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 an inflamed pulp
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 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.

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Dr. Kubelka and staff were wonderful! They were cheerful, patient with all my questions, professional, and very informative. I was completely relaxed and felt no pain or even discomfort during the root canal treatment or afterward. I could not have asked for a better experience. It was so relaxing and pleasant, it felt like a mini-vacation--which is A LOT for me to say about sitting in a dental chair!

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No pain during the whole procedure! Good music and entertainment to keep your mind off what is actually happening. You can tell it is a good practice because Dr. Kubelka is nice to his excellent assistants, and you can tell that they all like each other. My first root canal experience was great.

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My visit to Dr. Kubelka's office was 5 star! I was so satisfied with my treatment and the staff I wished he did general dentistry also. They office was beautiful and I had a chair massager (loved that!). Dr did various test and walked me through my treatment needs in laymen terms. I feel odd to say I had a great time at the dentist! Insider tip if you are good you may get a special coffee mug My five star review is no exaggeration, it was a five star experience!

- Tranae Y

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This was my first root canal ever!, I was really nervous when I walked into the office not knowing what to expect. Maria (front desk) greeted me by name upon my arrival. Carolyn did a great job with taking x-rays, I didn't have anything sharp sticking into my gums like I had felt at other offices before. They even had me laughing during my root canal. I strongly recommend Dr. Kubelka and his wonderful staff to anyone in need of a root canal. This office is like no other office I been to. They are a very warm & professional staff.

- Frank L

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The compassion and consideration shown by Dr. Kubelka and his staff has so far exceeded my expectations!!! I highly recommend him and his office to anyone in need of root-canals or any other endodontic work! I pray God's blessings a thousand-fold upon Dr. Kubelka and his staff for the blessing they are to me and my family!

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