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 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 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.

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 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.

Capital District Endodontics, PC

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Dr. Berls was kind, patient, and efficient. I would very highly recommend him. His staff were friendly as well. Overall, a wonderful experience for something that otherwise could've been anxiety provoking.

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Excellent experience. Would highly recommend dr. Berls.

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Fabulous experience, highly recommended!

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I recommended this office to anyone. Professional, highly competent and friendly.

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professional, friendly and accommodating staff. I particularly was impressed with the television on the wall in the exam room that I could watch part of the time and listen to during the actual procedure-hgtv!

- Kathy m

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Fantastic experience no pain no problem Alexa and Susie made me feel comfortable

- Mark r

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Very pleased. Procedure went MUCH smoother than anticipated. Thank you!

- Mary F

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Very favorable on all counts, from Janice to Dr. Berls. Highly recommend

- Kathleen c

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I have had several root canals in the past but this one was by far the least painful. I am glad my dentist referred me to this practice.

- Linda S

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Great experience

- Thomas F

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Everything was great.

- Corey B

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I had my first ever root canal and was very anxious. Dr. Berls immediately put me at ease with his chair side manner. The procedure was totally painless, quicker than I anticipated, and nothing like what I had imagined. The assistants were personable and caring and I will return in a heartbeat if I need another root canal in the future. Thanks to Dr. Berls and staff for the outstanding care!!

- Kathy C

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