Root Canal

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. 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 root canal 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 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.

Clear Creek Endodontics

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This was a fabulous experience. The courtesy, the cleanliness, the friendliness, the attention to detail were all amazing. Thank you.

- Arvidas J

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I am now 24 hours post procedure and feel no pain at all. I am even chewing on the affected side of my mouth! I am so happy with the process. Thank you all very much and if I ever need another root canal, Dr Stratton will be my choice. I will highly recommend to anyone who needs endodontics.

- Connie B

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I needed a root canal and fast! I was in a lot of pain. I randomly called this office for its location, got an appointment the same day. Dr. Ryan is amazing! Explained everything to me, was very knowledgeable and friendly! I woke up today with no pain! I will definitely go back if I need another root canal!

- Jami D

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Every thing went great, appointment started early (which is great) everyone was so , nice the call back day after is a nice touch if this hadn't been a root canal it was almost was fun. Thank You

- Brian G

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I was pretty freaked out and my stress showed-great and patient staff. I was referred for an "emergency appointment" and they got me in right away. Dr. Newcomb and Annie were amazing, confident, patient and no need for nitrous. If you need to see an endontist, don't look anywhere else! Thanks guys you were great

- Kim R

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Thanks to everyone at Clear Creek Dental - very caring and the dentist made sure I was in no pain.

- Susan B

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Dr Newcombe is the best. I wouldn't go to anyone else for a root canal. A root canal is a very high stress procedure for patients and Dr. Newcombe is very adept to help calm that stress and apprehensiveness.

- Cricket B

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Location was great for me.Liked the decor kind of fungshi.Nice touches with the orchids and water.Liked that Dr. Stratton was younger he was very friendly and helped you feel comfortable very thorough about procedure. When you are lying on your back having work done would be nice to have something to look at on ceiling.

- Sheila G

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The dentist and the staff are awesome!I had a good experience:) Thank you Clear Creek!

- Erica G

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I truly dreaded it. I have heard such horror stories from friends. BUT apparently they didn't see Dr. Stratton and his side kick Justin. Ladies in the office were nice and so helpful. Always wonder if they can see the fear on ones face. Thank You soooo Much. I hope not to come back... BUT if I have to... I want you to work on my teeth Dr. Stratton. Have a Great Day and God Bless all of you!!!

- JoAnn Bell

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