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
Dr. Jake Reynolds was friendly and professional and so was the rest of the staff. He double checked my diagnosis for having an abscess behind my tooth before beginning and made sure to check all his work to ensure things were going correctly both during and after the procedure. He even fixed a tiny cavity I had on the tooth in question free of charge during the procedure. This was my first root canal, and due to popular culture I was not exactly looking forward to the horrors I'd heard about having root canals done. Nonetheless, the procedure itself really wasn't bad at all. There was no pain during the procedure and the staff made sure I was comfortable during it.
- Matthew W
Very Pleased! No pain after procedure just soreness, as expected, and therefore, no required follow-up meds. Highly recomended.
- Joye L
I was quite happy with the dental treatment received. The dentist assistant was also thorough in explaining the procedure that was performed and the after treatment for pain management.
- Nestar W
Dr. Reynolds and his staff made getting a root canal practically a pleasant experience!
- Ashton S
Overall experience was excellent - was referred by primary dentist because it was questionable if tooth could be saved. Dr. Reynolds saved the tooth. He and his assistant worked like clock work together. His hands had the rhythm of a symphony conductor as he performed the root canal procedure.You could tell that he was into his craft and enjoyed his work. He explained what he was going to do ahead of time and also during the procedure.Equipment was high tech and he even shared with me the before and after picture on the monitor when the procedure was complete. I have and will continue to recommend Dr. Reynolds to friends and coworkers.
- Patrick H
Overall, very good experience. The Doctor was very informative and detailed with his procedure. In fact, he had to "go back in" and fill another nerve that he found after it was sealed. The dental assistant was excellent; very friendly and comforting. The negative was that the receptionist came in to my room to get my method of payment while I was waiting on the doctor. This could have (should have) been done before or after the procedure; in my opinion, that was not professional.
- Andrew B
Everything want great
- Washington C
Overall, very good work.
- Rickey J
I was so very pleased with everyone and had no pain whatsoever during or after my root canal.
- Judy G
Everything went super easy
- Milton W
When I had just finished paying $1325 and was given my shots, I was asked if I wanted some "oxygen/nitrous oxide" and I replied yes. I waited a while, and was informed I needed to pay $160.00 before they could proceed. I found that highly insulting and my husband was furious. Not sure what kind of clientele you normally have, but your claiming you couldn't go ahead till I paid you was very shocking! And, I have tried to submit this and I guess it didn't like my star rating and wouldn't let me submit.
- Mary K
very professional and personal delivery of care, excellent "chair side" care
- janice c
Enjoyable experience even being a root canal. Had a lot of anxiety but Dr Reynolds and his staff comforted me. Minor discomfort with procedure and don't think I needed the relaxing gas.
- Beth D
Awesome, such a nice team,
- April W
Neat, clean and professional. My kind of place!
- Lucille F
My nervous anticipation of this root canal procedure was quickly put to ease as I arrived for my appointment. It is a very welcoming atmosphere with extremely tasteful design and decor. Dr. Reynolds & his staff were exceptionally informative prior to my procedure with the steps he would be taking to preform my root canal procedure. Dr. Reynolds also took the time to explain exactly what he did during my procedure and provided images & x-rays for me to look at for better understanding afterwards. Very professional yet personable too. I would HIGHLY recommend Wake Forest Endodontics.
- Blair R
very relaxing atmosphere, competent staff.
- Sharon F
Everything that happened was explained. I was able to see the x-rays. I had the choice of having the gas to relax me and even though I did not think I needed it, when I did decide to have it, it was no problem to be given the gas at the time. My questions were answered patiently and I did not feel that asking questions was a problem to them. I will definitely go back if I have to have another root canal done. And I would definitely recommend Dr. Reynolds to other people.
- Jane S
Dr. Reynolds and staff are very caring and friendly. They put you at ease with the procedure that needs to be done.
- Katelyn S
Excellent Doctor and staff. I would recomment Dr Reynolds without hesitation.
- Kelly J