What is a root canal?

Often people ask if I can explain a root canal in plain English? Sure! Pretend this pen in the pocket is like a tooth in the mouth. The pen has a bad ink cartridge will start leaking and cause a stain in the pocket, or for a tooth disease and infection will seep out into the jawbone. The choice becomes either to take the pen out and throw it away or clean out the bad cartridge so I can keep it...

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What will I feel during a root canal?

We will insure you are profoundly numb prior to any treatment. If at anytime you experience discomfort let us know so we can make things right. We have comfortable seating and offer dark glasses, mouth prop and soothing headphone music to help you pass the time. For many people with young children and demanding jobs this visit to our office becomes a "time out" where they can retreat from being on call and in demand. Some even doze off!

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How long does it take to do a root canal?

Teeth that are infected or have curvy roots are likely to require more than one appointment but, with our clinical experience and our dedication to your appointment time we are able to complete the vast majority of root canals in less than 2 hours. When you are here you have my undivided attention and it is rare for me to leave your side once treatment begins. This allows us to get your treatment completed without interruption and take full advantage of your scheduled time.

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I have receieved varying quotes for a root canal. Why?

For most products and services a lower price reflects lower quality and a higher price does not necessarily guarantee higher performance or reliability. Our clinical success rate is at or above the industry standard and we stand behind our work with 6-12 month follow ups at no additional charge. Call our office if you would like more information on our level of service and current fees!

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How much does treatment cost?

The cost of a root canal depends on the tooth that needs treatment. If you already know which tooth needs a root canal call our office for our current fee. Many times a consultation is needed to determine whether a tooth requires a root canal. Our consultation fee includes x-rays and routine testing. Call our office and our staff will answer your questions and work with you to best serve your needs.

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Do you accept dental insurance?

We accept and file most dental insurances. We also offer a 10% self pay discount* for payment in full at time of treatment. There is also an option to pay over 12 months through Care Credit. Call our office to verify your insurance plan and to discuss available payment options. A root canal can be a big expense and we want you to feel confident working through any financial concerns with our experienced staff!
(* Self pay discount applies to new root canals only. It does not apply to examinations and x-rays, endodontic re treatment cases, tooth restorations such as fillings and build ups, or if we file a claim for dental insurance.)

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What should I expect to feel after treatment and who do I call after hours if I need help?

After treatment most people manage discomfort with medicines like Tylenol, advil or nothing at all and have a normal workday. Our goal is make your root canal as much a non event in your day as possible. Other pain medicines and antibiotics may be prescribed as needed. You will have my personal cell phone number to reach me if you have questions or problems after hours!

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Is there a way to give a painless injection?

We have been using the Compudent (Wand) system the past 12 years with great success. The Wand allows me to administer anesthetic as slowly as one drop at a time which greatly increases patient comfort and reduces the possibility of side effects such as racing heart and anxiety which can be related to a fast injection.

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Do you stand behind your work?

Yes we do. We recommend a 6 month follow up x-ray on all root canals done in our office. If a tooth is not doing well 6-12 months after treatment AND the tooth has been restored and protected as recommended we will redo the root canal at no additional charge to you. A study of over 10,000 root canal cases set the success rate at over 95%, IF they were restored properly after the root canal was completed.

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Why select our office?

Our experience of over 10,000 root canals, prompt flexible scheduling single visit treatment in most cases, state of the art facility, convenient office location, gentle profound anesthesia, courteous, experienced staff, after hours access to the doctor following treatment, acceptance of insurance assignment and reduced fees for full payment at time of treatment. Everyone in our office is committed to serving you according to our practice mission statement.

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GentleWave: What a root canal really looks like and how GentleWave offers an advanced level of cleanliness and care.

Experience the GentleWave® Procedure, an innovative alternative to standard root canal treatment. It presents a major advancement that helps us achieve our goal to effectively clean a tooth’s entire root canal system, no matter how complex. The root canal system consists of intricate channels for the nerves and blood vessels. We are always evaluating technological advancements and incorporating them into our practice when we believe that doing so will help us provide a higher level of care than previously possible and help us save more teeth for more of our patients. The GentleWave® System delivers a broad range of sound waves within the complex anatomy found within the tooth, in concert with continuous fluid delivery. In a matter of minutes, this procedure results in complete cleaning and disinfecting of the entire network of canals. The incredible effectiveness of this system also allows us to conserve more tooth structure than ever before. We are very proud to be able to offer this level of care to our patients. The Root Canal Place is trained in the use of the GentleWave® System and will gladly answer any questions you may have about this exciting new technology.