I ever need another Root Canal, I will be going to see Dr. Bishop.

- Matt B

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