Root Canal Treatment

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. Root canal 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. Dr. Garden uses 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 a root canal cost?

The cost associated with root canals 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.

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Dr Garden and her staff are fabulous! Very courteous, professional, friendly but most of all knowledgable. Dr Garden is extremely thorough in both her explanations and care to her patients. I am grateful for her and her staffs assistance. I will definitely recommend her to others.

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The doctor explained everything that was going to happen and checked to see that I was doing OK. I would recommend her to anyone seeking treatment.

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Good experience and fast resolution of a painful problem.

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Dr. Garden and her staff are excellent. I would highly recommend Roanoke Endodontics.

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Excellent endodontic care and treatment. Dr. Garden explained everything as we went through the procedure. She ensured the comfort and well-being of me as a patient, and answered all my questions. I am extremely well pleased and will recommend this practice to anyone in need of this specialized dental care.

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May I add more stars !! I was in a moderate amount of pain , which has now eased . I am due to follow up in 2 weeks to complete the procedure / reevaluate . After this first visit , I am not the least anxious about returning !

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Dr. Garden was wonderful, extremely knowledgeable, and explained things at my level of understanding. She was extremely patient, kind, and caring. I can not say enough good things about Dr. Garden and her staff. I highly recommend Dr. Garden.

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2 visits barely any pain, feels and smells alot better! Dr. Laura T. Garden did fantastic!

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I was so impressed with the courteous interactions of the staff and Dr. Garden. In this day and time when good manners are not the norm, I witnessed Dr. Garden thanking her assistant throughout my procedure as she was handing her instruments, etc. I must commend Dr. Garden for naturally setting the friendly and courteous tone of her office which was reflected by her entire staff. Thank you for making my appointment today easy and comfortable. I have already recommended Dr. Garden to friends. 5-star rating in all areas of my visit!

- Sally G

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Very professional. I am thankful to the dentist that recommended her.

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Doctor very knowledgeable and kind

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Excellent care and treatment with these folks. I am very grateful for their help.

- Dianna B

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I would like to thank Dr. Gardner for the explanation of the procedure and the options available. A pleasant experience under the circumstances.

- Christopher S

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Dr Garner and her staff were respectful of my feelings. They patiently listened to my nervous talking. I think they knew it helped me be less anxious. Their support made a root canal less scary. I will definitely recommend Dr. Garner to anyone who needs to have a root canal.

- Deborah I

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Dr. Garden and her staff were very attentive and took great care of me!

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Dr. Garden and her assistant did a great job! Receptionist was friendly and professional -- they were able to move my appointment up not once but twice. Overall - not an experience I hope to have to repeat, however if I do I'll return here. Thanks!

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