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.
Dr. Thomas is always the best hands down!
- Abbi S
Absolutely love this Endodontics wish they could be my primary dental!!! Y’all keep rocking!
- Casey p
A big “Great” service. I’d return if needed and I will tell of the services received.
Perhaps, they would seek care there.
- Jernois F
The experience was wonderful! They explained everything what was next during the procedure! The recovery process was great and I experienced no pain !
- Keith L
Dr. Thomas is awesome. Professional, courteous, caring and gifted.
- April A
Went for a root canal but Dr Powell felt it not necessary. Prescribed a rinse for gum inflammation. Seems to be working. Loved that he was honest and willing to take a conservative approach. When I need a root canal I will see Dr Powell.
- Erin S
All Good !
- James M
I've had three root canals here over the years. Every one was done by Dr Thomas. He's friendly, outgoing and showed genuine interest in my issues. He advised me that doing an option my dentist was leaning towards was not my best option but still left the choice up to me. The staff are all amazing and very friendly & helpful. I left Brookwood Endodontics feeling hopeful. I wish every medically oriented place I've dealt with was great as this place.
- Glenn W
Dr. Wikle and his staff provided me with excellent care. I would recommend him and his practice to anyone needing this care.
- Andrea E
Great experience. I also am shocked at how little pain I have just using advil.
- Elizabeth M
Thank you to Dr Thomas, his assistants, and front desk staff for making my experience pleasant and comfortable.
I can’t speak highly enough about your practice. Y’all make having a root canal
Easy!! Thanks again and I will always recommend you and come back if needed.
- Amy B
Very good experience
- David H
The assistant was one of the nicest girls I’ve ever met! I went by myself to get a root canal and I hate needles and all things dental work… but she made me feel so much better and like I had a friend there to help me through it. The entire staff was so friendly and transparent. While I was waiting me and the assistant talked about everything from school to food to our personal lives and it made the whole experience so much better!
- Katherine W
Excellent service and dental care!
- Frances N
Overall, I would highly recommend Brookwood Endodontics!!!
- Laura G
Awesome all around
I was in a lot of pain before the procedure. Dr Thomas did a wonderful job.
- Fay W
They explained everything before and gave instructions after to help everything go smoothly. They were extremely friendly and if have to do anything again I would return here.
- Laura P
The staff was amazing!
- Christy S
Excellent experience! Everyone was amazing!
- Michael B
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