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 simple 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.
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 much less expensive than tooth removal and replacement with an artificial tooth.
Wake Forest Endodontics
I was very pleased with the entire experience and want to send along my sincere thanks to entire team at Wake Forest Endodontics, especially Dr. Pettit, the dental assistants, especially Rachel and the office staff who helped make this a successful visit for me. I would highly recommend Wake Forest Endodontics to anyone who needs this type of dental service.
- Edward D
I have a paralyzing fear of the dentist so the idea of a root canal created intense anxiety. Dr. Reynolds and his staff were kind and compassionate and it wasn’t nearly as bad as I had envisioned!
- Stephanie B
Melinda was my hero, she kept me calm throughout the entire procedure... When I'm in the dental chair, I'm 4 years old again and it's just not pretty, but Dr. Reynolds and Melinda put me right at ease and before I knew it, the root canal was finished. You guys are the BEST!
- Pam W
I am a dental patient with high anxiety and fear and I was extremely comfortable through the whole root canal procedure. The staff was wonderful and they take great care of their patients.
- Heather C
I guarantee anyone that this will be the best dental experience you will ever have. I had a root canal done and it was completely painless during and after the procedure. I so appreciated the before and after pictures with an explanation of the what was done. Dr. Reynolds is so very pleasant as is his staff.
- Karen T
I was very well pleased with the service from the time I came in till I left . They made me feel very comfortable .
- Charlie W
I highly recommend this practice to anyone that has a bit of fear with dental procedures. I have never had anything but fillings done at a dentist office, nothing like a root canal, and they made me feel comfortable and pretty much pain free. Very professional and nice.
- Lisa L
This was my first root canal and I cant believe that I could have had a better experience anyplace. My health history required that I take an antibiotic, which I had not taken ,and Dr. Reynolds made sure that I had it before he stared the exam. He had my confidence right then and there.He and his staff were the most professional that I have known..Not one negative thing did I experience..I didn’t feel pain before or after the procedure. I would recommend this practice 100%!
- Brenda M
De, Reynolds and his staff by far, exceeded any expectations I placed on Root Canal Treatment. Lets face it, not a pretty procedure. I have been to many Endo docs in several states over time and this one was 'Top Shelf' !!!! Hats off to ALL ! Clayton Wilkes
- Clayton W
Would highly recommend this practice to everyone! Very informative, cared that I was scared and in pain and made me comfortable and did the work. I have had numerous root canals and this was by far the easiest. Very professional and caring.
- Catherine B
The entire staff was very helpful and friendly. This was my first root canal and at my age, I was very nervous. Dr. Reynolds was very calming and explained everthing to me. The process was pain free and quick. Thanks to the entire team.
- Bob G
When it comes to any dentistry...I am the absolute worst! But Dr. Reynolds is the "Real MVP". My services was customized just for me! Today made my 2nd visit and second root canal procedure. 5-Stars hands down! I have made a Facebook and Twitter post about the service that I have received from Dr. Jake Reynolds and staff. Don't hesitate...come and let this team get you back on track! They are the best! OT
- Orlando T
Dr. Reynolds is a master at what he does, while he was performing my root canal I was so at ease that I slept during the procedure, didn't feel like he was rushing, he has a very soothing voice and is very caring to his patients needs. It was a bit of a drive for me but so worth it. thank you for your kind heart, may God reward you Dr. Reynolds.
- Liria H
I'm very pleased to recommend Dr. Reynolds.
- Justin F
Dr. Reynolds & his staff are amazing! I would rather have a root canal with Dr. Reynolds than have my teeth cleaned. I absolutely recommend this practice. I am so grateful.
- Amanda A
Wake Forest Endodontics is a professional office that provided me excellent care and service. I am so thankful they were able to relieve me from pain so promptly.The procedure was explained in detail both before and after with images. I highly recommend Dr. Reynolds. Thank you Wake Forest Endodontics !!
- Lee B
Being a medical professional, I am keenly aware of essentials of superior medical care in competency of clinicians, licensure, credentialing, environmental/ infection control and standards of care. Simply put, it doesn't get any better than Dr. Reynolds and his fine staff. The environment is immaculate Zen-like with state-of-the-art equipment. The staff are responsive, caring and focused on your comfort. Dr. Reynolds has the unique combination of unsurpassed skills and personal warmth found rarely in today's medical arena. My desperate call was immediately returned by Cindy after-hours. Dr. Reynolds made it clear I had access to him at any time. The procedure was as painless and as fast as possible and most importantly, I awoke this morning without the dreaded daily cluster headache and enjoyed a cup of hot coffee without becoming unglued! Thank you so much!
- Anita T
Experience flawless from everyone, special thanks to dental assistant for being very patient.
- James E
The best experience I have ever had with any dental work. All work and expenses were fully explained. The care was A++ and I appreciate everyone in the office for their attention and skill level. Dr. Reynolds was not "fake" chatty, but kept me informed of the process and the final results. Bottom line, his work made me feel better within 12 hours and I have had no issues since. Thanks!
- Michael S
DR. Reynolds and his assistance explain my root canal step my step before and after the precedure, every thing was great
- Charlie B