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. Rudd uses 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 a inflamed pulp
Inflammation
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.

Salt Lake Endodontics PC

5 out of 5 stars based on 25 Root Canal reviews.

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Very friendly and efficient.

- TOMASINA G

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Awesome

- Jeff W

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They were very friendly and did a great job. Highly recommend going to Dr. Rudd.

- Donovan S

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Overall the procedure went smooth and the dental assistant and doctor were friendly and knowledgeable.

- Anthony V

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Staff was excellent, quick and friendly.

- Kerri H

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The staff were very nice and made me fill comfortable.

- Regina B

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Very welcoming and professional.

- Giovannie S

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Friendly and very helpful smiles on everyone and kindness all around

- Melissa B

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For what was a terrifying procedure the staff and Dr. Rudd made me feel right at ease. Would highly recommend!

- Karly W

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Everyone at Dr. Rudd’s office is so very nice and accommodating. Dr. Rudd is gentle, efficient and expert at his work. If you need an endodontist come here!

- Stephanie C

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I had such a good time that I am going to eat even more candy just so I can do it all again.

- Tallon N

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Made root canal easy for me Very friendly & accomodating staff.

- Melissa S

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Great experience considering I needed a root canal. Friendly and comforting as I was very nervous. I got an appointment the very next day. Efficient!

- Natalie B

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Dr. Redd and his assistants are amazing. They make you feel welcomed, and the procedure isn’t bad at all, especially if you’re terrified of the dentist

- Mapuana M

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Everyone was very friendly and made me feel very comfortable with the entire process.

- Destiny B

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This is my second visit and I would definitely come back and recommend to others.

- Alexandra S

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I enjoyed the staff and the office was welcoming. I would recommend this to others not only for the professional but also the personable service.

- David K

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Excellent equipment, technology, and knowledge.

- Robert R

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Everyone was professional and friendly.

- Rich M

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Will come here again

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