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.

For more information about Root Canal Therapy or to schedule a consult with Dr. Horalek, please use our Appointment Request form or call our endodontic office in Raleigh, NC at North Raleigh Endodontics Office Phone Number 919-256-3996.

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.

Root Canal Treatment Illustrations

Illustration of a healthy tooth in the lower jaw
Healthy Tooth
A tooth anatomy diagram highlighting pulp dentin and canal
Tooth Anatomy
Lower Jaw IIlustration of tooth inflammation, showing tooth decay and a inflamed pulp
Lower Jaw Illustration of a tooth with its canals cleaned
Cleaned Canals
An illustration of root canal filling of a tooth in the lower jaw
Filling Placed
Lower Jaw Illustration of a tooth healed by root canal therapy
Healed Tooth

Select the video below for additional information about root canal treatment. Call our office for assistance, or to make an appointment with Dr. Horalek: North Raleigh Endodontics Office Phone Number 919-256-3996.

Endodontic Presentation

To provide you with a better understanding of endodontic procedures, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to root canal therapy are discussed.

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: North Raleigh Endodontics Office Phone Number 919-256-3996. You may also refer to our online post root canal treatment instructions. 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.

Modern Root Canal Treatment Video

Please view the video below for an overview of the modern root canal treatment procedure from the American Association of Endodontics. Call our office for assistance, or to make an appointment with Dr. Horalek: North Raleigh Endodontics Office Phone Number 919-256-3996.


Patient Reviews: Root Canals

This reviews section is in progress. Please visit the Patient Review form to leave a review about your Root Canal experience with Dr. Horalek and the Staff at North Raleigh Endodontics. Call our office if you would like more information: North Raleigh Endodontics Office Phone Number 919-256-3996.

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Patient Testimonial from Travis H

I would definitely return to Dr. Horalek's practice again should I need further dental care. Thanks for his efforts to save a bad tooth. Thanks to his staff, also

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Tony Horalek is a person that strives to do his very best in everything. He embraces the technology that will enable him to provide the best for his patients. That may cost him more but if he can provide a better experience it is worth it to him. I know I am in the best hands when I come to Tony Horalek. He does a superior job every time and enjoys having a capable team to back him up. Great experience!!

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That was easy!

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