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 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.
Very pleased with the entire process. Thank you!
- June H
Very pleased with all aspects of my experience. Excellent treatment by staff and doctor.
- Linda G
The procedure was quick and painless. The healing is quick.
Thank you all and God bless!
- Christopher W
The clinic staff is so nice and easy to work with. I love how they give you an estimate of costs before you come in!!
- Harley S.
I had an excellent experience at Brookwood Endodontics. I was referred to Dr. Thomas for a root canal, and he did a superb job. What sets Brookwood Endodontics apart is its attention to patient comfort. When I arrived, I received a card to complete noting my preference for nitrous, a blanket, a pillow, tv channel and a beverage. This helped ease my anxieties about the procedure almost immediately. Prior to the procedure, Stephanie and Daniel did a fantastic job of taking my X-rays and well as explaining and preparing me before Dr. Thomas began his work. I appreciated that Dr. Thomas made certain that I understood why the procedure was needed and what to expect during and after the procedure. The following day, a member of the office called to check on me, which rarely, if ever, happens at other offices.
I could not have asked for better or more professional service. Highly recommend.
- Brandi R
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Very professional, courteous
- Karen L
Good quality service
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- Shirley B
Dr. Thomas and the staff at Brookwood Endodontics have been phenomenal to work with. My dentist made the referral, and they were able to get me in the very next day. (If I lived closer, they could’ve gotten me in the morning that I called!) I highly recommend!
- Blair A
Very nice experience.
- Brandon E
Great experience. Everyone in the office was extremely professional, knowledgeable and friendly.
- Daniel T
Super place, no fear or pain! Love Dr Kaple. Now to make it more affordable! Lol
- Donna F
You could not have an overall better experience anywhere. They simply do a wonderful job.
- Stuart B
Wonderful experience considering most of us dread dental work. Very clean, efficient and great bedside manners.
- Kay B
They got me in for a root canal sooner than anyone else could & I really appreciated that because when you are in pain it’s hard to wait on getting an appointment. My other doctor that I usually see could not see me until next week & this group got me in right away . I am very appreciative of them getting me in as soon as possible
- Jamie W
Awesome staff and Dr Powell is always awesome
- Helen E
Very efficient! Great and did not feel uncomfortable at all. Dr. Thomas did a great job along with the whole staff.
- Kristi C
Had a great overall experience. No issues and absolutely no complaints.
I would definitely recommend this practice.
- Gloria H
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