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.
you all made my procedure as painless and quick as possible. thank you
- Thomas B
Very positive experience. The Christian music playing in the background was very reassuring and comforting. Impressed with the high level of integrity of the doctor. Will highly recommend him to my friends.
- Judith B
I could not be more pleased. Thank you.
- Caroline C
I was so anxious about this root canal that I had put it off for quite a while and got very little sleep the night before stressing out about it. As it turned out, I felt absolutely nothing this time. I was in the chair for just over an hour, which was also very nice, as I had expected it to take much longer. I really do appreciate the staff for making what in the past has been an extremely traumatic experience completely pain-free.
I also appreciated getting a call this morning to see how I was doing. I'd had to take some Tylenol after the anesthetic wore off, but I was totally fine after that.
- Patricia T
I am pregnant and was having the worst toothache. I went to the VA and they referred me the same day for a root canal. I was able to get in and out. Although I kept falling asleep and almost closing my mouth. They were so patient with me. (Sorry) The staff was so friendly and helpful. Thank you for excellent customer service. I would definitely recommend them to family and friends.
- Shawnese A
I'm very pleased with the service I received today at Brookwood Endodontics. They were kind, funny and very understanding of my Anxiety for a root canal. No one wants to have a root canal but I would definitely recommend Dr Powell if you need one
- Melinda M
Everyone was very professional and friendly..very relaxing atmosphere and procedure was pain free..
- John S
Excellent care. Doctors and staff are professional yet warm and efficient. Results were great.
- Joyce P
Great customer service
- Cassandra C
Dr. Thomas is FANTASTIC
- Madalyn L
It was a great visit
- Danielle C
Everyone was friendly and informative. Taylor and Tiffany were delights. The doctor was polite and friendly and made some of my anxiety go away about the pain.
- Caiden R
Exceptional, friendly, professional staff, doctor and service! Very glad I was referred to them. Today I returned to work pain free and can enjoy hot and cold food/liquids!
- Constance K
Very efficient and kind. Will definitely return if I need any similar procedures.
- Heather Davis
Thank you Dr Powell and Kayla for being so sweet and nice during my procedure. I hope I never have to get another root canal but if I do I will come back to your office. The office staff was very kind and helpful also.
- Marilyn A
I had major anxiety going into my root canal and the staff and doctor made the entire experience easy! I was in and out and should never have worried to begin with!
- Emily K
Painless root canal. Kind surgeon and assistant.
- Peggy S
- James E
Brookwood Endo is an excellent dental practice. I have seen Dr. Thomas on several occasions. He is always professional, knowledgeable, friendly and kind. His staff is also professional and friendly. I have the utmost confidence in my dental treatment. I would reccomend them to anyone who needs endodontic treatment.
- Deborah S
This was my first time at this location and i was very impresses with the staff and the facilities. This will definitely be my new place for endodontic procedures for myself and my family!
- Rachel G
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