What is a root canal?

Root canal, or endodontic, treatment preserves a tooth in which the inner pulp has been damaged by injury or infection. Root canal treatment is one of the most common dental procedures performed, over 14 million treatments every year, and has a 90 - 95% success rate.

After the tooth is anesthetized, the diseased tissue is removed from the root and the canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. The treatment is usually completed in one or two visits, and the appointments typically last from one to two hours. Despite common perceptions, root canal treatment is usually painless.

If your tooth is not amenable to endodontic treatment, or the chance of success is not favorable, Dr. Heitman will inform you at the time of consultation or whenever a complication becomes evident.

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