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.
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.
I was referred to this office in reference to a root canal retreat. The root canal that was done 8 years ago was not done properly and the canal was infected. Dr. Vaughn was slightly concerned that he may not be able to save the tooth so my other route would have been to extract it. Considering my age, I wasn't ready to start losing my teeth. I requested to continue with the root canal retreat, and thank God I did! Dr. Vaughn performed the root canal and was able to drain the abscess without fault. I felt very little discomfort one time during the entire procedure! After the nightmares I have had with endodontic procedures, this office has certainly taught me to be afraid no more! What an amazing experience during a rough time!
- Marcie B
Dr. Vaugh and his staff are wonderful. My whole experience was great considering I was there having a root canal done. Dr. Vaugh made sure I was comfortable at all times and I never had any discomfort through the whole procedure. I will definitely go back again if his services are needed. I highly recommend him to all my family and friends. He is the best!
- Pam D
I had two very complicated dental problems and Dr Mulko explained exactly what had to be done and then proceeded to do the work on me totally pain free from start to finish. Her ability is unlimited and her patient care is outstanding. I would definitely recommend her over anybody else I know to do this kind of work.
- James F
Dont waste your energy being afraid, that is the worst you will go through
- karen t
Wonderful office & staff! I highly recommend Vaughn Endodontics. They were ready for me as soon as I checked in at the front desk for my procedure. Mimi, the dental assistant, was very thorough in reviewing my complaint regarding my tooth. She even grabbed me a nice, clean, warm blanket to wrap around my legs during the procedure since it was cold in the doctor's office. I had been having pain for months on a tooth I unknowingly cracked. I am so grateful for Dr. Vaughn and his staff because I am no longer having any pain! This is the first time in like 4 months I have been able to eat comfortably on the left side of my mouth. In fact, I can't believe I waited so long for this procedure because I was in and out of there in about one hour...talk about a breeze! Dr. Mulko also speaks fluent Spanish. She actually did my first root canal on a different tooth at their office in West San Antonio about 6 months ago. She is very knowledgeable about what she does and also has good bedside manner. Jeannine M.
- Jeannine M
I have never had a painless injection before until today. Dr. Vaughn is super nice and caring. His assistant was just as nice. I already have recommended him to a few of my relatives. I'll be going back in two weeks to finish up my treatment. I am so thankful I found him! 2/29/16
- Angel B
It was a great experience, everybody was so patient and sweet. I was so nervous, but they eased my mind and made it a great experience.
- Doris A
Really Awesome Service! Dr. Vaughn is the best!
- Angel B
Dr. Mulko made me feel extremely comfortable during my root canal procedure. In the past during dental procedures the doctor would have to give me more anesthesia, but not today. This was the best visit I've ever had at a dental office. Thank you so much Dr. Mulko - You Rock!
- Colleen S
Extremely professional. Excellent staff. Virtually painless.
- Kenneth H