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, Dr. Powell, Dr. Wikle and Dr. Kaple 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.
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.
Was referred for a root canal. When Dr. Powell got in there he found that the tooth had resorption and advised that he could continue with the root canal and a crown could be put on but I would just be spending all that money on a tooth that would eventually have to be removed anyway. He recommended extraction. When I agreed, his staff scheduled an appointment with an oral surgeon for me. I appreciated Dr. Powell's expertise and candor. If I ever have to have a root canal again (God forbid), I will request Dr. Powel (and his staff).
- Sherri T
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Very good dentist and staff. Would highly recommend.
- Marty W
Definitely recommend! Thank y’all so much for everything yesterday!
- Krislyn G
Everyone put us at ease from the minute we walked in in!! So friendly and made us feel special and cared for very much!!
- Dylan R
Everyone was so kind and personable. They made sure I was comfortable and had everything I needed. Thank you
- Sherry G
Great exp considering
- Joel S
Great staff & Dr Powell is the best!!
- Mary H
Fast procedure. Relaxing environment.
- KaTonya T
Was very pleased with all aspects of visit, from scheduling and getting called for earlier appointment to quality of service to follow up phone call the day following service.
I hope I never need this service again, but would definitely return or recommend highly to everyone.
- Laurie E
A very efficient and friendly staff. Procedure was surprisingly painless and done quickly. Would highly recommend and would return if needed.
- Pam M
Dr. Thomas did a great job on my root canal!
- Noel R
Overall my visit was very pleasant. My experience was almost pain free.
- James C
Kayla is a sweetheart. She’s caring and friendly. She took great care of me. She mad me feel like I was the only patient. Such a sweet girl!!!!
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Great care and professional service all around. I've been here three times now and I'm always impressed.
- Larry H
Dr. Kaple and his dental assistant, Melissa were awesome. They are so welcoming and explained everything they did to me in detail. Dr. Kaple is so friendly and he put me at ease.
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