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 90-95% 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. You will be able to drive home after your treatment, and you probably will be comfortable returning to your normal routine.

For more information about Root Canal Therapy or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Schaeffer, call our office in Ankeny, IA at Ankeny Office Phone Number 515-965-4456 or Request an Appointment Online.

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

tooth after endodontic treatmentWhat 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 immediately for a follow-up restoration to be initiated 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 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.

Iowa Endodontics, P.C.

5 out of 5 stars based on 12 Root Canal Therapy reviews.

Patient Review By Carrie H

The online registration process was very easy. I liked how every cost was quoted to me for my approval before procedures began. I appreciated how Dr. Schaeffer explained everything she was going to do before she did it and gave me updates on where she was in the process. I was very impressed by how well Dr. Schaeffer worked with the dental assistant. They were a well-oiled machine passing instruments back and forth -- sometimes without speaking. I felt like they were respecting my time and me as a patient vs. just pushing me through like a number. I will definitely recommend Iowa Endodontics to my friends and family.

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Patient Review By Heidi T

I would highly recommend Iowa Endodontics. Wonderful experience! Thanks guys!

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Patient Review By Jeff F

I can't recommend Endodontics P.C. enough. I went in with a lot of trepidation and Dr. Schaeffer and her staff made everything really easy. A special thanks to Jay, Paris, and Dr. Schaeffer for making the experience as good as it could possibly be.

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Patient Review By Vicki R

Overall pleasant experience!!!!

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Patient Review By Mary T

Really appreciate Dr Schaeffer and the work that she does, have done three root canals and have never had any pain at all, any additional care that I need I will see Dr Schaeffer!!!

- Mary T

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Patient Review By Maria W

For my first root canal felt no pain and was very happy with everything and no pain at all.

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Patient Review By Denise P

Did a great job of explanation every step of the procedure.

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Patient Review By Casey F

Pleasant experience when thinking it was going to be a painful experience. Would highly recommend Dr Schaeffer!!!!

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Patient Review By Steph K

No wait time and scheduling was wasy

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Patient Review By Diana S

Very informative, leave knowing what you need to do and what will be happening to you.

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Patient Review By Lowell G

Excellent service, excellent care, 5 stars for sure and would recommend

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Patient Review By Dan B

Very personable, down to earth explains everything Pain free puts you at total ease

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