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.

 
 

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I would recommend Dr. Merchant to anyone who is need of a Endodontist.

- Winford L

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The office staff got me in the same day and Dr. Merchant relieves my pain while saving the tooth. I’m very appreciative of the quick service.

- Jeff M.

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Painless procedure. First ever root canal and it was a breeze. Highly recommended!!

- Dennis H

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Best service! Dr Merchant is knowledgeable and thorough and uses the best techniques and equipment. But at the same time very personable by taking the time to explain each procedure if you are interested or gets the job done fast if you're in a time crunch. Everybody in the office is extremely helpfull, Sarah was very impressive estimating each procedure times on each of my visits so acurately.

- Adrian B

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10 stars. Excellent service and staff.

- Fiona

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Overall an excellent experience - even though I was getting a root canal. The practice has state-of-the-art equipment and procedures. The doctor explained the procedure and performed it a very high standard. There were no complications. The staff was very professional.

- John F

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The entire staff is excellent and I wish I could come to Dr. Merchant for all my dental needs.

- Paula M

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Great staff and doctor. Highly recommend. It was amazing to watch the entire procedure.

- David W

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Wonderful

- Judy S

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Doctor Merchant is marvelous,caring and understanding. Thank you for saving my tooth I wae told not possible by an other dentist.

- SONNY S

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Excellent Care and professionalism at this office, and friendliness to boot! Great doc, great staff!

- BARBARA E

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Everything was terrific.

- Vic S

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Dr. Merchant’s office is amazing. I was referred here for two root canals and was pleased from the moment I called. I was in a lot of pain and they got me in right away. Such a nice, clean environment with friendly staff. Dr. Merchant was honest about what he needed to do, how much it would cost and made sure I wasn’t doing any extra, unnecessary work to waste my money. Top of the line equipment; I even got an email afterwards with photos taken of my teeth before/during/after root canals. I’ve been scared of root canals my whole life - I didn’t feel a thing and walked out feeling better than when I walked in. Immediate relief from hot/cold. So thankful for places like this to make unpleasant things so easy and painless. Thank you, Dr. Merchant and staff!

- Brooke P

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I have had two root canals done by Dr. Merchant in the past year. He answered all my questions prior to the procedures. He also kept me informed about what was going on during the procedure. Both procedures were painless and I had no pain or discomfort after the procedures. If you need to get a root canal done he is the best.

- Carla D

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This was a very painless procedure even though when I told my friends I was having a root canal they all grimaced. I would and have recommended Dr. Merchant to my friends. Thank you.

- Carol H

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Dr. Merchant and his staff were very caring, answered my questions and helped relieve my concerns I had about having a root canal procedure.

- Martha F

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More than satisfied with all care given.Thank you

- Susan R

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Wow! The clinic came highly recommended. Everyone was very friendly and Dr. Merchant should get 10 Stars!!

- Kathy P

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All of the staff were friendly, competent and courteous. Dr. Merchant was very personable, skilled and made me very comfortable during the procedure. I will recommend your group to all my friends who need your skills.

- LaVerne L

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Wonderful and caring staff and Dr Merchant's work is top notch. I would strongly recommend anyone who is in a need of an endodontist to see Dr Merchant. You will not be dissappointed with the A++ service.

- Maya Y

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