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. Root canal 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. Dr. Collier, Dr. Thomas and Dr. Powell 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.
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.
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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.
The cost associated with root canals 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.
I was very pleased with the treatment I received and the care and concern of the staff about my comfort. Everyone was working toward an overall positive outcome for me and my issues.
- Mary B
I’m 29 weeks and was terrified to have the procedure done. They handled me with so much care and was attentive to all my needs and questions. Dr Thomas and his assistant was amazing
- Faith D
Made my root canal very pain free. I am not one who likes these types of procedures; however I would so recommend.
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Very professional, courteous and caring staff. Explained what was going to be done and again during the procedure.
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- Richman P
I had an excellent experience! I was very nervous but the staff were very comforting to me. The procedure was explained well and was not nearly as bad as I had thought. They even called me the next morning to check on me. I was very impressed with the staff and Dr. Powell.
- Michelle S
I was very nervous going in to the appointment. The staff and doctor went above and beyond to make sure I was comfortable and at ease.
- Kelli H
Awesome experience! Never thought I'd say that about a root canal, lol! I have had a bad experience in the past. I have already been recommending you guys!
- Pamela R
Dr Thomas and his staff were so friendly and caring. They eased my anxiety and made me feel like I was in good hands. I really appreciated the phone call the next day making sure I was okay and I understood all my instructions. I will definitely use Dr Thomas again!
- Ansley P
Dr Collier is great and so are his assistants. They are always asking if I am okay. I think it’s great that someone will call and check on me the next day.
- Barry H
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- DeAnn G
I was in horrible pain before I got there. EVERYONE in this office was extremely kind and attentive!!
They took great care of me...and the procedure was over before I could even believe it!
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- Sherry D
I only live here in winter months . Dentist is in Hot Springs SouthDakota . Had horrible tooth ache for 2 weeks . Thought could hold out till we left April 21st . Brother in law recommended calling his dentist for a reference as they are closed on fridays. Sent to the brookwoodendodontics for evaluation. Feel the lord lead me to them . They were very kind compassionate. After telling the tech my sad story of recents events that have occurred. Her response was well I will sure pray for you and don’t worry we will get you fixed up. They were all so wonderful I just can’t say enough. Sent me straight to the oral surgeon!!! Yep they got me right in . I would give them a gold star for sure and highly recommend them .
- Mary Jane L
Made a bad situation good in that my pain was relieved. The staff and Doctor were incredible!
- Mark W
Great experience. Staff was friendly and doctor Thomas was helpful, informative, patient, and kind.
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