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

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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Second time going to him, professional and a good experience.

- Patricia C

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Dr Merchant, You and your staff did a great job on my root canal. As most people have anxiety over dental work like me you did a great job in doing the work and getting it done. I would definitely refer you to anyone who needs a root canal. Thanks again to you and your team

- Brian W

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Great place even if it’s a endodontics office

- Pat E

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the office was really nice and clean. It had a friendly atmosphere. And the waiting room was set up very nice and it was cozy atmosphere. I think it helped out that I was in a lot of pain so I wanted to get seated and worked on right away. And now my tooth feels way better. Thank you for your hard work and patience.

- Russell P

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Job well done. No waiting for scheduled appointment. Was informed on every part of the procedure. No pain at all. Thanks to Doctor and his Staff for a positive experience.

- Dianne R

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Thank you so much for all the TLC during my recent THREE visits for root canals. I'm finally felling much better and I so appreciate it!

- Christina R

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Dr. Merchant and staff were exceptional. Bad experiences at the dentist as a child, left me with an irrational fear of all dentists. This was my first root canal and have heard horror stories from family and friends. I can write, that the entire process was painless and comfortable. Dr. Merchant and explained the procedure and staff did a great job making me feel comfortable. Even though I hope to never visit Dr. Merchant and staff professionally (no more root canals!), i would most definitely recommend their services to all. Thank you Dr. Merchant and staff!!

- Oscar A

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I would recommend Dr Merchant to anyone needing endodontic work

- Carole F

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I was impressed with the efficiency and explanations of what was transpiring throughout the procedure. Thank you for fitting me in quickly.

- Charles P

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Thank you for your kindly service!

- Selina C

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I can't thank you guys enough.. I was in horrific pain and you got me in within 2 hours.. Fixed my problem and i woke up the next morning feeling like a million dollars. Thanks to Steve and all of Team Merchant.. I am extremely grateful. Rob

- Rob P

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Dr. Merchant and Staff were awesome!

- Jessica U

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What a fantastic experience. I had not looked forward to the visits but was amazed at how smooth and painless my visits were. Very knowledgeable and super friendly staff. The best in the business.

- Lisa T

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Great experience. Needed a root canal and it was painless

- Jennifer M

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Such a professional office on all levels. So impressed with the kindness and competence of everyone one from office staff to Dr Merchant.

- Linda J

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Great place to go. Took me in with no appt and stayed late. Thanks.

- Ken R

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Very friendly and professional staff. Dr Merchant very caring and effective. Feel I was kept constantly informed and no question went unanswered. Enjoyed my visit!

- Dirk D

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I am very lucky to have Dr. Merchant as my Endodontist. I trust his judgement and his surgery experience. Hi is honest.

- John G L

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VEry pleased with the entire staff and doctor. What could be an awful experience was actually quite interesting with the use of modern technology and confident staff. I walked out with a smile! Thanks again,

- Kathy J

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The best from the best!!!! This was my 3rd root canal and I would never go to anyone else. Wow what a difference from the others I had from other doctors. I was so blessed that they came in on their day off to make sure I did not go through another day in pain. Dr. Merchant takes his time explaining at a level to be able to thoroughly understand what it is he is and has done.

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