Root Canal Treatment

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. Root canal 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. Dr. Watts and Dr. Ratcliff 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 a root canal cost?

The cost associated with root canals 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.

 
 

Lakeland Endodontics

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Our Latest Patient Testimonial

I had a root canal on my last tooth and felt no pain using the Gentle Wave Procedure. My tooth feels good now.

- Danny M

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I did not feel any pain or pressure during the procedure. I also had no pain after the procedure. My tooth feels very good now.

- Rusty B

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I have had a root canal before. This one was so easy. The office environment is very relaxing and every effort was made to make me comfortable. I had the Gentle Wave procedure and I had no pain or issues. I was able to spend time with my family that evening because I was not medicated or out of it, and I was not in any pain.

- Sheila W

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I had the new Gentle Wave procedure and there is no comparison. I didn't know I was having a root canal. After my procedure, I expected to feel a little pain, just because. There was no pain! Nothing, Zero! My tooth feels perfect now.

- Deborah R

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I had the new Gentle Wave Procedure. There was no discomfort, and the procedure did not seem to take as long from start to finish as previous root canals have. If I were to need another root canal, I would prefer to use the Gentle Wave Procedure again.

- Linda B

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Dr Ratcliff did an amazing job. Aside from the slight discomfort of the injection for numbing, my root canal was completely pain free. He showed concern for me during the entire procedure and spent time before and after explaining everything and answering my questions. The staff is very professional and kind as well making the entire experience a great one.

- Tammie L

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I definitely would refer anyone to Dr. Dusty Watts Office. I have had MANY root canals, and I have pretty much NO pain when I come to Lakeland. Dr. Watts is kind and listens to my concerns. I am one of those that panics at the mention of a dental procedure and this has been an amazing experience. No panic attacks and no pain. He works with you to understand what you need and actually LISTENS to you. I appreciate this! I pray that this office is blessed!

- Cristy A

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