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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Wonderful doctor and staff! Thank you, Dr. McEntire for putting me at ease. You were patient and gentle with someone who was apprehensive about having a root canal. I hope not to need your services again, but if I do, you will be the one I choose.
- Amy H
overall experience was great, everyone in the office and doctor made me feel comfortable and my procedure went more smoothly then anticipated. Thank you all for everything!
- Meaghan F
i love them!!!!!!!!!!!
- Mariah B
No one enjoys the root canal process; however, if you need one go to Palmetto Endodonitics. All of their staff members are professional, skillful and caring. Dr McEntire was excellent. I feel fine one day after the procedure. No pain or soreness. I would recommend you make an appointment with them or ask your primary dentist to refer you to their practice if you need any of their services.
- Jane S
Dr. Barrett definitely knows what he is doing! He made sure that I was comfortable throughout my procedure - I can't believe that I had a "painless root canal!" I was nervous ahead of time, but am very pleased with the overall experience. I hope that I do not need more root canals, but I know that I will be returning to Dr. Barrett if I do!
- Tom E