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.
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- Hunter C
I guess the best part of my appointment was the end when I received a coupon for a free Smoothie King & one for my husband who patiently waited while I was receiving my root canal. I must also add the receptionist (Emily?) was very pleasant and smiled!! My call this morning asking how I was doing was pleasant as well. The staff that I encountered was more than professional, they seemed like caring humans & that I was important… overall, good experience…….would highly recommend your dental services…
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- Albert D
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- Ed G
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my root canal dental problem.
- Carol D
Even though my visit was rough due to the condition in which I was there, they really did do their best to make me most comfortable. They took care of me. If needed I would go back, but I hope I don't have to return. 🙂
- Lena P
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Great overall experience. Doctor and assistant were very good and made the whole experience painless.
- Karl M
Overall experience was exceptional. They worked me in as an emergency and I am extremely grateful.
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- Ernest M
Very good experience considering I was there for a root canal. Staff was great... Dr was very kind and attentive and even relaxing with conversations... TV on ceiling was a nice addition... I even had the opportunity to watch the actual procedure in real time which I did. This is optional of course. Hope I don't need another root canal but if I do, this is definitely where I will be coming.
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