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.
Call us at Clear Creek Endodontics Phone Number 303-432-3636 with any questions about Root Canal Treatment or to schedule an appointment.
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.
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.
Patient Reviews for Root Canal
Clear Creek Endodontics
Superb care. Dr. Stratton has a tenderness and demonstrates genuine compassion for his patients.
- Patti S
Dr. Newcomb and Justin were kind, gentle, and experts. I am very impressed (I have experienced incompetence in the past). The office staff was friendly and professional.
- terri b
It was as good as a root canal can be!
- Lynda P
They made a difficult day easy
- Dee Ann F
We cannot even begin to say how happy we are with Dr Stratton and Bailey. We came in for an emergency toothache, were quickly tended to, diagnosed, and treated.
- Rebecca R
Truly outstanding service. I can't think of a single aspect of my interaction with Dr. Stratton or the office that should be improved. This was my first root canal and I was apprehensive, but it really went well. They listened to my particular concerns and took them well into account. The whole experience was less uncomfortable than many fillings I've had in the past. Would definitely use Dr. Stratton and Clear Creek Endo again.
- Ray B
My experience with Dr. Stratton started out with the news that a root canal performed by my regular dentist was not done properly. Only two of the roots had been removed and so the third root had been left in error, and had been infected for a long time. Dr Stratton urged me to not wait too long to get it fixed, I could see clearly on his advanced x-rays that there was a problem, and he explained that he would have to replace the root canal completely. He took the time to explain what-all had to be done, and assured me that a root canal didn't have to hurt. ( I didn't fully believe him due to my prior experience with my old dentist.) His technique, skills, efficient assistant Justin, and up-to-date equipment actually made the procedure pain-free. I did not believe it was possible, but it is true. I'm so glad I was referred to Clear Creek Endodontics and I would recommend Dr Stratton and his whole staff to anyone.
- Nancy O
My experience with Dr. Stratton started out with the news that a root canal performed by my regular dentist was not done properly. Only two of the roots had been removed and so the third root had been left in error, and had been infected for a long time. I could see clearly on his advanced x-rays that there was a problem, and that Dr. Stratton would have to replace the root canal completely. He took the time to explain what-all had to be done, and assured me that a root canal didn't have to hurt. ( I didn't fully believe him due to my prior experience with my old dentist.) His technique, skills and up-to-date equipment actually made the procedure pain- free. I did not believe it was possible, but it is true. I sure wish I had found Dr. Stratton to perform my root canal the first time it was done. I would recommend him to anyone, and I will NEVER have a root canal done by a regular dentist if I have any say about the matter.
- Nancy O
I went in for a root canal Justin and Dr. Stratton were great. I would recommend Dr. Stratton for any endodontics work.
- Ray t
This was for a root canal. I have had 2 others in my life. Besides other normal dental work. It is always an uncomfortable visit. No matter how nice the doctor or staff is. Now, I say this with no exaggeration, this was the best experience I have ever had. And as far as the root canal, again no exaggeration, I almost dozed off as they were working on me. NO PAIN, no stress. And amazing as that was, very little to no pain later as the Novocain wore off. Simply amazing. Highly recommend this office.
- Richard L