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.
Best experience we have ever had with a dental visit! Dr. Collier and Bailey were very, very good with my daughter which made her first root canal not so bad. I was very pleased with the whole experience from the time we walked in the door till the time we walked out.
- Lyda M
Thanks for making an unpleasant event as easy as could be!
- ChrisAnn W
Baily and Dr Thomas were great!!!!
- Jeffrey J
Dr Thomas and staff was great
- Kimberly P
Excellent work. Great staff. Focused and caring.
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- Sharon J
They are always so friendly and make you comfortable and at ease. I couldn't ask for better. I highly recommend them.
- Karen O
Dr Thomas and his staff were very professional when I had my root canal. I was very pleased with the outcome of the procedure. I would highly recommend is facility.
- Jerrie H
Warm friendly atmosphere, too early to tell how well everthing will take to healing and dependability
- Rob W
I felt safe and my care was excellent. I felt like a preferred customer!
- Benjamin B
Very professional and courteous. They Make you feel at ease. Their system just works. You can tell they care about thier patients.
- Kim Y
Staff was very nice, taking care of every need. thanks for your follow up call, too
- Mary D
Excellent experience everyone was very nice. Dr Powell and his staff are the best!!
- Reyshunti J
This was my best experience with a dentist in my whole life! I have severe dental anxiety and they made me feel at ease and comfortable during the whole visit. They showed great compassion and understanding. I would recommend them to anyone!
- Kaylyn S
Friendliest and most caring staff I have ever used. Great Dr too!!!
- Don M
Great dental experience !
- John W
Dr. John Collier was so kind and did an excellant job. I felt no pain during or after each root canal. He took care of two teeth that could have been a very serious problem for me. He did an outstanding job and I am very thankful! I would highly recommend him to anyone!
- Linda J
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