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 and Dr. Wikle 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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I was terrified but the procedure was painless and quick. Every person who interacted with me was so kind. I’d recommend and come back if ever needed.
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Although my first visit I experienced no problems and everything went very well.
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- Ariel B
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- Christine B
Excellent care by the staff and doctors. I appreciate them working me into their schedule on the spot. Dr. Thomas explained each part of the process to me and made sure I was comfortable. This practice is excellent at what they do.
- Carla W
Everyone was very professional. Staff members and doctors were very friendly and made me feel at home.
- Dennis W
Thank you for the excellent care
- Amelia M
Dr. Thomas made this experience very good, especially since dental work makes me uneasy. He was very reassuring, comforting and friendly.
- Mack R
Dr. Collier is a very good endodontist and I would recommend every time. I have been coming to him for many years. He is always personable and pleasant. The dental assistant and the x-ray tech was great this visit.
- NeCole W
I have no complaints. I would definitely recommend this establishment.
- Shannon M
I was in agony with an upper molar that needed a root canal. Going to Brookwood Endodontics was like going to heaven!
1. The office, waiting rooms are finely decorated and very comfortable;
2. The people were helpful, smiling, efficient and beautiful;
3. The view from the patient rooms was spectacular - you could see for ten miles!
4. The care was speedy, painless and highly professional.
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