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.

Call us at  Clear Creek Endodontics Phone Number 303-432-3636 with any questions about Root Canal Treatment or to schedule an appointment.

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

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.

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Clear Creek Endodontics

5 out of 5 stars based on 71 Root Canal reviews.

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Thank you to the staff who were very kind and helpful. I must admit the procedure was not as bad as I dreaded it to be and thank you Dr Newcomb for saving my tooth

- Sumie A

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This was my first time with a root canal, being said, I had to have 2 root canals along with an extraction the same day. Dr Stratton was excellent, he cared about my overall health, my comfort while I was going through the procedures, and even my current financial needs to help me through many years of neglect with my teeth. Dr Stratton and his assistant Christie, did an awesome job keeping me comfortable for the almost 3 hours I was there. I was a difficult case cause some of the numbing medications didn't take effect all the way with one of the nerves, he tried 3 additional times to make sure I was comfortable for one of two teeth I had a root canal on, he truly doesn't want this to be a bad experience. Dr Stratton was diligent, patient, and empathetic to all of my needs from start to finish. I wish I could only find a regular dentist that had his demeanor and caring personality for patient comfort in the dentistry field. If I could find one like him I wouldn't have spent many years not going to a dentist. I will be back in a few months for 2 additional root canals on the other side that are needing to be done soon. Keep up the great work!

- Shane K

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After going to my regular dentist on 12/15/15 I found out I was going to have to have an emergency root canal, your staff fit me in quickly and I was taken care of the same day. Dr. Stratton was friendly and very efficient taking care of the nasty infection I had and doing a root canal on the spot. The next day I felt 100% better with the swelling going down considerably and your office calling me to find out if I was doing okay. Thank you for fitting me in quickly and taking care of the root canal - it has been two weeks since and I am feeling much better thanks to Dr. Stratton.

- Marie C

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Dr. Stratton was great. This was my second root canal with him and it went better than the last one. There was no pain during the procedure and they gave me pain killers for afterwards which really helped. I highly recommend Clear Creek and Dr. Stratton.

- Rebecca B

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Well treated, painless and prompt

- Alan S

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It had been several years since I had my last root canal. Needless to say, this experience was nothing like I was expecting. The equipment and techniques have progressed to an amazing degree. No pain...very mild discomfort. Dr,Stratton and Christi are an amazing team. Well done.

- Tom B

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Their service is ABOVE and BEYOND! I have called 17 dentists today trying to get advice -- and Dr. Ryan is the ONLY one who took the time. He looked over the x-rays while we were on the phone and offered a thorough diagnosis. A true helper and 100% dedicated to patients -- HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

- Shane W

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* just because we are from Burlington, doesn't mean we are redneck ­čÖé

- Miranda M

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I haven't had a root canal nor an abscessed tooth in years so I was really nervous. I was scheduled for three root canals but only had two, one of the scheduled teeth needs an extraction. Dr. Jon and Bailey made me feel relaxed, I was extremely grateful. All of this work was just done this morning or I am sure I would have more words.

- Barbara L

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Dr. Ryan Stratton and his staff made me feel at ease. I was surprised how easy and painless my procedure was. Thank you all!

- Jenny P

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