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. Milne 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 an 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 procedures, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to root canal therapy 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.

 
 

Hudson Valley Endodontics

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When in for the treatment, which was laborious, he completed the 3 roots in good time being diligent and careful. At end he showed me the final x-ray which was expertly and painlessly accomplished, which I could judge. He and his fine assistant worked well together. Dr Ham explained about some pain in a few days, and he was accurate since any expected pain was now gone. I have been awed by his charming manner and quiet skill.

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Excellent experience thank you

- Nicole A

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Highest quality of care, courtesy, and treating me like a real person. I've been shocked and delighted at every interaction.

- Peter M

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I am so grateful from start to finish how I was treated and cared for by EVERYONE. Thank you.

- Renee B

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This is an amazing office! They are warm, caring and professional. They take a difficult experience and make it as manageable and comfortable as possible. I am only sorry I didn't know about them for my previous root canals. I would highly recommend this doctor and his staff. I'll only come back here for any of these procedures in the future!

- Michelle C

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the staff and office made my experience very comfortable

- Kevin V

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Super nice people! Got me in ASAP when I had a serious issue. Went back for my follow up visit they were on time! Can't say enough good things. For an unpleasant root canal this was the very best experience possible! Can't recommend them enough.

- Darrah L

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The staff was wonderful--very helpful! The dr was very knowledgable and skilled.

- Renee R

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Very pleased with the professionalism & kindness of the staff!

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Great experience

- Anonymous

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Great visit- thank you.

- Mona T

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The best root canal experience ever!

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- Irene Q

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I was very surprised how quick I got in. I was swollen and in a lot of pain. The staff got me in within hours. Everyone in the office is fantastic. The root canal was painless. After my first visit everything got better. I would recommend this office to anyone!!!

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