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 and Dr. Powell 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 enjoyable experience as someone who was very anxious about the procedure.
- Haley H
Wow! Is all I can say. You all are doing a phenomenal job caring for patients. I’ve been to two dentists and one oral surgeon over the past two weeks and no one compares to your staff. I felt like my concerns were handled professionally, with empathy and ethically. After two weeks of being in excruciating pain and no one wanting to take the time to treat me like a person, I walked into your office scared, but walked out with a renewed faith in the dental experience. Seriously! Great job!
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- Joseph R
It was a very smooth process getting an appointment. The staff offers amenities to help us to be as comfortable as possible. Dr Collier completed my first ever root canal. He did a wonderful job explaining the process and took very good care of me. Bailey was very caring and knowledgable - she helped me through the procedure and made sure I was called the next day to check on how I was doing. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!
- Michelle H
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- Charles C
Dr. Collier and staff were so kind and caring during the whole procedure!
- Saundra C
Great staff and doctors, very nice pleasant experience. Thank you
- Deidra C
I liked that the procedure was quick and I didn’t have to spend a lot of time waiting. The procedure was painless
- John B
Very accommodating to my need of getting into office ASAP.
- Sandra D
Dr. Collier and staff were professional, caring, and kind. Would definitely recommend to family and friends!
- Michelle E
Dr John Collier is the best is this field,
I made a bad mistake in letting one of my general dentist do a canal , never , never again will I let that happen to anyone I know. Collier knows his stuff, and has a great personality..
- Jeffrey T
Dr. Thomas was so reassuring as well as Sammi. I have extreme anxiety and they were so understanding and I truly feel like they cared. I will definitely recommend. Thank you!
- Anna L
I was very impressed..
- Amanda C
Service was outstanding! The doctor and his assistant were very nice and made me feel very comfortable. They constantly made sure I was ok and did a great job on my root canal.
- Delores P
- Wade N
Everyone was so accommodating and the procedure was quick with no pain!
- Rebekah C
Everyone was extremely nice and made me feel very relaxed
- Kellie C
So professional and caring
- Nancy M
Great friendly staff, when I left I felt informed of how to care for my root canal.
- Keyonna B
Holli made me so at ease and was so sweet. Explained exactly the procedure.
- Marty C
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