Root Canal Treatment in Columbia

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.

The Dr. examining a patient 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. Lawson 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

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 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.


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Warren A. Lawson, DDS MSD

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From the moment I walked in the door each and every person I encountered was extreamly nice. The doctor and his assistant made me feel so relaxed and comfortable that I forgot how nervous I'd been. The procedure was 100% painless and the assistant let me know several times how far along in the process we were and how much longer until finished. I can't say enough about everyone in the office, they made a unnerving situation feel very calm and relaxed. Id use them again in a heartbeat.

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I was so impressed with this office, I required an unexpected root canal, they got me in on a cancellation so that I could get treatment quickly. Very helpful with aftercare!

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A wonderful experience as far as root canals go. Nice staff and everyone was professional. Little pain, and the procedure was on time. Highly recommend.

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Doctor and staff were courteous, helpful, and reassuring

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Dr. Lawson and Celina were great to work with during my procedures, and updated me on each step. They answered my questions and made sure I was comfortable with my decision and with the procedure. I would recommend Dr. Lawson and staff ANYTIME.

- Monica M

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From the moment I walked in the door of my first appointment, the staff was super friendly and cheerful. Not to mention how gentle Dr. Lawson was when he performed my root canal! Highly recommend using them for any of their procedures.

- Seton T

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My best dental experience ever!

- Mike E

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Great staff and service. Dr. Lawson was excellent. Procedure went very well.

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Dr. Lawson and his staff were great. I started experiencing discomfort on a Friday at noon. My dentist had recommended Dr. Lawson for Endodontics work so I called, expecting to have to wait until the following week to see him. They told me that if I could get there in the next 20 minutes they could see me. Fortunately I live close and made it. Dr Lawson determined very quickly that the tooth bothering me needed a root canal (which I expected based on prior conversations with my dentist). They scheduled me for the procedure the following Tuesday and put me on antibiotics to relieve the discomfort I was experiencing. The procedure was entirely painless and everyone was very friendly and considerate. Followed up the next day to be sure I was doing ok. Would definitely return if I ever need another root canal.

- Ronald K

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I had very positive experiences on the phone and in-person with the staff and doctor. I would highly recommend them to family and friends.

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The easiest dental proceedure I have experienced in a long while. The wonderful folks even took time call and warn me about road closure issues prior to my appointment.

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Love this office, highly recommend!

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I appreciated everyone involved including Dr. Lawson, technicians (Robyn and Celina) front office staff (Michelle & Libby) , etc. with their patience with my many questions, my options, their compassion to me as I went through the process over several weeks, and then on the surgical day. I faced a lot of anxiety dealing with this and my team helped me hold myself together on the surgical day. Thank you to all and God bless.

- Keith M

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Great experience, SUPER staff

- Linda H

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They were able to schedule me right away. Follow up for the root canal was easy and the root canal was less painful than removing a tooth. I expected to need the day off of work and ended up feeling fine after about an hour or so. There wasn't any pain in my mouth and it wasn't hard to speak or to eat or drink.

- Allison P

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I was very happy with my visit to Dr. Lawson's office. Every single person there, including the doctor, was cheerful and friendly. My procedure was explained to me and my comfort was important to them. I highly recommend Dr. Lawson and his staff!

- Shannon D

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All staff very friendly and there to make you comfortable during the procedure

- Keith N

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Dr Lawson and his team were amazing. This was a painless dental procedure and they took great care throughout the entire process.

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