Root Canal Therapy

An infected tooth can cause pain and put you at risk for oral health complications. 

A root canal removes the infected pulp to alleviate your pain, eliminate the infection, and save the tooth.

Family Dentistry & Prosthodontics in Merritt Island, FL, uses the latest technology for better outcomes after root canal therapy. Request an appointment for gentle care today.

What Is Root Canal Therapy?

Cracks, cavities, and damage can allow bacteria to enter a tooth, which can lead to an infection within the pulp of the tooth. This infection can go on to cause a variety of symptoms, including significant pain. There is also a risk for the infection to spread. Root canal therapy, often simply referred to as a root canal, removes the infected pulp within the tooth and its roots.

Root canal treatment at our dental office in Merritt Island, FL, is virtually painless and can restore your oral health while preserving your tooth's structure. 

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Tooth pain can make you miserable. But even minor signs of infection shouldn't be ignored. Left untreated, you risk the spread of infection and the loss of the affected tooth, or even your other teeth. This can cause other oral health issues, such as bone atrophy.

The sooner the issue is addressed, the better. Our dentists, Dr. Chan Wilkhu, Dr. Donald Cork, and Dr. Steven Schmid, combine experience, skill, state-of-the-art technology, and luxury amenities to address your symptoms comfortably and efficiently. In some cases, we can place porcelain crowns in as little as one appointment. 

Don't live in pain or risk your oral health. Request an appointment by calling our dental practice in Merritt Island, FL, or by contacting us online.

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Richard Pierce

Merritt Island, FL


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Amazing staff and Dr Schmid the best Doctor I have been to. Would recommend this place to any family or friend.

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Harry Bilgray

Merritt Island, FL


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If your looking for the best then look no further, super friendly staff and the doctors are at the top of their game

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Why Choose Our Office For Your Root Canal Treatment?

Right now, you may be under a lot of stress, but let us put you at ease. When you visit our compassionate team for root canal treatment, you 'll be met with:

Experienced Care

Our Merritt Island dentists have over 20 years of experience providing root canal treatment and placing custom dental crowns. They also offer a wide variety of treatments, including implant placement.

Advanced Technology

At our dental practice, we use state-of-the-art technology, including rotary instruments, an apex locator, and even CT images to achieve better patient outcomes. We can often place same-day crowns with our CEREC® in-office milling machine.

Luxury Amenities

We want our patients to be as comfortable as possible during their root canal procedure. To help you relax, we offer headphones and Netflix in every patient room at our dental office.

A Team You Can Trust For Your Root Canal Needs

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Tooth pain or an abscess can be a sign of infection and should be addressed as soon as possible with treatments like root canal therapy. In some cases, you might not even have a root canal infection. Instead, you could have a cavity, which is far simpler to treat.

Worried about what will happen if your tooth cannot be saved? Even in the worst-case root canal scenario, you'll be glad you visited our team. We offer gentle tooth extraction, precise dental implant placement, and custom restorations, giving you all the care you need under one roof.

If you are experiencing pain or sudden symptoms, contact our Merritt Island dental practice. We will try to fit you in as quickly as possible to relieve the stress and discomfort stemming from your root canal troubles. 

Root Canal Treatment Costs

The cost of your root canal will depend on a number of factors, such as which tooth requires treatment and how much your dental insurance covers. After your dentist develops a treatment plan, we will verify your insurance coverage to determine what your out-of-pocket costs will be. 

For those without insurance or for costs not covered by your dental insurance, we accept CareCredit®. This reputable lender allows you to finance the cost of your root canal treatment, breaking it into affordable monthly payments.

Merritt Island Patients Visit Us for a Reason


Brian Setters

Merritt Island, FL


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I haven’t been to the dentist in a while!!! So I knew I was gonna need some extensive work done. I took some research to find the right dentist for me as I have great anxiety in going to the doctor or dentist. So after searching on google I chose to go to Dr Wilkhu. I am so happy I did. Tiffany was my hygienist for the day and Dr Cork did my exam and they were awesome! They both made me feel at peace and were very gentle and reassuring that I was in good hands. Thank you to the entire staff from the time I started with phone calls, the front desk, the hygienist and Doctors! You all rock!! Highly recommend this dentist office!!

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Scott Zamorski

Merritt Island, FL


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I had pretty bad dental anxiety and been a few years since I saw a dentist. It looked like I needed a good scrubbing on the teeth. They where top notch and the best.

Never thought I would be comfortable in a dental chair and someone working in my mouth. They took great care of me from calling to make an appointment to when they got done with me.

If you have anxiety, this is the place for you!

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Root Canal Timeline

Together, Dr. Wilkhu, Dr. Cork, and Dr. Schmid offer comprehensive care for Merritt Island patients. If you need to visit their office for a root canal consultation, the process should go something like this:
We take great care to ensure your root canal treatment will be virtually painless using local anesthetic. 
We take great care to ensure your root canal treatment will be virtually painless using local anesthetic. 


During your initial consultation at our dental practice in Merritt Island, FL, your dentist will examine your mouth to determine if a root canal is the right procedure for you. 

Local Anesthetic

Before your root canal begins, your dentist will numb the area to ensure you are completely comfortable.

Accessing the Treatment Area

To begin your root canal, your dentist will create a small opening in the tooth. This allows them to reach the pulp and tooth roots. 

Cleaning the Tooth

The pulp consists of tissues and blood vessels within the tooth. Your dentist will remove this infected pulp and clean the inside of the tooth structure.

Filling the Tooth

Once the pulp is removed and the tooth is cleaned, it is filled with a rubber-like compound to provide support. 

Sealing the Site

Finally, the tooth is sealed to prevent bacteria from entering the tooth's structure.

Dental Crown Placement

A dental crown is usually placed over the tooth to provide additional structural support. In some cases, we can use CEREC technology to craft your crown in as little as one appointment. In others, your dentist will place a temporary restoration, and you will return once the permanent crown is ready.

Have questions about how a root canal is performed?

See How a Root Canal Is Performed

After the area is completely numbed, your dentist will make an opening in the tooth. This allows them to access the tooth's interior and the roots where the infected pulp lies. They will then remove the infected pulp, which consists of tissues and blood vessels. Once this is done, your dentist will pack and fill the tooth. A dental crown is typically placed to provide added strength to the tooth structure.

Will My New Crown Look Natural?

Yes, it will, even in dramatic cases like this example. That means no one will ever need to know that you have a dental crown.
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Before Dental Crown
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After Dental Crown
As you can see, this patient's crown blends in easily with the rest of their teeth. Not to mention, it's also strong enough to protect their natural tooth structure.

Earning Patient Loyalty With Dedicated Care


Ashley Biasetti

Merritt Island, FL


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Dr. Schmid is the best! He’s very detailed and dedicated to his work. I live in Viera, there are a few options closer to here but I’d rather drive to Merritt Island and have Dr. Schmid because I truly trust his work.

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Jim Nicholas

Merritt Island, FL


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I cannot say enough about the thorough and professional level of care I received from Dr. Steven Schmid and his well trained staff. Plus, the end results exceeded my expectations!

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Root Canal FAQs

Are all root canal infections painful?

No, they're not, but a lack of discomfort isn't a sign to avoid treatment. If you notice symptoms like bleeding, a pimple over your gums, or darkening enamel, you may need root canal therapy. Act quickly and visit our understanding Merritt Island dentists for treatment.

Shouldn't I see an endodontist?

While an endodontist does specialize in root canals, the dentists at our Merritt Island, FL, dental practice are experienced in this procedure. An added benefit to seeing our dentists instead of an endodontist is that you can also have your crown placed with us. Most endodontists do not provide restorations, so you would have a longer treatment time involving multiple appointments.

Can't I just take antibiotics for an infection?

Once bacteria enters the tooth through a cavity or crack and infects the pulp, antibiotics are not enough to completely eliminate the infection. Some cases may require a round of antibiotics in conjunction with root canal therapy, but in most cases, a root canal will be necessary to remove the infection. 

What about having the tooth pulled?

It is best to attempt to preserve the tooth structure whenever possible. Even a single missing tooth can cause bone deterioration in the jaw, causing other teeth to shift, and lead to more extensive dental work in the future. However, in the case that our dentists are not able to save your tooth with a root canal, we can easily replace it with a dental implant and personalized crown.

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Family Dentistry & Prosthodontics

Our team of friendly dental professionals can help you and your family enjoy beautiful, healthy smiles for years to come. Our dentists are members of a number of professional associations including:

  • American Dental Association
  • Florida Dental Association
  • International Dental Implant Association

To schedule a consultation at our Merritt Island, FL, office contact us online or call (321) 459-2444.

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