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.

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 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.

 
 

Lakeside Endodontics

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Highly recommend to any patient. Staff and dentist had excellent bedside manner for my root canal procedure. The atmosphere was very relaxing and my procedure was literally painless (no exaggeration).

- Mary R

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I had an excellent experience with Lakeside Endodontics. The staff was so friendly. They called my insurance prior to the procedure and gave me my out of pocket costs so that there were no surprises. I never had a root canal before. My dentist gave me other Endodontists but they were not in my plan. Dr. Gliksberg was on my plan and he had good reviews so I took a chance and scheduled my procedure with him. Everything went smoothly. He explained the procedure to me and told me how long it would take. I had no pain or discomfort at all during or after the procedure. I highly recommend this office.

- Diana A

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Dr. Gliksberg made my all of my fears of getting a root canal disappear. From start to finish he made me feel at ease. I didn’t even have any discomfort at all, to be honest I didn’t even feel the novocaine shot.

- Christina S

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I am someone who truly avoids the dentist and would rather be in pain than go. It was only after getting an infection that I had to go. By the time I came for the root canal I was full blown terrified. The woman who assisted in the procedure (I apologize but I forgot her name in my terror) was so welcoming. She saw my terror and was very calming. She repeatedly offered, genuinely, to hold my hand if I needed it. She made me so much more comfortable. At the end she told me I did well. Dr. Gliksberg came in and was so calming as well. He talked to me about what would be happening and what to expect. He kept me informed the whole time. And he was true to his word that it would be painless. When I came out to the car my wife asked me if they weren’t able to do the procedure because she couldn’t believe how good I looked. I actually had the root canal several weeks ago but it was such an amazingly easy experience I wanted to be sure to post a review. For anyone who is seriously afraid of dentists, root canals, etc. you need to know 2 things. First, don’t be afraid as you will be fine and feel much better afterwards. Second that is true only if you go see Dr. Gliksberg and his extremely caring staff.

- Susan K

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Dr. Gliksberg and staff were excellent. I had a previous root canal done elsewhere and it was a horrible experience. To the point that I was terrified of getting this root canal done. Dr. Gliksberg listened to my prior experience and put me at ease. He did an excellent painless job and if I ever need the services of an endodontist again I will be sure to give them a call! Thank you Lakeside Endodontics 🙂

- Liz P

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Dr. Gliksberg was extremely gentle! I almost fell asleep in the chair. I would definitely recommend him to anyone who needs a root canal. The staff was very pleasant as well!

- Eileen O

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