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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Dr Merchant and staff were amazing and made me feel very comfortable.

- Ursula C

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- Jeffrey S

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I was very impressed with the care I was given and the friendliness of the staff. Dr. Merchant was very understanding with my situation of being hard to numb. Great person!

- Urias B

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The doctor and entire staff graciously worked hours past the office closing time in order to accommodate my emergency situation.

- Colleen M

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Had to get 2 root canals and was not looking forward to this. But after it was done, it was (dare I say) a pleasurable experience. I had the headphones on and was under. When I came too, it was complete with no pain. Thank you for making this a easy procedure.

- frank g

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Good experience under difficult issue.

- Deborah C

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Excellent staff and Doctor is wonderful.

- Shaun S

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I would return to him in a heartbeat. He did a wonderful job. Was extremely pleasant too.

- Betty H

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Amazing staff and extraordinary care. I couldn't be happier with my experience. Highly recommended.

- Jim R

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Dr. Merchant and his team were awesome! I will definitely refer my friends and family to him if they need endodontic treatment. Thank you Dr. Merchant and Kerry!

- Sabrina R

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Completely painless root canal!

- Christine H

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Amazing work, thank you so much Dr. merchant and team, will refer you any chance I get!

- Briana G

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These folks are top of the line. Highly recommend them

- Jonathan D

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In my mind, there isn't another Endodontist in the area....Dr. Merchant and his staff are top notch and I will not go to anyone else.

- Jennifer J

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Wonderful office! Can't say I enjoyed having the root canal, but being surrounded by such kind and caring people made the experience so much easier! Thank you so much!

- Bobbie D

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Dr. Merchant was professional throughout my treatment for a tooth which resulted in root canal therapy. I had anticipated pain but felt none! Best root canal Doctor!

- Barb C

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I can not say enough wonderful things about your office. It was such a wonderful experience. The office staff, Kerry and Dr. Merchant are the very best!!!! Thank you for being so caring !!!!!

- Barbara Evans

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The best experience for a root canal I could possibly have! Dr Steve is super knowledgeable and skillful specialist ! His nice personality is an icing on a cake !

- Alina P

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I would highly recommend Dr. Merchant to anyone! Even hours after the feeling in my face came back, I didn't have much pain at all! That's crazy for having a root canal that has abcessed..... I Just don't know how to say it any clearer.... THE BEST!!! Thanks Y'all

- Monika C

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