Endodontic treatment is a fancy word for a root canal. While this is the most feared dental procedure, you have nothing to be afraid of at 866-FIX-TEETH. After all, it is nothing more than a deep filling. The dentist has to clean away the decay, locate the nerve chamber, remove the nerve, find and thoroughly clean all the canals, rinse them out and disinfect them, then dry and fill them. All this work is worth the effort because it saves your tooth and extends its lifespan while getting rid of pain and infection.
Yes, the national success rate for root canal treatments is between 70-80%. At the 866-FIX-TEETH offices, our success rate is 90-98%. Our success rate is higher because we have expert dentists with light hands and years of clinical experience. We can save almost any tooth with root canal treatment. We also provide repeat treatments to patients who have had unsuccessful treatment before coming to our practice.
The symptoms of a root canal are similar to the those linked to other types of decay. Common signs include toothache, swollen gums, and increased sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures. The only way to know if you need a root canal for sure is to have a dental exam with x-rays to examine the tooth's interior structures.
Advances in dental technology have improved so that now it is easier to treat and save your own tooth than to remove and artificially restore it. It is better for your dental and overall health to save and use your own natural tooth. It is also less expensive than removal and a prosthetic tooth. It is also better to save a natural tooth because the established bite mechanics depend on the presence of all the teeth. A missing tooth disrupts the normal balance of the bite and causes jaw pain, headaches, tooth loss, and other issues.