Fallsgrove Endodontics
Practice Limited to Endodontics and Endodontic Microsurgery

Practice Limited to Endodontics and Endodontic Microsurgery

Root Canal Facts

Root canal treatment is needed when the pulp (the soft tissue inside the tooth) becomes inflamed or infected as a result of injury, deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, or a cracked or chipped tooth.

* Most patients who have had a root canal performed by an endodontist describe the procedure as virtually painless.

* Eighty-five percent of patients who have had a root canal performed by an endodontist would return to an endodontist for future work.

* Between 1990 and 1999, the number of root canals performed in the United States increased by 13 percent to nearly 16 million.

* Root canals performed by endodontists are a better and common alternative to tooth extraction.

* When performing a root canal, an endodontist removes inflamed or infected pulp, carefully cleans and shapes the inside of the canal (a channel inside the root), and fills and seals the space.

* After performing the procedure, the endodontist returns the patient to a general dentist to have a crown placed or other restorative work performed.

* After restoration, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth.