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.
Dr. Powell was absolutely amazing and so was Bailey. They kept me comforted and comfortable the whole time and explained everything thoroughly while keeping the conversation funny and professional. As friendly as they were I really don't ever want to come back because root canals are no fun. But if I ever have to- I don't care where I'm living- I will make the commute to see them because everything about this place was excellent. I am now recovering with only mild pain which is to be expected due to how infected my tooth was. Y'all, don't change a thing, everything about my experience was great! (Except for the first half of my appointment when I couldn't go numb) Forever grateful!!
- Kate F
- Sabrina B
Dr Collier was hands down the best ever, hate the dentist but put me at ease got to work and made the procedure not that bad.
- Nic F
Great service! Had a root canal and there was no pain or discomfort!
- Terri E
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- Zachary M
Great experience! Dr. Thomas is incredibly nice man and great doctor. Very pleased with being a patient here!
- Walter A
Good expeience overall.
- Susan W
service was really great
- Anthony w
Professional, attentive, kind, informative, personal, caring and considerate
- Christi H
I like the atmosphere and the quality the staff showed excellent and concern.
- Reginald S
All I can say is excellent in all categories.
- joel e
The procedure was quick, painless, and so far I have had no pain after the procedure. I am not a fan of getting dental work done and I was nervous. The staff and doctor were excellent at answering my questions and checking on me throughout the procedure to make sure I was doing fine. Billing/insurance process was very clear and they were good about making sure I understood the fees before the procedure. Overall, the best word to describe the appointment was efficient. I hope I never need another root canal, but if I do, I would come back here—besides the rooms offer a nice view of Vulcan.
- Jeremy G
Everyone from Crystal (the lady that answered the phone)through my treatment until I left was extremely friendly and helpful. Stephanie was super nice as well as the doctor, everyone
- Christine T
- Amy M
Absolutely great service. Clean facility and pleasant staff.
- Britney J
Everybody was kind and caring, service was done well, overall experience Amazing
- Jamie H
- Bridgett C
Dr Collier is very professional and personal with bis assistant Bailey making a rough procedure bearable !!
- Jeffrey T
Gary C.am a first-time patient, the experience was absolutely awesome, the staff , the doctors and doctor's assistant equally awesome, it was the best experience I ever had in a dentist office !!!
- Gary C
My sons (Terrison Beavers) assistant name was Tara. She was extremely nice, professional and cute. She along with the rest of the staff made this visit very good. I would definitely recommend this Dentist to family and friends. Thank you all for help and for being so kind
- Tina B
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