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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- Benjamin J
Dr. Thomas was excellent. He was very professional and my procedure went better than I could have hoped for.
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The entire staff went above and beyond to make sure my experience was great from start to finish. Kayla helped calm my nerves while the procedure was going on and even wiped my tears as the pregnancy hormones kicked in. Thanks again for everything!!
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Normally dental procedures give me a lot of anxiety; however, I have never been as calm as I was getting my root canal here. I did not experience any pain during or really even after the procedure. The staff made me feel very comfortable and were very professional!
- Claire G
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Scheduling was easy. Dr. Kaple and Shelby were great. My procedure went well and I had no pain afterwards. I would highly recommend this dental practice.
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FIRST VISIT TO THIS PARTICULAR PRACTICE AND DENTIST. AS A PARTICULARLY NERVOUS AND ANXIOUS DENTAL PATIENT WHO ALREADY SUFFERS WITH A NEUROLOGICAL CONDITION. DR. POWELL AND HIS ASSISTANT WERE INFINITELY PATIENT AND UNDERSTANDING EVEN WHEN THEY HAD TO STOP TREATMENT IN PROGRESS AS I WAS SUFFERING MUSCLE SPASMS AND PSEUDO SEIZURES. THEY MADE SURE THAT THE EVENT HAD PASSED AND I WAS SAFE AND COMFORTABLE TO PROCEED FURTHER, ULTIMATELY THROUGH TO CONCLUSION.
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I was very pleased with everyone in the office. They all made me at ease which is great because I have a fear of dentist because of some bad experiences is the past.
- Robin M
The entire staff was very friendly, professional, and caring.
- Al S
Dr Kaple made me feel very comfortable about the root canal procedure. Everything was explained clearly and the whole experience was good.
- Donna L
I am very satisfied with my visit and will definitely recommend to others! Thank you for everything!!
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- William L
My root canal experience was great and they answered all of my questions.
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I had to have a root canal and the staff made the experience excellent.
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