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 procedures, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to root canal therapy are discussed.

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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It is always worse thinking about the root canal than getting one. I felt relaxed knowing Dr Yee was doing my root canal

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if a root canal can be considered pleasant. this was it..as close as possible to painless dental work.

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Dr. Yees dental office was the best experience I have had to date. I am mother of three and not even my children get this type of comforting experience in their dental office. I immediately felt a good vibe and knew I was in the right hands when I step into the door. I want to thank each and everyone of the staff. THANK YOU!! for such grace, kindness and ALOHA. My visit to the dental office was awesome! Also, because I don't have dental insurance that Dr. Yees office except, I had to pay out of pocket and Danny was very accommodating to my financial situation and I was able to walk out of the office with a beautiful big smile!

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I thought I would originally have to travel to Oahu, as I'm visiting Maui. I was very thankful that I could get an appointment in a timely manner.

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I could tell that Dr. Yee and Mel have worked together a long time as she anticipated every thing the doctor would need ... it was incredible and I'm sure made the procedure very time efficient which was greatly appreciated by me.

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I have never been disappointed with an appointment with Dr. Yee and his wonderful staff. I know seeing a dentist is not usually high on the activity scale let alone having to get a root canal. But, Dr. Randall Yee, Dr. Mark Sakurai, and the wonderful ladies are definitely an asset to the island of Maui.

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I appreciated the care given. The procedure went quickly and I didn't feel a thing. Both doctors were very kind and helpful. Thank You.

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