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

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.

 
 

Vaughn Endodontics

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I was so nervous on having this procedure. It was my first time seeing Dr. Vaughn. Dr. Vaughn came in with a welcome smile and told me everything would be ok. I was still a little nervous, but during the procedure my nervousness was going away and was feeling more comfortable with my dental work. Thank you Dr. Vaughn for treating me and making me feel very comfortable during my procedure. FIVE STARS to you! I would definitely recommend my friends and family to your office. Belinda Tello

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The entire team went out of their way to take great care of me and the procedure was as painless as possible. Thanks!

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Interesting to give wonderful feedback on a root canal - but you made it as wonderful an experience as could be!

- Lisa A

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My doctor, Dr Bayat, was amazing. I was in so much pain and he worked gently, constantly checking to see how I was doing and with genuine care, even calling me the next day to make sure I was okay. God bless him and the whole team.

- Annie S

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Dr. Vaughn and his staff were kind and courteous to me and to each other.

- Tracy S

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Dr. Vaughn is so calming & his voice so soothing. Peaceful music playing in the background, too! I actually fell asleep in the chair!

- Debra C

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Surprisingly pleasant experience all the way through. No pain experienced after the procedure either although it would be normal to have some.

- Dawn C

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Dr Aaron Vaughn is an Awesome, Excellent Doctor, I recommend him 100%

- Amparo S

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I was referred to this office for a badly infected tooth due to a broken crown. The staff was so friendly, helpful and professional and made the check-in process flawless! There is no better than Dr. Vaughn at this profession. His level of professionalism can’t be given justice by words on here.

- Ricardo A

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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

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