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.

Dr. Lawson 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. You will be able to drive home after your treatment, and you probably will be comfortable returning to your normal routine.

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An example of a healthy tooth
Healthy Tooth
A tooth anatomy diagram highlighting pulp dentin and canal
Tooth Anatomy
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Inflammation
A representation of a tooth with its canals cleaned
Cleaned Canals
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Filling Placed
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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.


Looking For Excellent Endodontic Care?

Contact us today with any questions or to schedule a consultation!

Call us: 573-256-2121

Warren A. Lawson, DDS MSD

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I am a practicing general dentist who was visiting Columbia from out of town and went to see Dr. Lawson as I had cracked a tooth and needed a root canal. His team took exceptional care of me. The website was very clear and easy to navigate in making my appointment and completing registration forms. The office is beautifully designed with state of the art equipment. The staff were welcoming, helpful, and impressively skilled. I highly recommend Dr Lawson to anyone in need of an endodontist. Dr. Lawson - Thank you for helping me to save my tooth and for taking such great care of me!

- Tanya M

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Very friendly staff and felt at ease and I’m usually very anxious when getting dental procedures.

- Cheri L

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Everyone there was awesome!

- Randy T

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Successfully treated a difficult situation since the tooth had a calcified root.

- Sandra K

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Love love them! Very welcoming and friendly to all. They made my day after leaving and I used to hate going to the dentist. Now, I don’t mind at all because of them.

- Jessica W

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Incredible care. Professional and competent. Highly recommend. Recovery was immediate. Thank you to all at Dr. Lawson's.

- Lori S

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Honestly haven’t been to a facility as friendly as this one. Wonderful people and no pain! I hate going to the dentist and this was actually enjoyable.

- Isis R

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The entire staff makes you feel very comfortable and concerned about your welfare and comfort. I would return for more care if it is needed.

- Patricia L

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The root canal was pain free.

- Evelyn S

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Great . I very much dislike going to the dentist in general. It was a good experience

- Cynthia W

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Exceeded my expectations! Have had 2 previous root canals and both were quite painful during and afterwards for a couple of hours. This time pain free during and after, my hat is off to you and your staff. Everyone is a top notch professional!

- Charles J

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Excellent experience. I highly recommend.

- Jane R

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Who knew going for a root canal could be such a pleasant experience!? Everyone was so kind and so professional! If I ever need to, I will be happy to return to Dr. Lawson's office for treatment!

- Carol B

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You ALL were wonderful! Thank you for such great care!

- Jo B

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Dr. Lawson and his staff were very friendly, efficient and competent! The root canal was a painless procedure and I felt very comfortable the entire time. I would highly recommend Dr. Lawson to anyone needing endodontics care.

- Karen P

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I have had two root canals performed here and as a highly anxious person, I can't say enough good things about the entire team. My nerves calm down as soon as I walk through their door. The root canals performed by Dr. Lawson even feel easier than getting a cavity filled!

- Jamie H

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Definitely professional friendly and knowledgeable staff.

- Steven S

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Very courteous and friendly staff. Dr Lawson had a great demeanor and explained every aspect of the procedure . It was obvious his priority was patient comfort and satisfaction

- Tays T

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Very professional staff and doctor.

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Wonderful, friendly, professional individuals! They are wonderful to work with, and the root canal was a walk in the park.

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