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Root Canal Therapy

Following the onset of advanced infection, root canal treatment can restore your oral health while preserving your natural tooth.

The dentists of Harrison Dental Group have many years of experience providing this effective form of endodontic therapy.

When do our Fort Wayne, IN, dentists recommend root canal treatment?

Are You in Pain? Contact Us for Emergency Treatment

If you've been struck by a sudden toothache or another dental emergency, we're here to help. Contact us as soon as possible for emergency treatment. Prompt attention from a dentist can keep a small issue from developing into a big problem. We'll do everything we can to get you in for treatment the very same day you call, and can provide instructions on how to minimize your pain and protect your dental health in the meantime. To contact us during our regular hours, call (260) 747-4747. For after-hours emergencies, call (260) 338-6684

What Is Root Canal Treatment?

Tooth Diagram

Our teeth are made up of multiple layers. Many of us are familiar with the outer white portion of our teeth called the enamel. This dense, mineralized layer protects the more sensitive inner layers of our teeth. Within the enamel is a less dense layer called the dentin. Dentin provides structure and support for the tooth. Within the dentin is the pulp chamber, which contains blood vessels and nerves. The pulp chamber includes the centers of the tooth roots, known as the root canals.

Dental decay

When trauma, infection, or advanced decay reaches the pulp, a serious dental problem known as a root canal infection can result. Bacteria causes infection once it reaches the pulp, and most patients require emergency care to prevent the loss of the tooth or the further spread of infection. Properly trained dentists like our professionals in Fort Wayne can provide a root canal, saving you the trouble of seeking out an endodontist.

¡Bienvenidos a Harrison Dental Group! Se Habla Español

We strive to provide friendly, high-quality care to Fort Wayne residents of all backgrounds. There are team members at our offices who speak Spanish and are happy to communicate with you in your preferred language. Contact us online or call (260) 747-4747 to get started.

"Very friendly and professional." Real Patient Testimonials

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Tiffaney Cabeen

2022

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Dr. Price made what should’ve been a terrible emergency visit, the best dental experience i’ve ever had. She was compassionate and kept me distracted from the procedure. The entire staff at the Maplecrest location was wonderful! I highly recommend Dr. Price and the Harrison Dental Group for any dental needs.

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Justin Chambers

2022

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Non-judgmental and understanding. Very friendly and professional. I came in for an emergency and am new to the area, took care of me and answered all my questions. Gave me all my options with no pressure. Both the dentist and all the staff are excellent.

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Not Sure if You Need a Root Canal? Request a Consultation to Find Out

Following the onset of a root canal infection, root canal therapy can preserve your natural tooth while restoring your oral health and eliminating the pain associated with an advanced infection. If you aren't sure whether a root canal is the right treatment for your dental health issue, our dentists can give you a definitive answer and excellent treatment.

The dentists of Harrison Dental Group have many years of experience diagnosing and treating root canal infections. Your issue will be addressed using advanced dental technology, such as intraoral cameras, 3-D imaging, and digital x-rays. Our team members are recognized as regional leaders in advanced and comprehensive dentistry

We have four convenient locations around the Fort Wayne area. To request a consultation and get started towards a healthier smile, contact us online or call:

(260) 747-4747

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The team at Harrison Dental Group uses advanced technology to provide the finest dental care.

"Friendly staff and masterful work!" Reviews of Our Fort Wayne Practice

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Orion’s Child717

2022

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In a nut shell: toothache / called early am and left message / call back shortly after open inviting me in immediately / very friendly and relaxed atmosphere / I was in and out of the chair in no time at all / very satisfied

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Thomas Botulinski

2022

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Very friendly staff and masterful dentistry work! I highly recommend Harrison Dental as a family-friendly facility that emphasizes patient care.

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The Root Canal Process Explained by Dr. Keith Harrison

Root canal therapy (endodontic treatment) can relieve pain and save an infected tooth from extraction. Following the root canal procedure, the tooth is capped with a dental crown. For most patients, Harrison Dental Group can typically complete a root canal in just one visit.

The Benefits of Root Canal Therapy

There are multiple benefits to undergoing this form of dental procedure, especially when performed at one of our Fort Wayne, IN, offices. The most obvious advantages are the treatment of pain associated with the diseased inner pulp and the restoration of your oral health, but there are other benefits as well. Once bacteria reaches the sensitive inner portion of a tooth, the bacteria can spread quickly. 

Protect Your Oral & General Health

Once bacteria reaches the sensitive inner portion of a tooth, the bacteria can spread quickly. Bacteria can even penetrate the jaw bone or reach other parts of the body through the bloodstream. Although rare, untreated root canal problems can lead to life-threatening complications. This is one reason why our team considers root canal problems as emergencies that must be treated immediately. 

A Conservative Procedure

Root canal treatment can also preserve your natural teeth. A successful root canal procedure can help you avoid the need for a dental extraction, which requires a dental implant or another more costly form of restorative dentistry to remedy. Preserving natural teeth is a priority for our dentists. By reporting oral pain and other symptoms of a root canal infection early, you can improve your chances of preserving your teeth. 

Comfortable, Effective Treatment

To ensure our patients enjoy the very best results from root canal treatment, we use the latest technology favored by endodontists, or specialists in treating issues of the dental pulp. Some of our preferred tools for root canals include durable, precise files to remove damaged tissue and needle-free local anesthetic to keep you comfortable. By working with the skilled and experienced team of Harrison Dental Group, you can rest assured you are in good hands.

What if My Tooth Couldn't Be Saved? Implant Dentistry Can Transform Your Smile

Our dentists will do everything possible to save a tooth that has a root canal infection. However, there are some cases in which a tooth is too compromised to be saved, even with root canal treatment. If you lost a tooth due to a root canal issue, there's no need to worry. Harrison Dental Group offers a range of implant dentistry services that can restore your appearance, your dental function, and your oral health after tooth loss.

Feeling Nervous About Your Root Canal? We Offer Sedation Dentistry to Keep You Comfortable

Contrary to popular belief, there is minimal pain associated with the root canal procedure, and most patients can remain comfortable throughout with just local anesthesia. However, we understand that having sensitive teeth and gums, difficulty sitting still for extended periods, or general dental anxiety can make you nervous about undergoing the procedure. This is why we offer multiple sedation options to our root canal patients.

In addition to local anesthesia, you can choose to receive nitrous oxide or oral conscious sedation. Both of these options induce a state of deep relaxation and can help your procedure fly by in total comfort. You can request a consultation to learn more about the benefits of sedation and how it can fit into your treatment plan by contacting our Fort Wayne practice online or by calling:

(260) 747-4747

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"The best dentist appointment I have ever had." More Reviews From Fort Wayne Patients

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Denise Gorden

2022

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I looooooved my experience!! I was so nervous, had high anxiety and just wanted to walk away from the whole process of getting my tooth extracted but Ariel at the front desk recommended the laughing gas. My goodness!! It was a great decision. Along with the assistant Cassandra, my daughter in-law and of the Dentist who did a great job, it was the best dentist appointment I have ever had.

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Brittany Norwalt

2022

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I have really bad anxiety when it comes to the dentist. I was nervous coming back but the hygienist and doctor were amazing. They were understanding and eased my worries. My children and I all come here. I am grateful for a safe space to receive care for the whole family.

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The Root Canal Treatment Timeline

If you're having a toothache, you don't need to rush to find an endodontist. Our dentists can determine if a root canal is the right procedure for you. Here's what you can generally expect during treatment:

Treating a root canal infection is a relatively simple process. We will likely be able to complete your treatment in just one visit.

Day of Procedure

Treating a root canal infection is a relatively simple process. We will likely be able to complete your treatment in just one visit.

Numbing the Treatment Area

Before the procedure begins, the treatment area will be thoroughly numbed with local anesthesia. Sedation is also available to you if you choose.

Entering the Tooth

Your dentist will create a small opening in the crown of your tooth in order to access the nerves and blood vessels within.

Clearing the Infection

The infected tissue will be gently removed through the opening in the crown of your tooth. If your root canal infection has caused a dental abscess to develop, we can address it at this step.

Sanitizing and Sealing the Tooth

Once the inner chamber of your tooth has been completely cleared of pulp, it will be sanitized and filled with a rubber-like substance that replaces the pulp and helps maintain the structural integrity of the tooth.

Crowning the Tooth

Depending on the complexity of your case, you may need a dental crown to protect your tooth from further infection and provide structural support. We can make you a custom dental crown that looks, feels, and functions just like the real thing.

What to Expect After Your Treatment

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Following treatment, your dentist will provide you with detailed recovery guidelines that are to be followed closely. Most discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter medications. Follow-up appointments will be scheduled by our office, and we encourage all patients to report the sudden onset of discomfort during your recovery period.

In rare cases, a root canal treatment may fail. In that case, tooth extraction may be the only way to restore your oral health. A dental implant placed shortly after your tooth extraction can prepare you to receive a dental crown. An implant replaces a lost tooth through the surgical placement of a titanium post in the jawbone. 

How Much Does Root Canal Treatment Cost?

Root canal treatment typically costs between $700 and $1,200 per tooth at our locations in Fort Wayne. Treatment is unique for each patient, so your final costs may vary depending on the complexity of your case and whether you received sedation.

Because root canals are medically necessary, your dental insurance provider will likely help to cover the cost of your procedure. We accept many insurance plans and can work with your provider to help you maximize your coverage.

If you are uninsured or need help covering your out-of-pocket expenses, there's no need to worry. We also offer several in-house financing options and third-party financing through CareCredit®. You can secure a loan with little or no interest and a manageable monthly payment plan.

"The hospitality was unmatched!" 5-Star Patient Reviews

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Ted Neuenschwander

2022

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My dentist walked me through a root canal very kindly. He answered my questions and settled my nerves!

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Jada Arie

2022

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The service was unmatched and Kristy, Brittany, and Macy made me feel so welcomed and the hospitality was unmatched!

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If you are having a toothache, you don't need to go to the trouble of finding an endodontist. Our dentists are capable of providing the prompt, comfort-oriented treatment you need.
Harrison Dental Group

Harrison Dental Group

The doctors of Harrison Dental Group have been providing family-friendly dentistry for decades. Our dental care is advanced, yet affordable, and we are members of various prestigious organizations:

  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • American Dental Society of Anesthesiology

To request a consultation at one of our Fort Wayne locations, call us at (260) 747-4747
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