ROOT CANAL TREATMENT

WHAT IS A ROOT CANAL?

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. Shapiro 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

ENDODONTIC PRESENTATION

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

Endodontic Presentation

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.

CRAIG A. SHAPIRO, DMD, PA

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– Dorothy L

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My entire experience was amazing from beginning to end. Dr.Shapiro and staff were terrific. I got an emergency same day appointment and by the time I left, I was completely pain free. Thank you all!!

– leah N

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Wonderful staff, caring provider and a beautiful office.

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Dr.Shapiro is an excellent Dentist. I am a baby when I go to the Dentist.He is the best Dentist and is so gentle I didn’t feel the novacaine.This has been the best experience for me and I would recommend Dr.Shapiro to the world.Thank you again Dr.Shapiro for everything.

– Sheila L

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Dr. Shapiro and his staff were fantastic. I was terrified of getting my first root canal, but he performed the procedure with ease and made feel comfortable the entire time. He was very kind and polite, and would check to make sure I was doing alright every few minutes. He would warn me in a timely manner to anticipate any kind of vibration from the instruments. I have had terrible experiences with routine dental procedures and placement of dental dams in the past with other providers, and had no such experience here. The staff were great; they were attentive and polite; they were able to get me a quick appointment for my spontaneous pain and were able to answer all my questions. I left feeling relaxed about what to expect after the procedure. I would highly recommend this office as Dr. Shapiro and the staff were great.

– Tanisha A

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Dr. and staff very responsive and excellent care received.

– Donald S

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Overall, this may sound strange, but I found the whole experience of having my root canal a very pleasant one. There was no paid during the procedure and even at home after the Novocaine wore off, no pain. Not that I would want to have another root canal but, if I did need one I would definitely go to Dr. Shapiro.

– Elizabeth T

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10/10 would recommend any of my friends if they needed work down

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Excellent! Highly recommend! Courteous and professional

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as nice a visit can be for a root canal procedure

– Joan O

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Great experience. Quick & painless.

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Didn’t feel anything Dr Shapiro was very good explains everything he did

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very professional team.

– Ayman S

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I did better then i thought since it was my first root canal. Everyone was so helpful

– Janet L

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This was a follow-up appointment. Prior appointments were excellent. The staff was very efficient and friendly. The doctor was very caring and concerned about making the procedure as painless as possible. I had a problem, the doctor came in on Sunday. I would definitely recommend Dr. Shapiro and his staff.

– Cassandra

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Really good dentist – trust him highly for all endo procedures. Staff is caring and considerate.

– Hal T

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Office was very professional. I was in a lot of pain and they got me in for appointment immediately. Dr Shapiro did my root canal and made it very comfortable for me. No pain at all. I highly recommend using this office.

– Donna K

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I had a terrible fear of root canals but Dr. Shapiro did such a great job that I wouldn’t hesitate in coming back if necessary!

– Anne Swartz

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I would recommend this office and this doctor

– Patti H

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I had a referral from my dentist and got an appointment right away. The doctor found the problem tooth and did a procedure to stop the pain. Later another procedure (Root Canal) took care of the problem tooth. I am more than satisfied with my treatment and the results of the procedure and with the the courteousness of the staff. Dr. Shapiro and his assistant were very skilled and precise and caring with me and I appreciate that very much.

– James K

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Good job, well done, good experience

– Gil G

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Procedure was quick and painless. I was nervous and they put me at ease.

– Tamee R

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The best experience one can have needing a root canal. Exceptional staff and Dr. is the absolute best, caring and took the time needed to ensure my procedure was complete. he had to clean up a mess left by another Dr. and I left feeling confident my issues were finally resolved,

– Florence U

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Doctor let me know what he was going to do before doing it. Excellent !

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Doctor was very professional, respectful and knowledgeable

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I was very pleased with the office and doctor. Everything went smoothly and as painlessly as possible.

– Dee Dee S

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It was easier than I thought it would be considering I’ve had dental dams in my mouth and could not continue the procedure and had to have teeth pulled.

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Excellent experience

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It was a great visit!

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I was in extreme pain they took me right in. Very courteous staff and Dr. Shapiro explained everything he would be doing. great bedside manners and should I have to come again (hopefully not) but this is the Dr to see. Thanks for your care.

– Cynthia G

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In my 50’s with large old silver cavities I have seen several endodontists in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, now in Florida, but Dr. Shapiro is the best by far. I have had 4 root canals here and never any pain whatsoever. I feel very fortunate to have found Dr. Shapiro and recommend him to all my family and friends.

– Steve w

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Friendly, professional and never felt a thing. He took a way the pain and I wish he was a general dentist. He’s great and so is staff!

– Beowulf R

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So thankful for the office to take me as a late walk in. Everyone was so nice and professional. I appreciated how Dr. Shapiro provided step by step what he was doing and let me know when the procedure would be completed. I have had many root canals, over the years. This was by far the best experience ever!! Thank you EVERYONE

– Joe C

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Great experience with this office.

– Howard R

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– Zoran P

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Dr. Shapiro and his entire staff are excellent, and they make the entire procedure a very pleasant process.

– Joseph D

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Very satisfied with Dr. Shapiro and staff. Was given an appointment immediately and treated promptly and professionally. Work was completed to the satisfaction of all concerned. I would definitely recommend Dr. Shapiro.

– Karen F

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This place is great

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