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 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. Desir and Dr. St. Paul use local anesthesia to eliminate discomfort. 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

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.

 
 

McDonough Endodontic Center

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Best dentist I’ve ever had

- Michael D

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Dr. Saint Paul and Ms. Quin were Outstanding. They made my experience very pleasant and I will highly recommend them to my family and friends.

- Nathaniel F

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Everyone very professional warm and friendly. A great expierience

- Sonia D

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This was the best experience I’ve had doing this procedure. Thank you so very much.

- Agnes A

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The staff explained insurance information and was not helping out wherever needed. The kind of rapport in the office and the kind of courtesy that was extended will stay with us for a lifetime. Kudos to you all for being good people to work with. A root canal of a small child could’ve been tragic but everyone in the office made the process smoothe from start to finish. Thank you.

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I enjoyed my visit although I don’t do medical treatments with ease

- Floyd milligan M

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Awesome staff, dentist, and service.

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Very nice

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Great staff. Everyone very friendly and professional!

- George R

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Wonderful

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Great

- Nicholas P

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Absolutely amazing place

- Sonia S

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Every visit that I have had with your office, your staff - namely Senoria, Brittany, and Nikki have always been very pleasant and along with Dr. Desir i have always been very comfortable going to my dentist appointments. I was sad today when told I did not need a follow-up, and I was especially touched by Nikki when she was sad too and also when she said she would pray for me. Thank you for your kindness. I will continue to tell people of how wonderful your office is to go to! God bless! 🙂

- Beth C

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Procedure was fast and pretty much painless. Professional and courteous staff.

- Naysha J

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I would tell anyone to come to this office the entire office is clean from front to back and so welcoming. I love the scriptures they have throughout the office. The front desk and dental assistants were awesome. Dr. St. Paul you rock she was the best.

- Melody R

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Awesome!

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Best dental experience I’v ever had! Will definitely recommend to friends and family.

- Sandra H

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Heard of horrible things about this procedure. They helped to make this procedure almost painless and reassuring. I am 100% pleased. Thanks

- Twanette D

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It’s a nice office all around

- Ben H

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Great experience. Super staff.

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