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. 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 procedures, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to root canal therapy are discussed.

What happens after treatment?

tooth after endodontic 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 and your insurance. In general, endodontic treatment is much less expensive than tooth removal and replacement with an artificial tooth.

Contemporary Endodontics, Saju George D.M.D

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This was my first root canal experience and it could not have been more pleasant. Dr. George explained the problem and procedure every step of the way. He is careful, kind, professional, and did an excellent job. Aside from Dr. George's great skill as an endontist, he made the whole experience pleasant and pretty pain free. His staff is top notch too. Hope I never need another root canal but if I do I will be backin Dr. George's chair.

- Beth L

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Josie, the reception, is “on the ball.” She took care of calling my insurance to get the most coverage possible. After I paid the bill, I even got a a quarter of the money back in a check

- Kim P

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I would highly recommend Dr. George and his professional staff - Lizzy and Lija to anyone! In fact, I have already told some of my colleagues that if they ever need a root canal - I know just the right Doctor to send them too! Thank you all for your outstanding customer service and professional manner! If I ever need root canal work again - I'll be definitely be back to see you. You treated me like family and I appreciate it. Gratefully, Meg

- Meg F

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I recently had a visit to see Dr. Geroge for the possible root canal treatment. The staff is very organized, they collected my medical records/insurance information ahead of my arrival to the office. The visit was very organic. They were expecting me at certain time and they made sure, no other patient was present in the office at that time, due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. The office was very clean and immediately I felt comfortable to be there. Dr. evaluated my condition with various tests and x-rays. He concluded that my jaw pain is not related to the Root Canal and therefore it was not necessary to perform the relevant treatment. He concluded I have no infection in the Root canal, and provided additional recommendations on what needs to be done for my Jaw pain. I am very pleased with my visit. Yes I will recommencement to others and will return here.

- Shilpa K

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