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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I had a two-part visit for a retreatment. On the 2nd visit, Jenna, the dental assistant was pleasant and comforting. I was given light blocking glasses, offered a pillow and blanket for my comfort and my comfort level my constantly monitored throughout the visit. The 2nd part of retreatment process was surprisingly pain free. I highly recommend this dental office for their superb service.

- Constance C

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Every medical professional should take lessons from Dr. Jansson and staff on how to make a patient feel valued and comfortable. They were kind and comforting. The root canal was painless. Highly recommend.

- Rita S

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I would difently go back to this office. Theu made me feel so comfortable I could have feel asleep in the chair. They deserve more the 5 stars

- Kimberly B

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All in all-the experience was very professional and courteous. I had 2 root canals in 2 months, both with Dr. Larsen and each went very well. A little soreness the next day, but that is to be expected. I would definitely recommend this practice for your endodontist needs.

- Chris P

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I had a root canal procedure and it was done efficiently, timely, and surprisingly pain free! Dr. Larsen and Elise were very professional and friendly. All the staff I encountered were very friendly and helpful. The time I entered the office and exited after the procedure was an hour and 18 minutes. That’s efficiency and as I mentioned pain free. Thank you for a pleasant experience (and how is that for a comment on a root canal?!).

- Terry H

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My experience at Missouri Dental Specialists went above expectations. Dr. Larsen and Elise demonstrated excellence in professionalism, knowledge, and patient care. I had a root canal to save my tooth and Dr. Larsen and Elise explained my procedure and gave pertinent advise and guidance. I felt completely confident that Dr. Larson and Elise completed the procedure in a manner that was efficient and thorough. I greatly appreciate my experience and the great patient care I received. I will highly recommend Missouri Dental Specialists, Dr. Larsen and Elise.

- Sue Ann C

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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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