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
Dear Dr. Reynolds....I want to THANK YOU for making me feel very relaxed and comfortable while you were performing my root canal! Any anxiety I had early on was put at ease once I arrived at your office. You also performed a root canal for me 2 years ago and that went very well too. I was very happy to see that the pictures showed the area around the tooth has healed very nicely! : ) Again, thank you for taking care of me!!! Take care, Lynn Smith
- Lynn S
I was not looking forward to having this procedure at all. This was my first time having a root canal and I was afraid that it would be painful and take several hours. I was still nervous when I showed up for my appointment, but the office was beautiful and I felt more like I was signing in for a spa treatment instead of a major dental procedure. The wait was brief and the office staff were efficient and courteous. Dr. Reynolds got me settled in and described in exact detail what he was going to do for me, and gave me a high comfort level that he knew his stuff and had the BEST technology for performing these types of procedures. He went to work and continued to tell me what he was doing as he went along. Before I knew it, we were finished, and he then took a few minutes to show me the before and after photos of the root area that was repaired. I left his office without feeling any discomfort whatsoever and thinking that I wished going to see the dentist was as pleasant as having a root canal. I would highly recommend going to Dr. Reynolds for anyone needing to see an Endodontist.
- Matthew T
I've been morbidly afraid of dental procedures my whole life. Thanks to Dr. Jake and his staff I'd give back in a heartbeat. Absolutely no pain during or after, im truly amazed. I knew when I was in there that everyone cared about my comfort and wellbeing. This practice has cured me of my dental fears. Thank you all so much for a comfortable pain free root canal, I'd have never thought it could be that way.
- Jeremiah M