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.
Root Canal Symptoms
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.
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.
Highlands Ranch Endodontics PC
Patient Review By Katrina C
Dr. Patel had done some root canals for me previously which were done painlessly and I have had no further problem. On this occasion, I had to see Dr. Patel for retreating some root canals done by another endodontist years ago. My general dentist also made him aware of some additional implant and bridge work that was in the plans. After Dr Patel took scans and evaluated the situation, he suggested that we may want to consider an adjustment to the planned implants and bridgework instead of trying to save the teeth with a surgical re-treatment of the failed root canals. He could have just done the re-treatment and made a little money, but instead was more interested in the best overall outcome for his patient. His compassion and care for his patients comes first and for his high ethical standards as well as his excellence as and endodontist, I would highly recommend him and will continue to see him for treatment myself in the future.
- Katrina C
Patient Review By Brian A
Entire experience was the best it could be, especially in an emergency situation. Everything was handled quickly and professionally.
- Brian A
Patient Review By Darrin
Thorough, friendly, timely, and no pain during or after the procedure. As comfortable as I imagine a root canal can be.
Patient Review By Gloria Z
Every staff person treated me as if I were special and had been a patient forever. The procedure was quick, painless, and the recovery so far has been good.
- Gloria Z
Patient Review By Robert K
Very professional Staff and Doctor. Explained procedure and accomplished same in minimal time. Will recommend to friends and family.
- Robert K
Patient Review By Adele W
I felt well cared for by this practice. I would definitely refer friends..
- Adele W
Patient Review By Breanne E
Dr. Patel was an incredible endodontist. This was my first root canal and I wasn't sure what to expect. He made me feel extremely comfortable and talked me through the entire procedure. He was quick, yet gentle. I greatly appreciated his follow-up phone call after hours the day I got my root canal. His staff was super friendly and efficient too. I will be recommending Dr. Patel to family and friends!
- Breanne E
Patient Review By Michael K
Dr. Patel and his staff are top notch professionals. I would recommend them to my family and friends.
- Michael K
Patient Review By Kendall
Very happy with our experience with Highlands Ranch Endo! Thanks!
Patient Review By Fran K
Best of the best in the West!!!!!!!
- Fran K
Patient Review By Erica Z
Dr. Patel and his wonderful staff were great to interact with. Dr. Patel is very kind and explains things well. His staff is equally supportive and helpful.
- Erica Z
Patient Review By Natalie H
Wow! This was my first root canal, and I was very impressed. I don’t think I was even in the chair for 30 minutes. Dr. Patel was great! I was able to put in my earbuds and listen to music while he did the procedure, which was not bad at all. And thanks to Jackie who told me about an insurance with no waiting period, I was able to save several hundred dollars.
- Natalie H
Patient Review By Jan W
My experience with Dr. Patel and the entire staff was better than any root canal procedure deserves to be! Don't be afraid; the anticipation is worse than the event. Thank you so much to everyone
- Jan W
Patient Review By Robert C
This review is for my wife and I. She had a recent traumatic experience with another procedure and was nervous about this appointment. Dr. Patel and staff were very good at both putting us at ease and with their technical expertise that resulted in healing not only of oral symptoms but in restoring confidence in having work done for these kinds of procedures. Highly recommend.
- Robert C
Patient Review By Ellen O
I was very impressed with Dr Patel. He was very concerned about me and went above what I had expected. The staff was so friendly. When I called to make the appointment I was so impressed with her concern about how I was feeling. Thank you very much. I would highly recommend Dr Patel to all my friends.
- Ellen O
Patient Review By Carol C
Dr. Patel and his entire staff were courteous, friendly, and professional. I was told about every step before and during the procedure and they finished in the time they quoted me. Very caring.
- Carol C
Patient Review By Eric H
Dr. Patel is extremely gentle and caring with his patients. Root Canals often have a stigma of being extremely painful and difficult, my experience with Dr. Patel was the exact opposite. I would recommend Dr. Patel to anyone that needs this type of work done.
- Eric H
Patient Review By Donna B
A tremendous practice that prides itself on professionalism and an extremely high level of expertise. My root canal issue was made more complicated by the fact that I have Dystonia which makes my head shake. Dr. Patel came up with a solution that allowed the root canal issue to be solved without causing me any undue stress. All the staff was highly qualified and most friendly. I would recommend this practice to both friends and family.
- Donna B
Patient Review By Courtney W
I want to thank the Office of Dr. Patel for being professional, timely, and caring. I would/will recommend this office to anyone needing work done on their teeth.
- Courtney W
Patient Review By Mark W
Very impressed and would recommend them to everyone
- Mark W