Root Canal Treatment

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. Root canal 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. Dr. Appelbaum and Dr. Zagorodny 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

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 a root canal cost?

The cost associated with root canals 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.


Appelbaum Endodontics

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On my appointment day, my root-canal tooth has inflammation. I called to cancel my appointment within hours of the visit as I am concerned the inflammation may mask the diagnosis, also am concerned my insurance may have a limit on how many visits I have per year. I am retired and worry about my out of pocket expense. Dr. Applebaum not only didn’t charge me no-show fee but also offered to see me for my inflammation “free of charge”. This is highly unusual and one does not encounter too often in any doctor. It shows that he is a caring person, and is more interested in the patient’s health than charging the patient. My wife is also his patient. She has 4 root canal teeth, all had been causing her pain. Dr. Applebaum redo them all. After one year, there is no more problem coming from those teeth. She is very happy with the outcome. Based on the above facts, I have high regard for Dr. Applebaum. Not only he is a experienced and skilled endodontist, he cares more about patient’s health than fees. Today, he offered me free service to treat my tooth inflammation because I was concerned about fee.

- KW L

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I needed an emergency root canal and being from California I was desperate to find someone. The office got me in that same day and did the procedure. I am so grateful for Dr. Appelbaum and all the staff. They are so compassionate and caring. I can’t say enough great things about them.

- Cindy C

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Patience and full explanation puts you at ease.

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