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

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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.

 
 

Endodontics of Cherry Creek & DTC

5 out of 5 stars based on 6 Root Canal Therapy reviews.

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

I drove ten hours from Oklahoma for Dr. Sachs to provide care and attention to a severe root canal. She was recommended as the best so I made the drive. She and her staff were worth every minute of the drive. Very professional, pain free and great aftercare!

- John O

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From the warm and competent front desk staff, to the more-than-capable dental techs, to Dr. Scott Maloney, everyone at this place was just fabulous. Pain-free root canals? Who knew?? I've had multiple root canals in past years, but Dr. Maloney provided pain-free services! Yes, the shots pinched (for just a second or two), but other than that I everything went well. I'll definitely be going back as the need arises.

- Amy W

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My awful mouth ache led me to look up a specialist for root canals. I chose this location without looking into it, and I am so so so glad I came here. Dr. Morrison, her assistants, and the front desk staff are all so happy and helpful. I called in the morning and they got me in that same day. Once Dr. Morrison saw my situation, she was willing to work on my mouth after the office closed that same day so I didn't have to have one more night in pain. How kind and thoughtful is that?! This is THE place to go if you just need someone to help your awful teeth/tooth pain - I definitely recommend it.

- Christina L

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This is one of those times, where I would gladly give a 6 star rating if I could. I was referred to Dr. Sachs by my dentist. I had major work done by her today, and from my appointment last week and today found her to be top notch! She is very patient centered, and a great communicator! You can tell all the staff has the utmost respect for her as well. All around a really pleasant experience. This is the Dr. to see if you have had bad experiences in the past

- Eric M

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Excellent overall! If you ever need endodontal work, you may as well ask for the best! I would recommend this practice to friends and family.

- Jack R

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This was my first visit at Endodontics of Cherry Creek & DTC and I can't express enough how wonderful it was. Dr. Morrison was so sweet and made sure I was comfortable the whole time. We talked, laughed and had so much in common! It was like hanging out with a friend. If you ever need a root canal that isn't scary, you need to see Dr. Morrison. She was the best! Thank you so much Dr. Morrison, I'll be referring all my family and friends to you!

- Chelsea B

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