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. 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 procedures, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to root canal therapy 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.
I had a dire need which your office was able to meet. It was timely, professional and very much appreciated.
- Greg E
If ever a root canal can be a pleasant experience…Dr Thomas and Vanessa can make it one : ) Dr Thomas was very highly recommended by my dentist so I knew I was in good hands from the start. The procedure was easy and painless! Dr Thomas and Vanessa asked me if I was doing ok frequently ~ they could not have been nicer to me. I’m very thankful that I was in their capable and kind hands!
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Great job by all. Everyone one was very nice!They made sure I was comfortable. And in no pain. The Dr was very nice! And his assistant was very sweet. I loved being able to watch a movie!
- Robin M
I have been here before and experience was great. This visit was just as good
Had a call the next morning checking on how I was doing.
- Donna T
I didn’t think a root canal would be a pleasant experience. It was painless, quick and stress less.
- Deborah B
Best in Tuscaloosa
- Charles M
If not for the shots the whole process would have been pleasant. And I have had very little pain or swelling after having 3 root canal’s in two days. I was pleasantly surprised with the lack of pain. Thank you Brookwood Endodontics.
- Virginia S
I had been dealing with excruciating pain in my mouth for a long time and I was referred here by my primary dentist. I was nervous at first, but everyone here was so incredible. They got me in for a last minute appointment and stayed late to help me out. Numbing injections normally don’t work on me, so dental procedures have always been a nightmare. But Dr. Stephen Thomas is a miracle worker and made it where I barely felt anything. 10/10.
- Simon W
I could not have received better care, from the moment I arrived until the completion of the procedure. Dr. Thomas was both friendly and very professional, and did an outstanding job of taking care of me. Everyone I met was courteous, friendly and super competent.
- Jim C
What a super staff, everyone could not have been more professional, courteous and just nice people. Dr. Thomas dental assistant was very good and asking many times if I was OK. Then there is Dr. Thomas, well he is simply the BEST. THANKS EVERYONE.
- Rex D
I love the way you treat your patients, especially knowing they are likely hurting or have been hurting prior to the procedure.
- Pam A
This is the best service I've received in a long time. I will be recommending you to everyone I know.
- Rashial S
Great Staff & Amazing care before & after. Dr Thomas is one of the best!!!
- Carole P
I felt sincere care from Dr Thomas and the staff.
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- Jordan F
My Dr. Thomas was beyond very good in the procedure he do on my. Handled everything with care, professionally done ! His nurse Erin was so accommodating an made me feel very comfortable in every way.
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