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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I was terrified about having a root canal from the stories I was told by others. I can honestly say that they were all wrong! The procedure was painless, and my doctor (Mayes McEntire) did an awesome job in performing my root canal. He demonstrated so much compassion, and that took the fear completely away. I had the best experience. Many thanks to the staff and my wonderful doctor for taking good care of me. I will definitely recommend Palmetto Endodontics to everyone.
- Brenda D
Great office and great staff
- John B
Great experience and pain free! Appreciated the quick appointment for my painful tooth!
- Daniel H
I had not had a root canal in many years and the last one was traumatic, I was terrified. Dr. Barrett and his staff were so great. During the procedure he and his assistant were such a well oiled machine that he only asked her for anything specific twice. And the front office staff even turned up the A/C when I mentioned that I had forgotten my sweater, and they brought me a blanket to the procedure room! I could not have asked for a better experience.
- Georgia H
Overall my experience was FANTASTIC. I am from out of town and was afraid that any office I visited would require I do a consult and then schedule the root canal for day later, but to my amazement palmetto endodontics was able to see me and perform the root canal all on the same day. The actual procedure was excellent as well. I practically fell asleep it was so painless. The methods and technologies used seemed up to date and made for such a pleasant experience that I question why my regular dentist can't meet these standards. They even were sweet to my wife and son while they waited in the waiting room for me. Overall I am SO happy with my experience and cannot recommend them enough.
- Steven B