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.

tooth after endodontic treatment 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.

Central Coast Endodontics - Daniel J. Pierre DDS MS INC

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Actually very relaxing! Who knew?

- Stephanie k

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A root canal on another tooth with a different nearby endodontist several months prior to seeing Dr. Pierre was problematical. 1) The dentist broke off a piece of metal file inside the tooth, chose not to try and remove it, and did not inform me until he had sealed the tooth back up. 2) I experienced TMD (Temporal Mandibular Jaw Disorder) soreness in the affected jaw muscle where the tooth was worked on for a full 8 weeks. With Dr. Pierre neither of those issues occurred, and he was courteous, professional, and friendly. I have no hesitation in recommending him.

- Bob G

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Thank you for the great service. It is certainly appreciated

- joseph w

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Thank you for making me feel comfortable and at ease during my nervousness. You were very thoughtful and considerate of my comfort and feelings and checked in on me regularly during the procedure.

- Joshua C

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Thank you so much for helping with Insurance information. Was like a tooth filling. Happy Holidays to you and your staff 🙂 Will definitely referred your office in the future.

- Angela G

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One of the best dental experiences for a person that has anxiety over dental visits in general.

- barbara m

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Super good experience! Root canal treatment and I was calm and comfortable. Doctor and assistant were gentle and engaging.

- patricia y

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Mother stated the service is excellent! The amenities provided made her feel very comfortable and at ease.

- Kisako K

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Five star patient care and courtesy. Everyone in this office were professional and caring. Thank you, Tom

- Thomas C

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Dr Pierre and his staff got me in for treatment the day we called. After the root canal treatment I had immediate relief from pain and 1 week later everything is great! I highly recommend Dr Pierre and his staff!

- James H

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Great office and staff!!!!

- Anthony F. D

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Dr Pierre and his staff are professional and personable. Dr Pierre is very gentle, making sure I was comfortable throughout the entire process of getting a root canal procedure. I highly recommend him!

- Robin A

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Dr Pierre and the entire staff was very friendly, professional, comforting, and knowledgeable. They were all patient and throughly explained the procedure, along with possible side-effects (which I appreciated). The office is clean and organized. The billing and insurance information was clearly explained in easy-to-understand terms in a calm and intelligent manner. I left this office feeling well taken care of today.

- Nancy S

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Painless dentistry in very comfortable and pleasant surroundings.

- Jeff B

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Everyone on staff makes you feel welcomed and comfortable. I would highly recommend

- Michaela B

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Great experience at Dr. Pierre's office. They were able to schedule my daughter right away for treatment and offer her relief for her tooth pain. Will definitely recommend the office to friends and family.

- Darlene B

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I had a Root Canal done by Dr Pierre and was not looking foward to it based on previous experience with another DDS many years ago BUT the Dr & Staff are extremely professional and very friendly, The procedure was a pleasant experience NO pain & done quickly, which is rare for going to a Dentist, Dr even gave me his personal cell number in case I needed immediate attention. I would definitely return here for any future procedures.

- Rosalind S

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Very friendly, doctor did very good never had pain during treatment 🙂

- Rosi M

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Dr Pierre is patient and gentle as well as technically so skilled..Annie his assistant is also lovely. Really do not be afraid, this is no worse than a regular filling and takes about an hour/no pain its really ok. You are in the best of hands in this office which also took my insurance.I hope not to need further root canals but will not hesitate to return here if I do. Many thanks to Dr Pierre and all of his staff.

- Beverly D

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After suffering with a toothache for a week, my Dentist referred me Dr. Pierre. I was scheduled the next morning for a consultation, which lead to an immediate Root Canal.No waiting for a few days! Dr. Pierre and his staff are fast, very courteous, efficient and very caring.I am on the mend and feeling much better. Dr. Pierre called and checked on me that afternoon and encouraged me to call on his cell phone over the weekend if needed. I would recommend Dr. Pierre and his staff to everyone. This is a very patient friendly office!

- Janet C

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