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
The obvious statement: no one wants to get a root canal. I had already had the misfortune of having 3 root canals in my lifetime. This was to be my 4th. The unexpected statement: that was the best root canal ever! As Dr. Reynolds was treating my tooth, I was trying to think of the words to describe the work I could feel being done: words like thorough, deliberate, and meticulous. Leaving the office that day, I felt more than confident in the work of Dr. Reynolds. Also, and I can’t stress this strongly enough, at no time did Dr. Reynolds or his team even remotely make me feel that I, as the patient, was just next on the assembly line. Everyone in the office was genuinely helpful, kind, and empathetic. This was hugely important to me. May I never, ever need another root canal procedure in my lifetime, but if I do, I would go out of my way to see Dr. Reynolds.
- Colleen M
Very professional and prompt service. Procedure (Root Canal) was painless, no discomfort and very well done. A very professional office providing excellent care and service.
- Larry L
You guys are awesome! Thank you so much for everything!
- Catherine C
was very satisfied with staff, doctor, degree of the procedure, options discussed, overall experience. If I have to have this done again, I'll be back!
- Debra W
If you are reading this and HATE going to the Dentist or HATE having work done on your teeth then please read further....I HATE going to the Dentist because it seems like the problem I have turns into More then what I first came in with. Plus it takes many many shots to numb me in my mouth. With that being said. I went to see Dr. Reynolds after having a permanent crown put on, which (of course) caused me pain and I was told that in order to relieve the pain I needed a' ROOT CANAL'!! I was NOT Happy. I was upset and Very Very nervous having to go see Dr.Reynolds. He eased my concerns to a degree. The day of the procedure I was so nervous. Of course he had to give me 'Extra' shots to numb me, but once it kicked in everything was good to go. The procedure didn't take as long as I thought it would. I am still having a little discomfort and have to go BACK to see my dentist. but feel 98% that the discomfort I am having is minor and will go away soon. As For Dr.Reynolds and his staff...They were Wonderful and Once they start accepting our dental insurance I would go back to him if I had to in a heart beat. So if there are any scaredy carts out there, Trust me He Is Awesome 🙂
Dr Reynolds is very friendly and approachable. He puts you at ease and is very thorough on his explanation of necessary treatment, options and procedures. If you have to have a root canal, I would highly recommend Wake Forest Endodontics
- Karen L
I was a referral from Dr. Collins. Dr. Reynolds and his staff are extremely professional and genuinely courteous . I was highly impressed with Dr. Reynolds' skills. The office is very sterile and beautifully decorated. I would highly recommend Dr. Reynolds. Thank you Dr. Reynolds & staff for a pleasant visit. God Bless you Always.
- Gloria O
I have always believed in specialists for specific treatment needs. Dr. Reynolds and staff totally confirms just that!! When you are told that you need to possibly have a root canal and you have never had one, it is unsettling to say the least. If you are lucky enough to have your dentist refer you to a specialist like Dr. Reynolds to provide the treatment necessary is a blessing! A specialist can make something so dreaded turn into a normal dental procedure. Dr. Reynolds and his staff are a cut above the rest!!!! All questions are answered from,"Is it really necessary?", to your insurance benefits, to out of pocket expense. Beyond that it was obvious the experience, knowledge and confidence of this practice and provider! If you are at all anxious about the possibility of having a root canal this is your place! Look no further! The technology in this office was amazing! I just can't say enough how pleased my husband and I were with our endodontic experience here with Dr. Reynolds and lovely staff. I will refer anyone that I know to these kind people! Thank you again for such a wonderful experience!!
- Laurie A
Gentle and compassionate, I felt Dr. Jake and the staff genuinely cared about my comfort and I was very anxious after not having a good experience many years ago when I lived in another state.
- Dawn N
eynolds and his staff helped my son after he had a serious bike accident and needed a lot of work done on his teeth. The entire staff was so kind, supportive and reassuring through the entire process. They kept us both informed of the different steps involved and made my son feel comfortable and confident.
- Melissa D
Everything went smoothly, they make you feel comfortable through the whole process. Warm inviting atmosphere, very nice!! If I ever need them in the future I would not hesitate to call!
- Jennifer C
Dr. Reynolds and his staff took wonderful care of me.
- Dolores R
I am so glad I found the right doctor to relieve the pain that I was in. He and his team are the best!
- Franks C
I was very nervous about the root canal, but the doctor and his staff work great as a team. I was very comfortable being there.
- sandra s
Excellent experience very courteous and very professional
- Doug B
I dreaded this visit and it a non-event. I felt very valued as a patient and even the smallest details were attended to.
- Kelly A
Completely pain free! I had two root canals done at the same time and I was scared to death of the very idea of it. Dr. Reynolds and his staff really worked hard to make me comfortable, to ease my stress, and to make sure that I got the care I needed. I experienced no pain during the procedure and Dr. Reynolds was able to save my existing crown and my own tooth (no new crown needed!). How cool is that? Thank you, Dr. Reynolds!
- Tenessa P
Very positive experience from scheduling through post-op. Would not hesitate to come back and recommend to others.
- Mitchell P
Simply a top notch business with top notch people. Dr. Reynolds and the entire staff aim to make your visit is comfortable as possible--even when there for a root canal! From the minute you walk-in til the time you leave, you are treated with kindness and professional care. Couldn't recommend Dr. Reynolds and his practice more highly!
- Luke A
This was my first root canal experience and I was really nervous. I kind of knew what to expect, but with a tooth that had been hurting really bad for a few days I thought that there was no way that this procedure could be done without pain. I was wrong! Dr. Reynolds made sure that I was pain free and knew everything that he would be doing. I have had zero pain since having the root canal done which is amazing. I will definitely be recommending Dr. Reynolds and his staff to everyone I know.
- Sonia H