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 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. 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. Day uses 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 an 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.

Jamie M. Day, DDS, MS, PLLC

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First root canal I’ve had and itbwas as described by Dr. Days assistant. No worse than getting a filling, better even perhaps. When numbing went away I had no pain. The office was very clean, modern, and professional. I felt very comfortable with the entire procedure. For a root canal it was a nice experience.

- Matt O

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Dr. Day and her Staff are amazing! They were very punctual, friendly, and competent. There was minimal pain and all of my questions and concerns were addressed. They provided me with an after hours phone number at which I could reach Dr. Day if needed. The office was very clean and comfortable with K-Love Radio playing and beautiful cardinals, woodpeckers, and other birds feeding at the window. They even offer a 1-year follow-up x-ray and exam of the treated tooth, at no charge.

- Mindy B

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Office directions given on the telephone by staff member were easy to follow. Office staff was very friendly and helpful. I had two root canals and had to have two appointments. The day after the procedures a member of the office staff telephoned me to see how I was doing and if I had any concerns. Dr. Day was very friendly and explained the procedures to my satisfaction.

- REVA H

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Very quick and painless root canal! I experienced no pain or discomfort. The entire staff was very professional and friendly. I would highly recommend Dr. Day to friends and family.

- Leisa M

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Dr. Jamie Day and staff are second to none. My treatment was painless, staff very caring and I received 5 star service from everyone. I highly recommend Dr. Jamie Day.

- Cheri C

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I have had at least 4 root canals over the last 20 years. This was the first time I was referred to an endodontic specialist. Dr. Day was fast, smooth, and thorough. I've never had such a good experience with this kind of work. I highly recommend Dr. Day.

- Robert M

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I've had 3 root canals from Dr. Day over the years. If you need a root canal she is the best! Look no further. She explains everything, is friendly and kind, knowledgeable and efficient. I wouldn't go anywhere else! She is amazing!

- Marilyn M

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Very quick and painless No pain at all, in and out in 45 min Great experience

- Scott R

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Dr. Jamie Day is awesome. She makes sure I'm comfortable and continuously monitors my reactions for any signs of discomfort. This is my second root canal from Dr. J. Day. The first was successful and I'm confident this one will be also. She and Dr. Rebecca Day have restored my faith in dentistry. Pain Free Dental Work from these two Dentists!

- Paula D

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Very pleased with office visit, courtesy of Dr. Day, Megan, and Kristin (front office person), and root canal. Tooth still healing and seems to be doing well. I would reccommend Dr. Day to my family.

- Linda I

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Would highly recommend Dr Days office. I was a little nervous. No need. I didn't wait long in waiting room. Dental assistant very pleasant doing x rays. Dr Day asked if I had any questions. She was great at numbing. I have had prior experiences that were not pleasant. This was not the case. Dr. Day performed quickly and efficiently and I was on my way. Little to no discomfort after the procedure. No need for any pain meds. Best experience if you have to have this done.

- Kimberly C

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Very good experience. I like how you kept calling me if you had a cancellation.

- Lu D

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If having a root canal could possibly be a pleasant experience, this was a pleasant experience. I never felt pain, nor discomfort the entire time. I felt at ease while Dr. Day was working on my tooth and I would trust her to work on my teeth at any time.

- Rick S

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My dentist made my appointment with Dr. Day for a root canal. He highly recommended her, and I had heard many good things from others about her expertise. Professional (including office staff), personable and the procedure was over before I knew it. Would highly recommend! Thank you, Dr. Day!

- Eunice KAY K

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I feel so much better. Thank you, thank you.

- Becky B.

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Great! Informs you of what she is going to do and is as pain free as you can get.

- Danny D

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10/10 care! Thank you

- Jennifer S

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Going to the dentist is pure torture for me--I have a dentist phobia but this experience turned out to not be the torture that I had expected. Thank you for very good service!

- Kay T

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Was a very relaxing atmosphere, with Christian music playing in the background, which was awesome. Staff was super friendly. Staff called to check on me the next day

- LaDonna R

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I had never had a root canal and Dr. Day was helpful with answering questions beforehand. The actual procedure was extremely easy and pain free, I immediately knew that she was skilled at her profession. The staff was great and the receptionist got me in on the same day! She was also great with answering my insurance questions and followed up with a quote. I would highly recommend this practice for a root canal, and I’m sure they would be great for others too.

- Joseph S

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