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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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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- Sarah T

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Really relaxing atmosphere staff was understanding and friendly super friendly

- Ray

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Great experience with Dr. Merchant and his assistant. Very professional and my root canal was painfree.

- Jennifer M

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If you need a endodontic work, Dr. Merchant is the man to see and his staff is great also.

- RON O

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AMAZING Doctor and Staff!!!!

- Robin P

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Very good

- William S

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A very good experience. Dr. Merchant was great.

- John M

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Dr. Merchant is awesome. I am very happy that I find him and recommend him to all of my friends and relatives.

- Fariba T

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The whole process was smooth and quick. Use of Trizolam was perfect.

- Trevor X

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Great experience! Dr. Merchant and his staff were all so nice and accommodating. Dr. Merchant was caring and clear during the consultation, and his work was excellent.

- Christopher W

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Very thorough and good follow through re: recovery! Very open to call or return to the office re: "any problems.@

- Katherine Smith-Brooks S

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Quickest most painless root canal I have ever had (and I've had quite a few!) Very efficient and an obvious expert at what he does!

- Lauren J

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I been treated by four different endodontists in North County, and Dr. Merchant is my favorite (by far)! He listens to my concerns, shows diligence in being careful and thorough throughout the treatment process, and makes every effort to make the experience as painless as possible. His staff is very aware that patients contacting the office are often in extreme pain, and they make every effort to schedule appointments ASAP.

- Laurel Bancroft

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