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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Excellent service

- Corless C

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I can’t express how pleased I was with the root canal procedure! Dr. Merchant performed my surgery with such ease and precision! His assistants were very kind and knowledgeable of their duties. I thought I’d be in agony when the novocaine wore off but I wasn’t! I didn’t even need to take pain reliever!

- Antoinette T

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All great.

- Tom H

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Merchant Endodontics is a first class Endodontic dental practice. Everything about this practice is first class. Steven’s patient manner, treatment, his staff and assistant, equipment, procedural methodology are all exceptional and he goes above and beyond to minimize the discomfort of the procedures he carries out. I have no hesitation in recommending him.

- Bryan S

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Dr Merchant and his team went out of their way to squeeze me in for a root canal when I was in a lot of pain. They stayed late and took great care of me. They made the situation very seem less and easy, when I was stressed out and in a lot of pain. I definitively will refer Dr Merchant to others and come back if I need to. Thank you guys for all your help!

- Greg H

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Dr Merchant is truly a BLESSING!!! I have never had work done where I didn’t need a second Novocaine injection and I had NO pain at all throughout the entire process. Dr Merchants skills are off the charts, he has all the modern updated equipment and THE BEST bedside manner I have ever seen!!! Thank you Dr Merchant for your top notch skills and for your dedication to your profession that is absolutely above and beyond!!!

- Kathleen F

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Courteous staff. Great Dr.

- Felix V

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10/10 experience. With being a missionary I didn’t have a lot of time to get my teeth fixed but the staff and doctor worked effectively and efficiently to have my teeth feeling better before I left. Truly blessed with the service

- Trinity F

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My experience today was well above reproach! America has lost focus on serving others. This facility and its staff got it right!! I am willing to recommend this place to All my friends and others happily. 5 stars all the way!

- Klavdiya S

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About as pleasant as a root canal could possibly be

- Ruthie W

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I was apprehensive about having another root canal, as my first one was so painful. I discussed my concerns with Dr. Merchant and he was sure to ease those worries. The procedure was virtually painless. I NEVER post reviews unless I absolutely feel it is necessary, and in this case, I had to post this POSITIVE review.

- Christine S

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Dr. Merchant is a grounded with ZERO pretentiousness. His compassion shines through. He has created a great office culture and is an outstanding at what he does. Seriously - A GREAT DENTAL EXPERIENCE!!! GO HERE FIRST. I wish I would have. You won't regret it.

- Phil B

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Pain free

- Patricia D

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Excellent service and results

- Woodson B

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You are all amazing. I am an anxious dental patient and you always make me wonder why when we’re done. Because from start to finish you make it easy and take great care of me. Thank you.

- Christine D

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It's not often you come out smiling from a complicated root canal but the standard of care and use of technology made what traditionally has been a timely and invasive experience to be being quick and relatively easy. Can't recommend Dr. Merchant enough.

- Kyle Q

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Dr Merchant and his staff were so kind and caring. They are first in class and I would highly recommend them to friends and family.

- Julie A

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Excellent service, nice staff. Highly recommended!

- Todd G

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I was extremely impressed with the entire experience. I had root canal therapy on two teeth, which I had not expected, but I had no pain nor discomfort during nor after the procedure. The doctor and staff explained everything to me in lay detail and the equipment and technology used seemed to be very current.

- Deon A

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Doc Merchant is THE BEST. Has saved teeth that other dentists told me I would lose. Premium treatment, fast, professional, caring. I would never go anywhere else - and will be flying my mom and sister cross country specifically to see him. Awesome. 100 stars.

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