Root Canal Treatment in Salem VA
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 Overview
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.
Illustrations of healthy and inflamed teeth
Illustrated Root Canal procedure
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.
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.
Dental Patient Reviews: Root Canal
Patient Review by Parris T
I felt very nervous getting my root canal done but when I sat down I was comfortable the entire time. I honestly felt like I didn’t even get a root canal done the next day. And the Doctor was amazing!!
- Parris T
Patient Review by Phillip S
Great experience for what I thought would not be horrible event. Every step of the process was explained and I was told what the outcome would be. I would highly recommend Dr Garden and her very capable staff for your dental needs!
- Phillip S
Patient Review by Penny S
Professionals. Best care to save a tooth with a cracked root and infection. Dr. Garden has the masters touch, she and her staff work like a well oiled machine. Any future Endodontic care I will be in her chair.
- Penny S
Patient Review by Pat P
A very positive experience. I have always heard such horror stories about root canals, but my procedure was completely painless. Furthermore, I experienced very little discomfort the rest of the day after the Novocain wore off.
- Pat P
Patient Review by Linda S
I am very anxious whenever I need dental work. Dr. Garden was kind and reassuring. She was gentle and caring.
- Linda S
Patient Review by Randall D
- Randall D
Patient Review by Sonia M
As pleasant a root canal could have been! Dr. called me herself a couple of days later to check on me!
- Sonia M
Patient Review by Jayson F
I’m somewhat of a wuss when it comes to these procedures but the staff put me at ease. I was quite mesmerized at her skill and coordination with her assistant.
- Jayson F
Patient Review by Mary J
Appreciate quick appointment date
- Mary J
Patient Review by Frank S
This was a very good experience from every level of the practice. Everyone did a excellent job in getting my root canal done. Thank you for your help !!!!
- Frank S
Patient Review by Michael C
No pain Excellent care
- Michael C
Patient Review by Ken G
After hearing horror stories about root canals for years, I can say that's not the case here. The staff was pleasant, attentive and professional. Dr. Laura was wonderful. She has a soft touch and before I knew it, it was over and pain free from start to finish.
- Ken G
Patient Review by Raymond S
Everyone was very friendly and Dr. Gardner took the time to answer all my questions and made me feel very comfortable.
- Raymond S
Patient Review by Addison C
Great experience here with all staff!
- Addison C
Patient Review by Rebecca T
This was my very first Root Canal and I was pleased how you and your staff made me feel so much at ease. You told me ahead everything that would happen. The root canal was not that bad at all. Thank you for taking such good care of me during this time.
- Rebecca T
Patient Review by Tara C
Dr. Garden was very personable during the office visits and put me at ease during the procedure. The office staff was efficient in scheduling my appointments and even when I needed to come in last minute.
- Tara C
Patient Review by G G
Excellent professional personal
- G G
Patient Review by John R
This was my 4th or 5th root canal, and it was one of the best and smoothest.
- John R
Patient Review by Ron G
This was an emergency visit as my regular dentist was on vacation ... Very happy I was referred there ...
- Ron G
Patient Review by Judy S
Everyone was so friendly and Dr. Garden explained everything fully
- Judy S