I do a lot of root canals. These days, patients avoid the dentist until there’s pain. I try not to overwhelm them with guilt when they finally do make it. “Root Canal” is a word that makes nobody excited, so I have to make it fun and welcoming. I love when it’s at least a restorable tooth and doesn’t need extraction, so that’s my starting point. Instead of explaining treatments to patients, I try to discuss in terms of benefits, results. I try to finish the root canal, core buildup and crown in a single visit. The next visit is a crown delivery with no needles, that takes about 20 minutes. This is my chance to make friends, since I am usually seeing a patient who has no more pain.
Here are a few cases I have done: