Root Canal Therapy

What is a root canal?

A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed, well over 14 million every year. This 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 treatment, and you probably will be comfortable returning to your normal routine.

An example of a healthy tooth
Healthy Tooth
A tooth anatomy diagram highlighting pulp dentin and canal
Tooth Anatomy
A visual of tooth inflammation showing tooth decay and a inflamed pulp
Inflammation
A representation of a tooth with its canals cleaned
Cleaned Canals
An illustration of root canal filling of a tooth
Filling Placed
An example of a tooth healed by root canal therapy
Healed Tooth

Endodontic Presentation

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.

Endodontic Presentation

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What happens after treatment?

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.

How much will it 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  less expensive than tooth removal and replacement with an artificial tooth.

 
 

Merchant Endodontics

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I was very nervous at first but after my initial appointment I feel alot more at ease and happy with all the work that has been done to my teeth. Thank you to Dr. Merchant

- Martha P

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I dreaded having to have a root canal because I was so fearful of the pain. This office made the experience pleasant and painless. Thank you so much

- Danielle R

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Top notch dental care with 21st century equipment.

- Anonymous

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It was such a positive experience. Thank you to everyone. I hope I never need to return, but if I need to, it will be to you.

- Nancy S

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Really fast, good energy and great service.

- Robert H.

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The doctor and all staff are very competent and friendly!

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I can't say enough about this practice. 100% satisfied. The best....period.

- Tony C

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Couldn’t have had a more perfect experience in one of our most dreaded procedures. The doctor and assistant worked seamlessly as one. I highly recommend this team of professionals.

- Janet C

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Dr. Merchant and his staff were great. I was able to easily schedule an appointment and get in for treatment within a couple of days. The procedure went well and the atmosphere in the office is friendly and relaxed.

- Mike G

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They saved me from my pain, late on a Friday I found I needed a root canal, they saw me and did the root canal right away.

- Linda H

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Highly skilled.

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Painless !!! Friendly staff. I highly recommend Dr. Merchant .

- Molly Merritt

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Outstanding job done by Dr. Merchant, took the time to explain the procedure and made feel very comfortable.

- David M

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I would recommend this dental office but would hate for you to get to busy and not have time for me

- Rebecca S

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Awesome friendly office! Exceptional Dr.

- Joann D

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Great experience! Would definitely recommend!

- Madeleine C

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Overall this was an easy process to go through thanks to the wonderful staff and Dr. Merchant. I would highly recommend this office to anyone who needed a specialized procedure.

- Andrea W

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It is remarkable how little discomfort I felt during such an invasive procedure. Many thanks to Dr. Merchant and his expertise. He's also a heck of a nice guy, very empathetic and attentive. His staff was also very polite and responsive. They are a great group and I would highly recommend them.

- Laura R

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Thank you for assisting us w care, follow up, and services when insurance was tapped. Staff exceptional.

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