Root Canal Therapy

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 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 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.

 
 

Robert E. Jepko D.D.S., PA

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IT was the best Endodontics visit i ever had. Thank you DR. Jepko and staff for such a wonderful visit.

- John causey M

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Dr. J was referred to me by my general dentist. After my prel work up, it was determined that I had two opts-pull the molar or go for a RE root chanel (first one done years ago). I opted to try and save the tooth. So far so good as Dr. J. thinks he found why I was having issues and the first steps have been successful. I followed the instructions after my first visit and was/have been pain free.

- Billy J

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Excellent customer service! Was very nervous for my root canal but, dr jepko made me feel comfortable and confident. Staff was very nice and informative.

- Ashley W

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I would highly recommend Dr. Jepko and his staff! They were fabulous!

- Janet F

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Very friendly staff and a great overall experience!!

- Cheryl C

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Great Dentist. Very straight forward. His assistant was also very good.

- Joyce S

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I felt very comfortable during my root canal. I never felt unsure of what was going to happen because each step was carefully explained. All staff was very patient and calming during a new dental experience. I would definitely recommend Dr. Jepko.

- Kristy C

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Excellent first-time root canal experience. Staff and dentist had listened to concerns and answered all questions thoroughly. I would definitely recommend Dr. Jepko's practice if you need his service.

- Betty H

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Dr. Jepko is an excellent dentist. Also his staff is very kind, helpful and sweet. He took the time to explain everything before and during the procedure. I never had a root canal before and i was very nervous about getting one. Dr. Jepko was very supportive, and kind during the procedure. He is a professional, and very good at what he does. I would recommend Dr. Jepko to everyone. I will always go there when I need endo treatment done. For my first visit I was very happy and pleased.

- Kaitlyn B

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