What is a root canal?
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. This 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. We 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 root canal 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.
What happens after root canal treatment?
When your root canal therapy has been completed, a record of your treatment will be sent to your general dentist. You should contact their office for a follow-up restoration within a few weeks of completion at our office. Your general 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.
How much will root canal treatment cost?
The cost associated with this procedure 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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My root canal was painless and would definitely use Dr. McEntire again if needed. Very patient and made sure I was comfortable the whole time.
- Georgia C
Palmetto Endodontics has a great and relaxing atmosphere! Dr. Spitz was great and really made me relaxed during the root canal. So much, that I actually ell asleep!!!
- david k
I was in the medical field for over 30 years before retirement. Dr Spitz is among the most competent, caring, and professional person I have ever dealt with. I had a root canal done today and it could not have gone better! I would not even think about going anywhere else for endodontic care.
- Donald G
I would absolutely recommend Dr. Spitz to anyone that has fear of dentistry, She was amazing!!! Loved the staff. Loved her tiny delicate hands.
- Susan m
Nobody wants to get a Root Canal. I’ll tell you this I have had several over the years and this by far was the best experience I have ever had. I was in and out of the office in record time. The quality of work cannot be matched. The staff was AMAZING. They made sure I was extremely comfortable throughout the entire procedure. I kept waiting for the pain to hit. I’m still waiting. It was Virtually painless. I recommend Palmetto Endodontics to anyone looking for a PAIN FREE PROFESSIONAL Dental experience.
- Raleigh H