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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I was very comfortable which is important to me. I once had a very traumatic dental visit which resulted in my being hospitalized for a week. I felt no pain today, and I quickly eased into this visit. In fact, I almost fell asleep.

- Judith K

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Highly recommend

- Robert

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Thank you for making me comfortable in a difficult process

- Rebecca F

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This was a very satisfying experience, in that I had two root canals at one time. Very nice office and atmosphere. The staff is awesome! All made me very comfortable. Would definitely recommend their services, flat out!!!

- Patricia B

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My experience was better then I expected. Staff was stellar!

- AnnaMarie B

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Very nice staff very informent about what was going on through out the Procedure. Very good at helping put you’re mind at ease. I’d recommend to anyone.

- Kirstie N

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Friendly staff...Great Dr..would recommend to family and friends

- Anonymous

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Great customer service Enjoy the service

- Stephanie D

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Great staff

- Shawanda G

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The best you can get under the circumstances of having a root canal

- Lyndale C

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What a phenomenal practice! Highly trained staff who were nothing short of amazing! From making my appointment to the secretary following up with a phone call the next day to check with me, I was thoroughly pleased. Office is clean, waiting time was minimal and all memebers of this practice were friendly and helpful. I would recommend this facility to anyone who expects "above and beyond" patient care.

- Dean N

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A unpleasant procedure was made as pleasurable as possible. From the TV on the ceiling with headsets to the blanket. I felt like a VIP!!

- Kimw W

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Extremely happy with service and friemdliness off Doctor and staff

- Ron P

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Awesome services administered by staff and Dr. St. Paul! Highly recommended services. Thank you all again for all you’ve done!

- Jasmine C

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Love the staff, love the office!

- Marsha W

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Extremely friendly and professional!

- Randy K

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My dentist referred to Dr Desir as Special Forces of Dentest. He's right. Thank you and your staff for a great Job. Blessed to have you guys and gals around

- Leon G

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Most of what I've heard regarding the root canal procedure has been negative. This was my 1st experience. I must give a well-deserved thank you to Dr. St. Paul and her staff. They are professional, sensitive and engaged. The office setting is pleasant and clean. From the front door-to the chair-to check out, my experience was excellent. I would recommend Dr. St. Paul without hesitance.

- Roselyn

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I have had dental treatment my complete adolescent and adult life. I have had six Root Canals. I'm 58 years old and from civilian to military dentist I have had Dr. Desir out shines them all. I don't write reviews unless a review is deserving (good or bad). It is a pleasure and duty for me to write this review. This is the day after my root canal and I have no pain or soreness. I'm still waiting for the soreness. This was the absolutely best Endodontic visit I have ever had. I'm so glad my Dentist from DentFirst-Tare referred me to Dr. Desir. Excellent, excellent staff and operation.

- Ara c

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