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 may 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 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.

 
 

Randall D.J. Yee, DDS, MSD, Inc.

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Dr Yee and Lisa took great care of me. they squeezed me in for a root canal on short notice, made me feel very comfortable during the entire procedure despite me being nervous. overall great experience. Thanks!

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I'm very sensitive when it comes to dental work but Dr. Sakurai and Lisa are the best! They made me feel so comfortable and relaxed. I was surprised that I even wanted to fall asleep during the procedure. Awesome staff!!

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DR YEE AND LISA WAS AWESOME! SO FRIENDLY AND VERY PROFESSIONAL. I WILL DEFINITELY RECCOMMEND TO MY FAMILY AND FREINDS. MAHALO NUI LOA!

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Great staff. Procedure was explained prior to surgery. Friendly staff.

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Lisa AND dr Yee are excellent always made sure I was okay and NO PAIN! anD procedure was smooth . HIGHLY RECOMMEND THEM.

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Had a wonderful experience getting my first root canal today. Lisa was great as was all the staff. Didn't feel a thing and the chair was comfy. Doctor Yee was also very friendly, would highly recommend.

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this experience was so easy I would go so far as to call it pleasurable, or maybe as pleasurable as a root canal can possibly be.

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Dr. sakurai explains each step really well and check if you're ok qnd assistant Lisa were very helpful and concern about patient. Thank you!

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Dr. Yee was wonderful and his assistant Lisa. I would come back anytime.

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Dr. Yee was great and the assistant Lisa was nice and friendly. Thank you

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A fast and painless experience! I even fell asleep during the procedure

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