Root Canal Therapy

What is root canal therapy?

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, in most cases, will feel 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.

 
 

Missouri Dental Specialists, LLC

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Chantelle made me feel comfortable through the whole process. She was by my side and explained everything they were doing.

- Lisa W

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My experience was much, much better than I expected. I opted for the nitrous oxide sedation which helped with my anxiety. The actual dental procedure went very smoothly and was essentially pain free. Dr. Jansenn is simply the best. He is highly skilled and works quickly. I highly recommend his practice for any work you might need from an odontologist. I was very impressed and extremely grateful to have my root canal over and done with virtually pain free. His staff is top-notch as well. Overall, best dental experience I’ve ever had !

- Thomas W

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Dr. Erick Jansson and Staff are an amazing team! I so dreaded my root canal and not only was my experience painless, but they made sure I was comfortable and completely at ease during. I would highly recommend Missouri Dental Specialists!!

- Dee K

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I have had two root canals completed at the Columbia facility and I am very pleased with both procedures. The staff were very efficient and answered all of my questions without hesitation. The doctor was very friendly. Although as expected there was a small amount of pain during the first part of the procedure, over all, the entire procedure was as painless as possible. Both procedures were completed without any problems and I was very pleased with the results of both root canals.

- Daniel N

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My experience in having two root canals done by Dr. Jansson and his staff was an experience that I must share. First, the atmosphere of the waiting room was very pleasant/relaxing, and the greeting I received from behind the front desk was very courteous and friendly. As you enter the work area, you immediately feel the organization of everything, and the courtesy and friendliness continued. I have had root canals, at other locations, so I was not looking forward to another. To my amazement, the root canals were so quick and free of pain. Thank you, Dr. Jansson and assistant. I couldn’t help but notice the efficiency of the entire office. Minor pain relievers are suggested after any root canal, but I found that I didn’t need to take a thing. Would I go back for future root canals? Absolutely!

- Linda J

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Dr. Larsen and his staff were very patient and pleasant to be around. During a 2.5 hour gingivitis surgery and Root Canal procedure, I requested the weakest anesthesia with less dosage that should only last 45 minutes. I could feel work being done in my mouth but I felt no pain. After the procedure, I did not take any Tylenol or Ibuprofen, no pain or swollen occurred. If you want professional service and pleasant experience, I strongly recommend Dr. Larsen and his office.

- Hairong L

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I would highly recommend Missouri Dental Specialist!!!!!!!

- Tina H

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Going to a dental procedure is always a bit scary, but Dr. Lavitt and Chantelle were so friendly, so calming, and so great that my fears were soon eased. Dr. Lavitt is fantastic. I had a root canal and experienced NO PAIN whatsoever. I didn't even feel the Novocain shots. I really wish I could see Dr. Lavitt for all my dental needs instead of just the specialty procedures. He is that great. Thank you for taking such good care of me.

- Sherri H

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Staff has been very helpful.

- Robert J

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This was my first time at this practice. It was a such a positive experience all the way around. The office staff was very friendly. I had to have a root canal and Dr. Lavitt and his dental assistant Charlann were very professional. Dr. Lavitt kept me informed on every step of the root canal. I would highly recommend Dr. Lavitt to my family and friends.

- Michelle P

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I enjoyed the informal relaxed environment. It was enjoyable to hear about the cats roaming at night and about kids adventures in pre-school.

- Randy G

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I was referred to the office by my dentist because of a bad tooth that was way too sensitive and he couldn’t find anything on the ex-rays so when I arrived at Missouri Dental Specialist they gave me the whole deal trying to find out what was going on and since I have such sensitivity going on Dr.Jannson and Emily were very caring about it and understood how I felt. He seen the ex-rays and a scan and showed lots of swelling in my root and slight cracks so right there he did a root canal on one and another root canal on another, apparently I had way too much sensitivity in both teeth , the staff are very sweet and patient and understanding, thank you all for everything and your kindness for someone who is very nervous about having teeth touched , don’t ever change in how you handle patients because how you were with me will gain a lifetime of trust , I will always come back to you all if I ever need to again , thank you so much!!

- Kristina H

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I went in just to see what the cause of my discomfort was and they ended up doing a root canal on the spot. My pain has gone away already. Dr. Jansson and his staff were very caring and their humor helped the time fly by during the actual procedure. I would highly recommend Missouri Dental Specialists.

- Lisa C

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I was referred to Dr.Jannson from my hometown dentist. I had to have 3 root canals redone from 45 years ago. Dr.Jannson worked way after hours to do 2 teeth then he had me to return at 5:30am to do the other tooth. Who has ever heard of a doctor being so dedicated to his patients. My sister n myself are cancer patients we are taking care of each other so she was with me. The staff made my sister comfortable while I was getting worked on. Since it was so late when Dr got 2 teeth done n we were to return at 5:30am n we drove a long ways to Jeffcity Dr.Jannson offered to put my sister n I in a motel. What a blessing it was cause we were wore out. With me doing chemo Dr.Jannson wanted to do all he could so I could continue my treatments. Dr.Jannson and his staff are a blessing to have at the dental office thank you very much for everything you all have done for my sister n myself.

- Charline J

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I only went in for a consult but after merting with Dr. Jansson and him offering to do the procedure (root canal) today i said yes. I was very nervous but he assured me that it would not be as bad as i thought and bfr you know it he was done, he made me feel very comfortable i was so greatful, wanted to give him a hug too but didnt want to be pushy and weird lol very happy indeed that i came here..all wonderful staff

- Kelly Marshall M

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Wouldn’t go anywhere else. If I could rate them higher I would. Great doctors and staff.

- Margaret D

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This (root canal) was my first ever procedure of this nature. Dr. Jannsen put me at ease and performed the procedure contrary to all of the "horror" stories I heard regarding the procedure. I would recommend he and his staff to ANYONE. If I ever have to have this procedure done again, I will not hesitate to contact Missouri Dental Specialist and Dr. Jannsen again. Thank you!

- John M

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I have anxiety getting dental work, however Dr Levitt and his staff were amazing at making sure I knew what was going on and keeping me comfortable.

- Jennifer C

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I would definitely recommend anyone to Dr. Jansson and his staff. Very professional and you can tell that everyone truly enjoys working there. Their facility is nice and the atmosphere is inviting. Thank you Dr. Jansson 🙂

- Susanne Y

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We were referred by our local dental facility on a same-day immediate need, due to my child accidentally breaking a front tooth. They made room for us that same afternoon, understanding that we had to travel 1-1/2 hours to get there. When we arrived, I was impressed by the team's friendliness and professionalism. First visit, I needed to fill-out a two-page form and sign a few things (the usual). My child is special needs and the team handled him with care - as if he were their own. After 32 years in the Army, I'm critical about everything I see. I was amazed at the kind treatment we were receiving, even though it was near closing time. I'm also very observant in detail: the facility is exceptionally clean, well organized, the equipment clearly the latest technology and comfortable. What struck me the most was the professionalism and efficiency that was demonstrated as I watched Dr. Jansson and Liza (Dental Assitant) work; there was almost no verbal communication between them as they switched "tools" and performed the root canal procedure, completing it in less than 20 minutes from the moment they started (not including numbing up the site). And their conservation with us throughout was friendly and enjoyable. My son actually did not complain throughout the experience - and that is AMAZING. Nothing like it. My child is a happy camper today. Strongly recommend this facility and will request them in the future for similar needs.

- Jon B

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