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.
The tooth pain that brought me to your office was not pleasant but your staff and doctor made things better! Everyone was friendly, professional and lovely to deal with!
- Ashley F
Aside from my wait time, this was a wonderful experience. The staff was very professional but also very caring. If I ever need another root canal or any endodontic procedure, I will certainly return to this office.
- Vicki G
Awesome staff awesome Doctor if you can have a great experience with a root canal I had it!
- Michael E
I love Brookwood Endodontics, the atmosphere is “A”mazing! The Doctors and staff are very warming, friendly, proficient and professional.
- Shayla S
Wonderful experience for a root canal
- Brenda M
Very positive experience
- Kim W
Pleasant, comfortable atmosphere. Compassionate staff. Great set up with TV on swivelto watch while work done.
- Mary M
I love your mission statement that does make a difference in any health care. Krystal and all ladies were exceptional. I look forward to my next visit in a few weeks
- Debbie D
This was my first visit, but not my first root canal. Dr. Thomas and his staff were amazing! You can tell they are very compassionate towards their patients. They explained everything in detail about the process, which eased my mind. I would definitely recommend them to my friends and family. This was the best root canal experience I have had. I hope you never need a root canal, but if you do this is the place to go!
- Carrie L
Fast friendly care. Gr8 job
- Charlie V
Hope i dont need to go back again, but if I do I'd want the same team
- Scotty W
I’m sure in a dental practice that sees hundreds/thousands of patients over the years it’s a challenge to maintain some sense of individuality. Patients could easily become just another name or face or patient number. Dr Thomas and Keri did an outstanding job of treating me like I was the only patient they had and explained everything they were doing. They asked about my comfort during the procedure as well. My days of worring about the procedure was time wasted as the root canal was actually painless and over with quickly. I remain pain free several days post procedure as well. I’d highly recommend Dr Thomas to anyone seeking this procedure as he knows his craft quite well. Thanks
- David A
The entire staff was excellent. Dr. Thomas was great as well as Abby the dental assistant. They both talked me through the entire process and was super nice and professional. I was also greatful for the follow up call the next day. I would definitely recommend anyone needing their services to be sure to go to Brookwood Endodontics.
- Alysha W
Wonderful experience. Everyone was very professional and caring.
- Judy B
Even though this was my first Endodonitc procedure, I felt very comfortable. Staff was friendly and knowledgeable.
- Zachry E
The procedure was quick and comfortable. All was explained to me and professionally handled.
- Raymond H
Very pleased with my treatment. All of the staff were kind and caring. Was able to make a quick appointment. Definitely a professional and personal experience.
- Deborah P
Excellent facility, staff was very professional and nice. I got there 30 minutes early and was admitted a few minutes after I arrived. The root canal procedure was virtually painless thanks to Tara and Alexis and Dr. Collier. Thank you all for doing such a fantastic job!
- Mark R
Everything great from first call to procedure. All staff encountered were friendly and helpful. Nice to be able to fill out first visit forms online. Thanks for making what could be an unpleasant situation into a quick and painless visit.
- Hank B
Loved the atmosphere
- Martha L
Serving the areas nearby Birmingham and Tuscaloosa including:Northport AL • Cottondale AL • Brookwood AL • Lakeview AL • Greensboro ALHoover AL • Vestavia Hills AL