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 procedures, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to root canal therapy are discussed.

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 referred here by my normal dentist and had a very positive experience getting my Root Canal at Merchant. They made the process as painless as possible and would highly recommend them to anyone needing an endodontist.

- Christopher C

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Very professional and state of art technology. I would recommend to anyone needing Endodontics services.

- Kurt E

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Excellent overall experience with Dr. Merchant and his staff. He and his team provided a thorough exam prior to performing the root canal. Three days after the initial exam the procedure was performed painlessly in about an hour.

- Michael R

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Very professional. We really know what they're doing and they're extremely patient and kind. They made the experience very tolerable. I definitely recommend them for future endodontic care.

- Scott O

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The office was very accommodating to allow for a quick same day appointment needed. I was impressed by both Cortney and Dr. Merchant by their way to communicate and explain where they were in the process of the procedure and what was coming next. I typically do not write reviews but thought the service was exceptional (or at least as exceptional as a root canal can be:) )

- Brad S

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I was very impressed with the total experience I had in Dr. Merchant’s office. Not only was the staff amiable, Dr. Merchant took the time to show me many pictures of my tooth and explained the process of my root canal. I felt that as a patient I truly mattered. Once I returned home, I received an email from Dr. Merchant with a summary of the dental work completed. Thank you, Dr. Merchant and staff.

- Connie C

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By far a great dental experience . Was treated with kindness an felt valued . All was explained in layman’s terms and everyone was extremely thoughtful!Thank You!

- Elizabeth P

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Everyone made the experience so doable! I never did meet the doctor, I was in lala land. He did a great job, absolutely no pain after, his Dr wife was very calming and sweet, thank you!!!

- Jeanne C

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Staff and doctors were courteous and professional from the start and throughout the treatment process. Appreciated the map with clear directions on how to find the office prior to arrival:)! The consult with Dr. Kimberly clarified my problem and why a root canal was necessary. Dr. Steven completed the procedure without ANY pain! Thank you, Merchant Endodontics:)!

- Decemna T

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Fantastic experience. Extremely professional, courteous, and very friendly. Very open and willing to explain procedures in details.

- Anonymous

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They got me in super quick and it was painless. They also followed up the day after to make sure I was not in pain. They go above and beyond!!

- Kayla C

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Fantastic office staff with superb dentists!

- Lawrence L

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I highly recommend Dr. Merchant. He couldn't have been nicer and did a great job on my tooth. They squeezed me in to take care of a very painful tooth.

- Steve B

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I realize I’m a high maintenance patient and a big baby, but this was as pleasant as could be. I had immediate relief and am very thankful for everything. Thank you!

- Sandy W

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Great service

- Frank B

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My nerves were shot walking in with the word ROOT CANAL. I am here to share that this experience was amazing! From beginning to end. Worth every penny! Level pain 0-1, my nerves were the worst part of experience. Once I realized Dr was a pro I relaxed. He came in worked on me and done so fast. I’m grateful. NO pain people. Dr was very confident thus making me feel at ease. Thank you all for such new way of thinking when it comes to dental work.

- Gina P

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My regular dentist referred me to Dr. Steven Merchant for his services after discovering that a root canal previously done by another endodontist had failed, causing 2 teeth to develop an infection. So let's say I was not a happy girl when this came to light but even more I am a girl who is terrified of dental work due to a poor experience years ago. With that said, I was beyond anxious to seek Dr. Merchant's help but I had to take care of the issue. After seeing Dr. Merchant for both consultation and appointment for services, I feel he is very skilled and trustworthy, he made it so easy. I am very confident in saying that he is the TOP in his field. He and his staff took excellent care of me. Very Grateful.

- Susan M

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Had a great experience with my root canal procedure. Was able to keep the original tooth! Everyone was very friendly and professional and gave me options on my treatments. Everything was painless and quick!

- Justin B

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What a great experience I had at Merchant Endodontics! Drs. Kimberly and Steven Merchant are outstanding. They went out of their way to "fit me in" and did an emergency root canal, giving me near immediate relief from significant pain. The entire staff, including the front office, and especially the Dental Assistants made me very comfortable. This is a extremely caring, clean practice, with all the latest equipment. I would be happy to recommend my friends to the Merchant practice. Many thanks to everyone!

- Wells P

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The doctors, the staff...couldn't ask for a more friendly and competent group of people to care for my dental issues.

- Chuck P

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