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.
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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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I have severe anxiety about dental procedures. Dealing with office closures and scaled back operations amid the COVID 19 crises was not the time to have extreme tooth pain. Dr. McEntire did an emergency consultation and determined I needed a root canal. He and his staff were so professional and compassionate. They explained every step of the procedure and checked on my anxiety level throughout. I had never had a root canal and did not know what to expect. I am petrified of needles and pain, but the whole process was a pleasant surprise. The only discomfort I experienced was the pinch of the initial injection. I highly recommend this great group of professionals!
- Debbie B
I had a wonderful experience with the staff and the doctor did an outstanding job.
- Charlene T
I had recently experienced some specific tooth pain. After being diagnosed needing a root canal on 2/24 the attending dentist could not perform the procedure until 3/4, therefore referring me to Palmetto Endodontics. I was given a copy of my diagnosis, referral, and xrays and took them to Palmetto Endodontics on 2/25 and presented them to Emily. She coordinated my scheduling for this procedure with Dr.McEntire and they worked me in the same day. I am not one who looks forward to going to the dentist; however, if I had to go, especially for this procedure, this is the place. They made the entire process a very pleasant experience. My thanks go out to Dr. McEntire, Emily, and the entire staff.
- Dennis H
I have had many root canals and as usual, I was a nervous mess sitting in the office. After all was said and done the Reception was great, friendly and very professional. The doctor was all business and did a great job. The billing dept was efficient and this Dr definitely gets an A+.
- Kathy N
Having a root canal in my mind was going to be a nightmare, but my experience was A-Maze-ing I didn’t have any pain during the entire process. Maze and his staff were outstanding Thanks Maze for the unexpected pleasurable experience.
- Michael Y