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.
Even though I had a root canal done, every thing went very good. The doctor was very nice and made sure I was comfortable. The staff was very nice and helped me with my insurance company to make sure of what was covered. I really appreciated all of their help.
- Charlotte L
Amazing Service! I was traveling from out of town and my tooth cracked. They fit me right in. Doctor Wikle and Lauren made me feel like I have been a patient for years. They also genuinely care about you as a person and make sure they are giving you the best treatment you need! Atmosphere is so relaxing!! Thank you to all!!
- Jo Y
Everyone was great to deal with as always. Had BAD abscess & called that morning & they worked me in that afternoon. That was my third root canal with them & would recommend them anytime.
- Doug P
Highly recommend this practice to anyone who needs great dental care!
- Kevin A
Dr Collier and Tiffany were very caring and treated me like I had been a long time patient. I was referred by Pelham Dental and was a "work in" as I was in a great deal of pain when putting anything hot in my mouth. I want to thank the complete staff for the quick care and treatment as it was a great experience in these times!
- Dwayne J
great experience would absolutely come back and very professional staff, dr was great
- Ronda M
My overall experience is second to none. I do not live in the area and I would travel here for any dentistry would I need from this point forward. From the beginning to the end everyone was courteous and friendly, it may have been a root canal appointment but it was one of the best dentist appointment I have every had. Please don’t change!
- Tamara P
Amazing doctor and Staff. My nurse was awesome felt like I was catching up with a friend. Fast service with excellent work.
- C T
I had a great time and the procedure was done quickly. I felt comfortable the whole time and the doctor and assistant we're very informative of what I should do and made sure I was to call them back if I needed anything at all.
- Bushra G
The Brookwood Endodontics is an outstanding place. The staff are AWESOME!
- Debora N
Shelby and Dr. Thomas were awesome!! Kind, friendly, professional care from the best! Highly recommend!
- Angel R
Very Professional.I had never had a root canal before.Dr.Thomas said his goal was no discomfort and an excellent result.Both were achieved.It has been over 24 hours and I have not had to take a pain pill.They even did a follow up to see how I was doing today 24 hours after procedure .Very friendly and clean atmosphere
- Arthur W
Professional, friendly, and very much appreciated for making themselves accessible when I needed them and working late to take care of my need.
- Norma S
The best care I ever seen staff and doctor are very professional
- Luis Sira
Great experience! Staff was extra friendly. Make you feel comfortable and welcomed.
- Karla K
It was a very pleasant visit.
- Michelle S
Everyone was super nice and safe.
- Elizabeth A
- Kimberly D
Everyone involved with my root canal procedure were outstanding.
- James G
Friendly staff, pleasant experience.
- Paulette E
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