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.

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 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.

Implants?

Implants are often considered an appealing solution to tooth loss.  Many people have the misconception that a lost tooth can be readily replaced with an implant.  Implants are quite useful in certain situations, but their backstory is often untold.  Simply put, implants are expensive and most dental insurances don’t cover the procedure, they typically require seven months to complete and complications are not uncommon.

 
 

New South Endodontics

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This was the best dental experience for my daughter II ever had. The office was beautiful. Everyone was friendly. There was no anxiety waiting on the dentist because there was no waiting time! I would recommend this office to everybody. The root canal was done so beautifully and I even got to watch the whole thing while waiting on my daughter! We are so pleased.

- Nancy L

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When I got up from the chair, I turned to Dr Elliot and his assistant and said, "I'm impressed. VERY impressed!" Before leaving, I told the ladies at the front desk that I couldn't have been more impressed with every aspect of my visit. THIS is what a root canal or any dental treatment should be like. Even the background music was good. 🙂

- Albert W

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I really do not like to go to the dentist. But I needed a root canal. The experience was very great. I used the gas and I did not feel anything. I hope I don't ever need a other root canal but if I do I will go to Dr. Elliot . I have had no trouble with the tooth after the root canal. New South was great.

- Pam Schofield

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Dr. Elliott and his staff did a wonderful job. Everyone was extremely friendly and professional. I could not even feel Dr. Elliott numb me and I did not feel anything. I would highly recommend him to anyone that needs a root canal.

- Hunter

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I am very pleased with the care I received from Dr. Elliott, Lagina, and the office staff. I highly recommend them if you need a root canal.

- Creola M

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I like the location and the quaint, bright, clean Victorian home. The staff and Dr. Elliott are really good about taking time with each patient and helping you feel welcomed and comfortable. I had great success with the two root canals Dr. Elliott did for me. The waiting room is very comfortable and the rest rooms are clean. Thank you for excellent service.

- Elizabeth D

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Today was my first root canal. Dr Elliot and his staff provided excellent, pain free care!

- Tara M

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I was very impressed with your curtesy and professionalism. What a pleasant experience. I will recommend your office to my friends.

- Helga C

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Very professional environment and pain free! I call him the root canal whisperer. Very friendly staff that make you feel comfortable.

- Tammy B

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I had my root canal today and I am very pleased. People always fear root canals because they are afraid they will hurt. However, my root canal was totally painless! The numbing needle didn't even hurt! My daughter and father have also had root canals here and they will agree with me. In fact, my dad even fell asleep during his root canal! Thank you so much to the staff and Dr. Elliot. I will be recommending you to friends, family, and colleagues.

- Jessica E

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