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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Doctor Nasser is very skilled and completed the work more quickly than I could have imagined. I have not experienced any pain or discomfort following the procedure. Highly recommend!

- Jim S

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My tooth needed a root canal and I was in a lot of discomfort. I saw my dentist who said I needed a root canal. I have used Dr. Nasser on two other occasions and had a great experience so I wanted to see him again. My dentist referred me to Dr. Nasser and I was seen the same day with the idea that it was for a consult only because they were booked. I had an appointment with my dentist at 9:15 and by 10:15 I was seen by Dr. Nasser. He said he would work me in and by 11:30 on was back at work. The experience was fantastic. The office staff is wonderful as well. If you have to have a root canal Dr. Nasser is who I would recommend. I have now had three root canals and every experience has been wonderful. I am in the health care profession and can say without hesitation that Dr. Nasser and his staff are the best in the business. Dr. Nasser is both an excellent clinician and caring toward his patients. I am not one to write reviews but I have never had a better health care experience. Thanks again Dr. Nasser and staff for your excellent care.

- Lee B

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I have never had a root canal procedure before seeing Dr. Nasser recently. I was nervous about the procedure, but my tooth pain required me to see him. I was told he was the best in the area, and that was absolutely the truth! He was thorough, calming, efficient and excellent at his craft. My tooth pain was immediately cured and I was in and out of his office in 35 minutes. I would recommend everyone I know see him if his services were needed!

- Gentry M

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After spending years in anxiety and fear I totally enjoyed my experience with Dr. Nasser and his staff. Everyone was super friendly, informative and caring. It turned out to be the most pleasant Dental experience ever. Dr. Nasser was extremely supportive and informative every step of the way! Great job!

- Richard N

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Best root canal ever! Dr. Nasser is a root canal specialist among other things so know you are in good hands. He makes sure you are comfortable every step of the way and lets you know what he is up to. He is very quick and I did not feel any pain at all! I also like how he gives you his undivided attention while you are there. This was a great experience so look no further than Dr. Nasser and staff!

- Jessica B

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I have heard stories for years about this type of procedure; all bad. I was very pleasantly surprised. I had an excellent experience. I highly recommend this practice and this Doctor.

- James G

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This is the 3rd root canal I've had to have and the 1st time I've been to Dr Nasser. I was so impressed! The injections didn't even hurt, nothing hurt, and he was so polite and professional! I really liked how he explained every step of the process so I felt educated about the procedure. If I ever need one again, I will only go to Dr Nasser! He's the absolute best and I highly recommend his services!

- Joan W

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You know the who thing about terrible experiences where people say I would rather experience this then a trip to the dentist. As a child it took my grandmother holding one arm and leg and a nurse holding the other side to get me through some traumatic visits to the dentist. To this day the sound of a dentist's drill conjure up thoughts and words that will not be repeated. As a long time hockey player I have dealt with injuries and the teeth jokes as well as growing out of the fear of dentists but I still don't relish the experience. Well this morning I went to Dr Nasser to have a sore wisdom tooth looked at and ended up having a root canal done. I am not sure I should say it was a delightful experience but it really was. Even the needles to numb me were painless. Dr Nasser kept me informed each step of the way and exuded a confident spirit. I walked out with a numb mouth but having enjoyed the experience because of 1. the confidence and communication 2.the literally painless experience 3. the smoothness and efficiency of the whole experience from scheduling to payment and 4. the 70's music played during the procedure, when Jim Morrison is singing Riders on the Storm and Gary Wright Dreamweaver it simply takes the sound of those drills away.

- larry m

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My first root canal, I could not believe how easy. Gave me all details, massage chair and 70's music, out within the hour! Even a follow-up call the next day from Dr. Nasser. I hope I don't have to have another root canal, but if I do, I will return to Dr. Nasser's office!

- Cathy R R

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My dentist referred me to Doc Nasser for significant pain and tenderness around a tooth. He physically and with hi tech (3D cat scan) examined me and quickly found the problem. It was the result of an old root canal that had missed one canal that was below the other and had allowed infection to set in. Without the hi tech it would have been almost impossible to find. Doc Nasser explained everything and answered all my questions. I highly recommend him. Thanks Doc for patching me up.

- donald s

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Not only is Dr. Nasser extremely good at his job, but he treats me as an adult. Telling me what is going on, sharing Xrays, etc. Staff was wonderful and easy to deal with as well. Don't really want another root canal, but will certainly go to him if it becomes necessary.

- Bonnie H

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I was really nervous about getting a root canal, and I had to get 2 done at once. Dr. Nasser was so great and patient. He thoroughly explained everything to me at my first appointment, I was able to get in quickly to get the procedure done. He was able to do both at the same time, which I was thrilled about so I didn't have to go back twice. He talked during the procedure to give me updates and make sure I was okay. The numbing process was great! I was nervous about it, but it didn't even hurt. He sent pictures of my teeth afterwards and called to check on me the next day. Overall, the procedure went much better than expected, and I would definitely recommend Dr. Nasser!

- Shanda S

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Couldn't be happier- highly recommend Dr Nasser and his team

- Dennis G

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Great experience and I had two different root canals. Dr Nasser and staff are great. It was a good experience as far as going to the dentist is concerned 🤪Thank you. I feel so much better!

- Patty B

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Thanks Dr Nasser! Quick and painless procedure. Your professionalism and humor put me at ease. Highly recommended.

- Paul C

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Dr Nasser was friendly and professional. I had a root canal many years ago. But this one was much different. Fast and not any different that getting a cavity filled. No pain and great follow up by Dr Nasser himself. Root canals are now not so intimidating!

- Paul K

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Great office surroundings, music and 5 Star + medical care.....thank you!!!

- Bradley D

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Dr. Nasser does an exceptional job explaining and updating through the entire procedure. No pain at all! Will definitely return for any future procedures.

- Gail S

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I only have one word for Doctor Nasser, AWESOME ! Overall service was impeccable! I will highly recommend him for root canal or any other service. Fantastic service with a great personality!

- Paula f

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I was referred to Dr. Nasser by my dentist for a root canal. I was very uneasy going in. Dr. Nasser not only explained exactly what he was going to do, but also kept me informed all the way the the procedure. I felt no pain during, and very little discomfort afterwards. It’s not that I ever want another root canal, but I won’t have the same trepidation if I need one. Thanks so much for making such a dreaded diagnosis bearable.

- Dennis B

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Root Canal is never something to look forward to having done. However, Dr. Nasser and his entire staff made the emergency experience wonderful. With the Covin19 virus scare going on, they were able to quickly get me in and have it all done, pain free, the very next day. Everyone was cheerful, personable and professional. I couldn't have asked for more. If you have to experience a root canal, this is the place to go!

- Bruce M

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DR. NASSER WAS EXCEPTIONAL! I HAD TO HAVE TWO ROOT CANALS. DR.NASSER WAS PROFESSIONAL, EXPLAINED THE PROCEDURE IN A DETAILED, EASY To UNDERSTAND Manner. DR.NASSER PERSONALLY CALLED TO CHECK ON ME I would highly recommend this office!

- Melinda F

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I called Monday morning and by Tuesday afternoon my root canal was done. I've had more than one root canal so I know the process, this was as quick and easy as a routine cleaning. I'm writing this the next day and I have zero pain which is amazing!

- Mark W

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Dr. Nasser is friendly and professional. He made me feel at ease and I was amazed at how easy the procedure was. No pain

- Lisa K

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Dr. Nasser and his staff are true professionals. The thought of a root canal brought back bad memories and some anxiety but between the great technology and Dr. Nasser's skill the process was painless and fast. I hope to not be back, but if I ever need this type of procedure again, this is the only place I would want to go.

- John S

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When u say Root Canal most simply freak. Well see Dr Nasser. I’ve had 2 Root Canals now. Simply unbelievable work and though and highly skilled professional. Not to mention the music and his most relaxing demeanor and the chair isn’t bad either.. He Rocks!!!!!!

- Hugh B

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Dr. Nasser was beyond great. I have severe dental anxiety and with being pregnant I was unable to take medication to help with calming. Dr. Nasser knew this and he kept me calm through the entire procedure. He explained every single thing he was doing, every sound, every smell, and best of all explained them all in terms that a regular person would understand. He was very polite, had wonderful bedside manner, and caring. If you need a root canal, then Dr. Nasser is your man. Also the massage chair and the cocoa butter lip chap they used were an awesome bonus. Hands down best dental experience ever.

- Sabrina C

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Makes you feel comfortable.. I was a bit nervous but Dr.Nasser walked me through the steps and made it a very easy procedure.

- George R

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Dr. Nasser is very Professional and Thorough!, while offering a sense of easement, calmness and enjoyment throughout the whole experience. And his staff shares that same light. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!! Thank you all, Rod

- roderick b

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Dr. Nasser and his staff are outstanding in all respects. Every detail of the procedure was explained. Great care was taken in the procedure. I rarely write reviews but am doing so here based on the exemplary service and professional care.

- Robert M

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Everything was great!

- Ken M

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Dr. Nasser responded expeditiously to my emergent requirement ( badly cracked incisor ) with skill and professionalism. He completely explained courses of action ( pluses and minuses ) and demonstrated sincere concern for my predicament. I am more than pleased with his performance: he was "up front" and "knew his stuff". Based his outstanding work I was able to have another skilled dentist continue at my direction to install a suitable crown on the damaged tooth suitable to my desires.

- John L

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Dr Nasser is great. He thoroughly explains each step of the procedure, asks how you are doing, great chairside manner. Love the massage chair. Staff are all friendly, nice office.

- Vickie B

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This is the most professional and efficient office staff and doctor I have ever dealt with. The root canal was quick and painless. I highly recommend Dr. Nasser.

- Ananda W

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I do recommend Tom to everybody I talk to. if you had a bad root canal you went to the wrong place.

- james E

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Great

- Gale G

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I have a severe dental phobia, but Dr. Nasser and his staff were very good at putting Me at ease. My procedure was completed with almost no discomfort. I highly recommend Dr. Nasser.

- Debbie S

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Dr. Nasser is amazing! I have had literally hundreds of hours of time in the dentist chair over my 63 years with one root canal, many fillings, many crowns and a bridge (done and redone), but this was my first experience with an endodontist. Everything about this root canal was smooth, efficient and non-threatening. Dr. Nasser is driven to provide all the info you need to feel comfortable about what you will have done. The other root canal I had done many years ago was over 3 hours long and I had pain for days afterward, but Dr. Nasser's golden hands worked wonders in less than an hour (and it was my rear molar, not easy to work on!). The best part is that I never felt any pain during the procedure and better yet absolutely none when the anesthesia wore off or anytime later!!!!! A couple hours after I left the office I had to keep reminding myself that I had had a root canal so that I didn't chew on that side because I had no pain to help remind me. Everyone should experience this great kind of service and professionalism at least once in their lives. Thank you Dr. Nasser!

- Ben C

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A great experience, I didn’t have any pain what so ever and it’s been over 2 hours since I left his office and still no pain. The whole staff was very very nice. If you need a root canal this is the place you go.

- Vicki M

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Wonderful experience from start to finish!

- Carla B

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Drove 2 hours to see Dr. Nasser. Would highly recommend him, and well worth the drive. Would definitely go again if needed.

- Anne L

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My root canal was quick and 100% painless. I was in and out in less than an hour. Dr. Nasser and his staff were so friendly and kept me informed along the whole procedure. Thank you!

- Tiffany S

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It was a very pleasant experience. Dr. Nasser and his staff provided every comfort. Dr. Nasser's commentary and explanation were helpful.

- Lee R

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This was my first ever root canal and thanks to Dr. Nasser and staff it could not have gone more smoothly. He is very kind and informative, and he personally called to follow up on my recovery the next day. I highly recommend his services!

- Bonnie S

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Amazing experience

- Beth W

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I can't believe that I would be responding that a root canal treatment was surprisingly painless and how pleased I am with the outcome. All through the procedure Dr. Nasser explained every step of the way and did not miss a beat as he performed his very detailed and meticulous procedure while I was alert and in no pain! The end result is unbelievable compared to the annoying pain that I was in for nearly a week. Dr. Nasser's staff from the start to end were top notch from my first encounter scheduling my appointment. Dr. Nasser has a great sense of humor and very pleasant personality in addition to personal post follow-up to check on me the next day. Highly recommended!

- Michael S

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I was late and Dr. Nasser still saw me and was very gracious. He was also funny! Very skilled and efficient as well. I have no hesitation recommending him, and would definitely choose him for and future treatment.

- brenda E

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Best quality of service and complete professionalism. I travel 1 1/2 hour from Bloomington to Carmel for Dr Nasser. He’s the best.

- Kim S

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I wholeheartedly recommend Dr. Nasser for our endodontic needs with absolutely no reservations. I stop short of calling a root canal "fun" but it was painless and interesting to learn how it is done. Great job!

- Charles B

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Dr. Nasser is very thorough and makes you feel at ease before, during and after the procedure. He explains everything in a easy to understand manner. Highly recommended!

- Brandon D

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