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.
My doctor was fantastic. He was kind and did wonderful work - my procedure was very quick and I had excellent pain control. His assistant was also fantastic. I could not ask for a better experience.
- Lauren S
Well done! Great operation!
- Sean R
I highly recommend this place!
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- Linda L
Made my comfort a priority. Reassured me about the procedure. Checked in with me at home the next day. Made sure I understood the directions for care that I would perform at home.
- Karen H
Best service and care!
- Brandi L
Should I need additional treatment I will definitely use Brookwood Endodontics. I was in pain so I was able to be worked in the day I called. Dr. Thomas, his assistant, Stephanie and everyone I came in contact with was very kind and helpful.
- Jerry H
Great experience for a bad situation!
- Charles G
While a root canal is never fun, this was the best experience I could have hoped for and I felt at ease the entire time. I appreciate the staff’s demonstrated care and empathy from check-in to check-out.
- Bethany C
The most calm and relaxed I have ever been in a specialist office. Great eye contact and knowledgeable staff,
- Mary B
If I had to get another root canal (and I mean this) Brookwood Endodonics is my first choice.
- James N
Olivia and Dr Wikle did a great job, very professional and respectful.
- Michael D
They do an excellent job of making an unpleasant procedure as pleasant as possible.
- Linda J
Dr. Thomas and his staff are the best! He has always done a fantastic job on my teeth! I trust him, and there’s no one better in my opinion!
- Mamie M
No discomfort during entire procedure.
- Loy C
- Brandy H
Dr. Powell and his staff are wonderful!! Having a root canal is no fun, but they all make it as pleasant as possible. I wouldn’t go anywhere else! Dr. Powell is the BEST!!
- Stephanie V
Couldn't be more satisfied. Thanks for working me in quickly and for a painless procedure.
- Lisbeth W
Dr. Thomas and his team were truly a blessing to me. I endured 2wks of pain due to a tooth infection that was causing severe cranial nerve pain on the right side of my face. His team was able to work me into their schedule and I appreciate it. For once in 2wks I can enjoy food and time with my child. Thank you!!
- Stephanie B
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