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.

To find out how you could benefit from a root canal treatment or to make an appointment, please use our Contact Us form or call our office: Blanco Office Phone Number 210-341-8281 (Blanco and Westover Hills). Please also refer to our Patient Testimonials below.

Why a Root Canal? | Stages of a Root Canal | After a Root Canal | Root Canal Cost | Patient Reviews


Why do I need a root canal?

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. Please call us if you have questions: Blanco Office Phone Number 210-341-8281.

Stages of a Root Canal

Root Canal illustration: Healthy tooth roots and crowns in a lower jaw
Healthy Tooth
Root Canal illustration: A tooth anatomy diagram, highlighting pulp dentin and canal in a lower tooth
Tooth Anatomy
Root Canal illustration: Inflamed pulp and tooth decay for a lower molar tooth
Inflammation
Root Canal illustration: Lower molar tooth with its canals cleaned and an opening in the crown
Cleaned Canals
Root Canal illustration: Root canal filling of a tooth and temporary crown filling for a lower molar
Filling Placed
Root Canal illustration: Example of a lower molar 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

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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: Blanco Office Phone Number 210-341-8281 (Blanco and Westover Hills). To prevent further decay, continue to practice good dental hygiene.

How much will it cost?

The cost associated with a root canal 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.

 
 

Patient Reviews: Root Canals

Please visit the Patient Review Form page to leave a review about your root canal experience with this practice. Call our office if you would like more information: Blanco Office Phone Number 210-341-8281.

San Antonio Endodontics

5 out of 5 stars based on 19 Root Canal Therapy reviews.

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Very great service and made me feel right at home. Truly knowledgeable in every aspect and staff is super nice.

- Rhebeccatoni M

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My root canal was pain-free .. and the numbing shots didnt cause any discomfort. ... the procedure did not hurt !... and here I was dreading going to the dentist so i blew it off for as long as possible .. but all that worry for nothing... it was.so simple and easy and i was so comfortable .. i actually fell asleep and took myself a little nap...imagine that!! The staff very friendly... I highly recommend this dentist office. James Ball DDS did my root canal. He is awesome.

- Marguerite M

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Staff is very friendly and professional. Doctor was awesome and eased my worries made me fell like I was going to be very well taken care of.

- JoAnn R

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I have had a lot of root canals in the past, this experience was by far the easiest. I thought I might need Nitrous to help me through the procedure like I have had before, but Dr. Cloutier assured me he would get me numb enough that I would not need to waste $120.oo on the Nitrous. He was right. The procedure was pain free and he along with his staff was really good about walking me through each step of the process. Unless I move, I will not be going anywhere else for Endodontic care in the future.

- Jeff R

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Absolutely the BEST root canal experience I've had in my entire Iife, Thanks dr Ball. I also wanted to give credit where credit is due. The staff is extremely friendly, courteous and professional. From the very first phone call from Priscilla and the quickness of her responses and followup throughout she was great . The day of the procedure she went out of her way to get me an ice pack for my jaw because it ached from having my mouth open during the procedure. (which was the only pain I experienced) The rest of the staff, I don't remember there names but they too were professional, friendly and courteous. As a Teacher I give the entire office staff including Dr. Ball an A++ I sincerely HIGHLY RECOMEND Dr Ball and the entire organization...Blessing to the

- Yolanda G g

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Dr. Ball & his assistant Nancy and the rest of the front desk staff made my experience as good as it possibly could . I appreciate that he explained everything before it was going to happen. I also received a follow-up call the next day and that to me was going above and beyond . I've already recommended his office to three people.

- Nancy F

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Dr. Cloutier performed root canal on lower back tooth. Here are the reasons i recommend him: 1) squeezed me into his schedule so i wouldn't have to suffer all weekend 2) very quick and no pain. 3) great personality and dr/patient manner 4) very compassionate and young/current with state-of-the-art equipment/technology !

- Linda W

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Love the staff and Dr.Coutier saw to it that I felt no pain! Fantastic doctor!!!

- Tina A

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From the moment I walked in and spoke to the receptionist I felt I was in the right place. The care given by Dr. Cloutier and his assistant Allison was excellent. I highly recommend San Antonio Endodontics to anyone in need of a pain free root canal. This was a very pleasant experience. Thank you!

- Frank P

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Very satisfied with the quick and friendly service!

- Monica H

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Impressive all around. Wonderful facility and people

- Jordan C

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great no ain

- clarissa g

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extremely professional and personal

- tracee l

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Excellent care!

- iabella a

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excellent.

- david v

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Dr Cloutier and staff were great--friendly and proficient. Would definitely recommend to family/friends

- Aaron M

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It was such a pleasant experience. I highy recommend Dr. Cloutier.

- Elizabeth S

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MALISSA WAS VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE ASSISTING THE DENTIST VERY PREPARED AND HAD VERY GOOD SIDEMANOR TOO; WOULD SURELY RECOMMEND THIS PLACE ! THE DI m

- Rita R

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Excellent patient care! Dr. Ball was very patient and gentle during my entire treatment. Dr. Ball's dental assistant was great, she answered all my question and made sure I was comfortable. Great front office staff and overall experience!

- Maria C

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