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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The staff was great and explained everything perfectly. They made sure I was comfortable throughout

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Best ever!!! Thank you for getting me in as I was in such extreme pain, and thank you for trouble shooting to make double sure of my problem. Such great service with such compassionate care.

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Dr. Merchant is a master at his craft and both he and his staff are very professional. I’ve had two root canals done by him, both without any problems. If you need an endodontist, he’s your guy!

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Dr. Merchant is the best. Hands down . . . the best at what he does. This is very important to know when you need it the most. Highly recommended.

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Dr. Steven Merchant is the very best!!! Besides a great chair side manner, no matter how busy he is, he always spends quality time with each patient.  He is a great dentist who truly sees his patients as his extended family.  A true professional who takes a lot of pride in his work and keeps up with the latest dental techniques.

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I highly recommend the office. It's just a bit crowded and busy when the orthodontic patients are there.

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I would love to have this guy as my dentist full time. Great guy and great staff

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I’m Very happy with Dr. merchant works & care.

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Dr. Merchant does amazing work and was so accommodating fitting me in at the end of the day. I was so grateful because I was in tremendous pain. All staff start to finish were friendly and efficient. The dental assistant is about the best I've ever seen- very reassuring and confident as well as organized and efficient- 10 stars!

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Not being from California I was worried about finding someone that I trusted. From the moment I called, and they got me in for a root canal treatment, I felt comfortable and confident things were going to be OK. I would definitely recommend Dr. Merchant to anyone that needed endodontics treatment. Excellent service, willingness to accommodate your situation, and takes dental insurance.

- Julie J

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Friendly and professional service. Extremely happy with my care.

- Steven Z

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Will definitely return to Dr. Merchant if I need endodontic work in the future.

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Great experience. Recommend.

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Wonderful experience and we are talking about a root canal people! 🙂

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The procedure was completely painless. The doctor did an outstanding job.

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