Root Canal Therapy

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. This 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. We use 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.

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 it cost?

The cost associated with this procedure 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.

Thomas K. Nasser, DDS

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Dr Nasser has done my last 2 root canals. I won't go to any body else. He explained everything. The visit was pain free and very comfortable. I am on my 3rd day since the procedure and haven't taken even an advil! I have already told eveyone about him!

- Becky F

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Felt very well cared for during the whole process…from first phone call, to follow up phone check in made by the doctor.

- Linda P P

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Dr. Nasser and his staff make a root canal as pleasant as it possibly can be! I trust they always perform work that's in the best interst of my teeth (and me)!

- Marcia A

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The process, went very smooth, with minimal discomfort, his chair side manors were excellent. Did a follow up call the next day to confirm all was good. I would highly recommend him.

- BART B

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I highly recommend this doctor, he is fantastic. I had a completely painless procedure! I was dreading this procedure and Dr. Nasser explained everything as he went along. I thought that this was going to be very painful, but I was amazed.

- CHARLES G

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Great doctor and staff. Made to feel at ease. Explained everything and was extremely professional. I am a “nervous”patient and everything was great!

- Chris B

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Where do I begin?! To say I was beyond terrified of ever having to have something like this done is an understatement but Dr. Nassar completely changed my perception on this. He is very personable and worked quickly, talked to me the whole time, and made sure there was absolutely zero pain or discomfort. I knew from the reviews I was in good hands, but he truly exceeded my expectations. My nerves quickly went a way upon meeting him and I was shocked at how pleasant of an experience this was, all things considering! Thank you so much, Dr. Nassar!

- Lindsey B

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Dr. Nasser and his staff are great. He explains the procedure very throughly and answered all my questions. It was pain free and Dr. Nasser does great work. I would highly recommend Dr. Nasser.

- Wendy S

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Would definitely recommend Dr. Nasser and his entire office fir Root Canal Treatment. I was a little nervous, but he settled that and did an awesome job. No pain at all and I am definitely giving him 5 out 5 stars! Awesome service!!!

- Kevin L

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I am THOP (the husband of patient), Zofia. This is her second root canal with you and she and i are super happy with the super care and fun - yes, even TP (the patient) had fun. Thank you for all!

- jeffrey w

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Professional, courtesy, punctual; made me fell confident about procedure.

- Helen C

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I am 37 weeks pregnant and went in for a root canal (which I’ve never had). I was very nervous going in. Dr. Nasser and his staff were so friendly and efficient! I was in and out quickly and experienced zero pain during the entire procedure! They let my husband be right by my side, played relaxing music, put moisturizer on my lips ahead of time, and explained everything. The chair was comfortable and massaging! I would go back time and time again!

- Ashley M

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Dr. Nasser is excellent. Who's wants to go get a root canal today, said nobody ever! I can’t say a root canal is fun, but Dr. Nasser really puts you at ease. He talks to you in easy-to-understand language and explains everything in specific detail. It’s all part of his personality and that’s fantastic because it helps put you at ease and there are no surprises. He has a humorous side too, which again is great for keeping your nerves in check. Now, once he starts to work it's all business. He self admits to being a bit of a perfectionist, but that’s okay because it’s probably one of the most important qualities you’re look for in the doctor preforming your root canal. I just can't say enough about how qualified Dr. Nasser is and how perfectly he checks all the boxes.

- Terry H

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EVEN I WAS GOING FOR A ROOT CANAL, WHICH I HAVE HAD MANY, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK DR. NASSER AND HIS STAFF. I WAS OVERLY IMPRESSED W/ THE OVERALL KINDNESS OF EVERYONE, THE STAFF WAS AMAZING, DR. NASSER WAS VERY KIND DURING THE WHOLD PROCEDURE. HE EXPLAINED EVERYTHING THAT HE WAS DOING AT ALL TIMES. I EXPERIENCED NO PAIN WHATSOEVER. FROM THE NICE BACK MASSAGE CHAIR, TO THE LISTENING TO THE 70'S MUSIC IN THE OFFICE, I WAS SO VERY PLEASED WITH THE WHOLE EXPERIENCE. I JUST WANT TO SAY AN EXTRA THANK YOU TO DR. NASSER AND ALL OF THE OFFICE STAFF. IT WAS A VERY COMFORTING EXPERIENCE,

- PAT H

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Will return if need any more Root Canal work. Dr. and Staff make you at ease. Explain all they do during the procedure. Excellent care. Ppl

- Tom G

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I was in pain and it was consuming me. I was downtown and my dentist told me to see Dr. Nasser in Carmel. Within an hour, I was in a chair getting an emergency root canal. Dr. Nasser understood my situation and how to fix it. His staff was caring and professional. The procedure was relatively painless and I had minimal discomfort. After I left Dr. Nasser's office, I could re-focus on work and family. I am very grateful for Dr. Nasser and his staff.

- James B

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This was my second root canal for the summer. Thankfully, they both went well.

- Carlene B

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Simply outstanding in all regards. Dr. Nasser is of the very highest in competency at what he does. I have had several root canals performed by him in recent years and all without any pain or adverse events following the procedure. I have always had options, but each time I have requested that Dr. Nasser perform the root canal. The office is set up with very high-tech equipment that enables him to perform root canals painlessly, accurately and efficiently. Dr. Nasser is second to none at talking through what he is going to do before he does it, telling you what is being done in every step during the procedure, and then discussing and showing what was done following the procedure. I can not emphasize how well he does this enough. Additionally, Dr. Nasser creates a very relaxed environment with music in the procedure area, a massaging chair, and his entertaining commentary during the procedure. I have always felt very much at ease during my visits, and for good reason. Frankly, I don't know how the experience could be improved.

- Garth G

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I was super nervous for my root canal treatment but Dr.Nasser and his team made me feel super comfortable and taken care of. I was laughing and smiling by the end of it and felt so relieved that I found him to do my procedure. Would recommend him to anybody looking for amazing care, I will be recommending him to all of my family and friends.

- Camellia R

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Dr. Nasser was simply incredible. While undergoing the root canal, he described step-by-step every element of the procedure and put me totally at ease. I was in and out in 20 minutes with a root canal with ABSOLUTELY no pain whatsoever. I can say in all honesty that I most always suffer more trepidation and aggravation in the typical 6 month tooth cleaning than I did in the 20 minutes I spent with Dr. Nasser. I cannot recommend him highly enough.

- Bryan M

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Dr Nasser is very friendly and very good at his job. He walks you through the whole procedure and there was minimum pain. The whole thing was quick and easy. I will definitely see him again for any future issues.

- Bethanie G

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Getting our teeth worked on is the last thing we want to do. My experience with Dr. Nasser and his team was remarkable. I've never had a Dr. take as much time to explain things, walk me through a procedure, and follow-up post-treatment. It was quick, very minimal discomfort, and top-notch treatment! I'd highly recommend!

- Casey C

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My experience was great from start to finish. DDS Nasser has a great attitude as well as his staff, and they treat you as a person, not just another customer.

- Nicholas G

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10 STARS! Hands Down most Impressive Dental Experience I have Ever had, in Everyway. I can honestly say, NO PAIN during procedure, or anytime afterward. It's really true, no need to fear coming here, that's for sure. Hightest Recommendation I can give. If perfection was the goal, I'd sure say, I'd say Dr Nasser has achieved it. A Pain Free and Professional Root Canal 1000%

- Tracy F

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Dr. Nasser was very down to Earth and relatable. Explains everything prior and keeps you updated during the procedure. He was concerned about your comfort level and communicated through the entire process. Excellent chair-side manner and he and his staff definitely have customer service skills. I would highly recommend.

- Lori H

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Excellent! Appreciated Dr. Nasser's review and explanation of tooth issues and procedure. Although I wasn't able to fully respond, he provided continual commentary throughout the procedure so I was aware of each step and what he was doing. Support team was fantastic, friendly and professional. Appreciated the follow up call next day by Dr. Nasser to check on me. Root canal procedures get a bum rap. Resolved my tooth issue and moving on. Thanks

- Michael T

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Super easy no pain very attentive. Attention to every aspect of the root canal and to patient

- Michael F

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I am a repeat customer. The staff was friendly and efficient. Dr. Nasser is professional and helped to ease my fears.

- Carlene B

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He is truly the BEST at his craft!

- Rhonda P

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Root canal went as smooth as butter. The numbness from the anesthesia wore off a few hours ago and I'm just a tiny bit sore, but I didn't take the ibuprofen thats suggested. I don't feel I even need that. Dr. Nasser has a subtle sense of humor which almost cracked me up a few times but I was able to hold it in. Staff was very friendly as well. All things considered, it was a very pleasant experience. Thanks Dr. Nasser and crew!

- Dustin H

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This is my second root canal with Dr. Nasser. I felt very comfortable both times. I would highly recommend this office. The whole staff is cordial and reassuring. Dr. Nasser is very thorough with his explanations of procedures. My pain was minimal.

- Susan H

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Going to the dentist can be stressful but going to an endodontist can just be scary. Dr. Nasser is kind, friendly, efficient, and makes you feel comfortable the entire procedure. Dr. Nasser walked me through the entire procedure, checked in often, and was clearly very experienced in his field. His staff was all also kind. There was no wait time, it was easy to schedule, and they checked in on me the next day to see how I was healing. I wish more doctors visits were like this one. Thank you Dr. Nasser for such awesome service!!!

- Emily H

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Dr. Nasser and his team of friendly professionals should be your endodontist of choice if you need a root canal. He is the ultimate professional who has an easy manner and guided me step by step through the root canal. He took the ultimate care of my tooth as well as dispelled my anxiety about having a root canal. I have had excellent outcomes! My praises to Dr. Nasser! You can't find any better care when you need a root canal specialist.

- Carolyn M

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Wonderful treatment

- Judith A

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Completely painless and outstanding expert treatment, as usual. Don’t know why anyone would ever go anywhere else…

- Robert S

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Dr. Nasser was very informative and put me at ease throughout the whole procedure. I would absolutely refer him to anyone I know and would absolutely go back!

- Christina S

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Tom Nasser and his group did an amazing job, no one wants a root canal but he put me at ease very quickly. I was in and out amazingly fast, he explained what he was doing as he did it and showed me pictures after, it was truly an uneventful visit. No issues and his personal follow up was very appreciated. If you need endodontics, this is your guy. I kept my eyed closed most of the time, as he was talking and I thought, OMG Tom Petty is doing my root canal, that's who he sounded like to me :). Very pleased, I may go back for another it was so pleasant.

- Vincent A

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Dr. Nasser is by far the best endodontist I've ever had the pleasure of working with. I was very impressed with his knowledge and professionalism, as well as the state of the art technology that he utilizes to minimize the stress and discomfort normally associated with an endodontic procedure. Dr. Nasser will always be my only choice for any future endodontic needs that I might have, and I will gladly recommend him to anyone I know searching for the best in endodontic care!

- Dana T

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This was my second root canal with Dr. Nasser. When my dentist recommended his name and office, I felt relief knowing how well my first root canal had gone several years ago. This time, too, went as well as could be imagined. It was a pain-free, anxiety-free procedure. Dr. Nasser is not only an endodontist and specialist, he is an educator, a communicator, a listener, a craftsman. The days and moments of my recovery went exactly as he had predicted; there were no surprises. I repeat: five-star, A+.

- Wes J

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Dr. Nasser and all his staff are exceptional. Very attentive and concerned that we understood everything they did. When you are working with a woman 87 years old that waited way longer than she should have to get this taken care of it was amazing the patience and concern for her comfort. We will not hesitate if ever necessary to return to Dr. Nasser and recommend him to everyone we know.

- Norma B

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My visit was for a root canal, but I think this was one of the best dental appointments I have ever had. Dr. Nasser keeps you informed through the process with humor that helped to reduce the stress I was feeling. The procedure was fast, and painless. I left informed and happy to know if I need assistance in the future I have Dr. Nasser to come back to. I will be recommending Dr. Nasser to everyone!

- Cari C

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Dr. Nasser performed an excellent job on my root canal. I came to his office with extreme pain and he listened to my concerns and numbed me right away to stop the pain. Dr. Nasser's office prioritized my root canal and were able to get me an appointment within days of calling, which other endodontists did not do. My first root canal performed by a general dentist was very painful and I had doubts about finishing my root canal, but Dr. Nasser reassured me that I would be numbed well. I didn't feel a single thing during my root canal and was provided time updates by Dr. Nasser during the procedure so I always knew what was going on. I hope I never need another root canal again, but if I did, Dr. Nasser would be my first call.

- Nathan F

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Best experience ever!! Highly recommend!!

- James D

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I was pleased with the service for my root canal procedure.

- Michael B

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I loved that Dr Nasser was able to finish removing 3 roots during one visit and it only took one hour. He explained everything that he was doing before, during and after the procedure. Painless. Shared the xrays with me and my dentist.

- Mary Sue N

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Dr. Nassar's office is absolutely the place to go if you ever need a root canal. When I spoke to Dr. Nassar to schedule the appointment, he said there was no reason to worry about it at all....he was right. From the moment I stepped into the office, I felt at ease. Dr. Nassar and everyone on his staff are the best! I felt no pain at any time during the entire one hour procedure. Dr. Nassar explained the procedure using pictures, xrays and drawings prior to doing the work as well as explaining the instruments and each step of the procedure as he was performing the root canal. Comfortable chair, great music, wonderful staff....great experience. Thank you!

- Teresa A

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To give you a clear overview I am a person that experiences high anxiety even about general dentistry appointments. Dr. Nasser was so skilled, I almost went to sleep during the procedure on one of my molars. After the numbing medicine wore off that evening , I experienced literally no pain or discomfort. In addition, the office staff is an extension of my stellar experience. I chose a different endodontist than I was originally referred to but I did my own research with multiple search sources, read countless reviews, double checked with a retired dentist and now writing a real review. No one wants a root canal but if you have to get one, call Dr Nasser’s office.

- Bridget G

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Best Endodontist ever! I’ve been to quite a few. Don’t go anywhere else. He’s the best!!!!

- Gail B

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I knew by the pain I was experiencing I needed a root canal because I’ve had so many done before. I had the best experience with Dr Nasser and staff than with any other Endodontist I’ve been to. No pain! Quick healing! Don’t put it off - you will not regret it.

- Gail B

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I was very nervous prior to having this procedure but Dr. Nasser took the time to explain the procedure and took extra precautions to ensure I was comfortable. I never felt any pain throughout the process, was amazed at how fast he was able to get the work completed and post-procedure just a little (very little) jaw soreness. I was back at work the same day with no issues. I hope to never require this procedure again but if I had I to, Dr. Nasser would be my go-to Endodontist!

- Alan L

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