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.

 
 

Missouri Dental Specialists, LLC

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I was referred to Dr. Jansson for a root canal by my dentist. His receptionist was great and got me in very quickly. I have had two root canals in the past and swore I would never have another due to how much pain I was in after the procedures. However, when you are told that a root canal is what you need you don't really have a whole lot of choice. I have been totally amazed at how different my experience was this time with Dr. Jansson and his staff. My procedure was two days ago and I have had only mild discomfort which was easily managed with ibuprofen and today I am basically pain free. Not to say that I will ever be "ready" to have a root canal, but Dr. Jansson certainly has made me realize that they don't have to be a miserable experience. I would very highly recommend Missouri Dental Specialists! Thank you Dr. Jansson and staff!

- Judy B

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Having a root canal is never a "fun" experience but Dr. Jansson and his staff are top notch and I highly recommend them.

- Mary P

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I have to say the root canal i had was awesome, very little discomfort, i was expecting to be in pain for a few days after root canal, but next morning, no discomfort whatsoever.

- Jessica L

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Great care

- Carla E

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Staff and Dr. Jansson did a great job and worked me in on short notice. Everything went great.

- Anonymous

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They worked me in for a root canal! The staff and doctor were amazing. I’m highly satisfied.

- JoAnn L

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I was very nervous going in but Kellie and Dr. Jansson eased my nerves. If needing dental work- I highly recommend the practice.

- Lori P

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I have a fear of dentist and everyone was very understanding and patient with me. The staff and Dr Jansson are all very nice.

- Tracy C

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Everyone from the front desk to the back office was absolutely awesome. The front desk went above and beyond when we figured out my insurance had changed. Very helpful. The dr and hygienist were so very friendly and very professional. I have a lot of anxiety with dental procedures but this was great. Thank you!

- Lsa A

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Felt very comfortable with entire staff. Other than having a root canal, it was a great experience.

- Steve W

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I was here on vacation when a molar began hurting. I was in significant pain and noticed swelling was beginning. We called to ask to be seen. The office gave me a same-day appointment. I was seen early after I arrived, received treatment and am ready to depart the office, treatment completed.

- Linda M

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Awesome experience. Very kind and compassionate. Patient when we had to take a break for a few minutes. Made my daughter feel at ease during her procedure.

- Lydia L

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Amazing. Squeezed me in the same day. Dr Jansson answered all my million questions and was good natured despite all my sass. I would recommend this practice to anyone.

- Kathry M

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Everyone was very friendly and very professional.

- Bill W

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You get right in and everyone is very friendly.

- Anonymous

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You guys were awesome and we appreciate you getting us in on such short notice. Thank you again!

- Travis W

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Great Dr. and staff

- William D

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Very staff, procedure was relatively painless!

- Billie H

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Thanks,!

- Mac M

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If you can say that having a root canal could be enjoyable, this is pretty close.

- Vicki F

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