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% 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.

tooth after endodontic treatment 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 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.

Manassas Endodontics

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Excellent service!

- Ernie W

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My experience in Dr. Thorpe's care was superb. Nobody likes to have a root canal done but this office is very well run and they made sure I felt comfortable and at ease, I have been there twice, the first time, years ago but both times they made getting a root canal an easy thing to get through. I don't believe that they could have done any better. I'm very thankful for their office because i have been in other offices where i could not say the same, unfortunately. Thank you

- Trisha H

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Very professional the services.

- Berlyn V

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This is an exceptionally well-run professional practice with first-class people. From the front desk reception, to Dr. Thorpe and his technical support staff, to the check out desk--everyone is impressive, pleasant, attentive, and focused on delivering a premium patient experience in expedited fashion. In compact office space where everyone is operating in tight-knit work stations with state of art technology and equipment, work on the patient moves quickly and efficiently. I cannot imagine a better level of professional service than I received with Dr. Thorpe. I highly recommend him and his great staff with utmost confidence and without qualification.

- Gary p

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Dr. Thorpe and the nurse were very attentive to my needs and made sure that I was okay! Dr. Thorpe is an excellent endodontist and cares greatly for his patients. I loved the banter between Dr Thorpe and the nurse!!! It made me less nervous and made the whole operation to by quicker.

- Maureen M

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I have a well documented dental phobia and yet Dr. Detar and the staff took such amazing care of me that I want to scream from the roof tops that I finally found the perfect Dentist!!!! And better still, I had no pain following either appointment! Prior to meeting Dr. Detar you couldn't have convinced me it was possible to have a painless root canal. I am sooooooo thankful I found him and this office!!!

- Eileen W

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