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Root Canal

Are you dealing with a persistent toothache, teeth sensitivity, or swollen gums? It may be time for a root canal.

Drs. Tyler L. Pendergrass and Eric. S. Wilkie can perform root canal treatment in a single appointment to relieve painful symptoms.

Learn more about how our dental team in Amarillo, TX, can help you start feeling better today...

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A Simple Procedure with Many Benefits

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Pain Relief

The pain from a root canal infection can be excruciating and prevent you from getting a good night's rest or being able to concentrate at work. Root canal treatment eliminates pain for good by removing the infected tissue from within the tooth.

Preservation of Your Teeth

Did you know that a root canal can save your tooth? A severely decayed tooth would otherwise need to be extracted and replaced with an implant and crown or other restorative solution, which is much costlier and complex in comparison.

Complete Root Canal Treatment in One Appointment

Our CEREC® technology makes it possible to create a custom crown in a single appointment. If your tooth requires a crown after the root canal procedure, we can provide a custom restoration right away, allowing you to leave our office with a comfortable, healthy smile that looks completely natural. No need for a temporary filling or crown, or a second appointment!

Restored Oral Health

Receiving a root canal removes bacteria and infected pulp (the nerves, blood vessels, and ligaments inside a tooth and the root canals). This protects surrounding teeth and gums from dental infection. By addressing decay or infection now, patients save money and stress in the long run.

Why Does a Root Canal Become Necessary?

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When bacteria enters the pulp chamber of the tooth, a root canal is the only way to resolve the resulting infection.

Do You Have Any of These Symptoms?

  • Toothache

  • Sensitive teeth

  • Tooth discoloration

  • Swollen gums

  • Bad breath

  • Abscess

If so, get in touch with us - we will get you in as soon as possible.

 "I Wouldn't Go Anywhere Else!"


Paula Sarrett


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I love this office, from the receptionist, Sandra, to my Dental hygienist, Stacy, to my wonderful dentist, Dr. Wilkie. I wouldnt go anywhere else and always tell people about him! Caring, knowledgeable, trusting! Can't say enough, but thank you for being there for me!. I don't know what I would do without yall!❤❤

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Reva Tilley


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Best experience I have had with a dental office! I put off going to the dentist for years due to bad experiences in the past. I enjoy Pendergrass & Willkie Dentistry so much that I look forward to my cleanings. The moment you walk into their office you are greeted by a friendly face. The staff are gentle and attentive to your needs. If you are new to town or you are looking to make a change, this is the place to be!!!

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The Relief You Need Is Available and Affordable

Do you suspect you need a root canal, but hesitate to do something about it because you are uninsured? Our office strives to make dental treatment affordable for everyone by offering financing through CareCredit. CareCredit splits the cost of treatment into affordable monthly payments with low interest. We also offer a five-percent discount on cash payments. So what are you waiting for? Let's get you in for a root canal as soon as possible. To get started, fill out our online form and a member of our team will be in touch. You can also call our Amarillo, TX, office at:

(806) 358-8801

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Feeling Anxious About Visiting the Dentist? We Offer Sedation

Many people think of pain when they think of root canals, but this couldn't be further from the truth. While the procedure may seem scary, root canals alleviate pain instead of causing it. Treatment is fairly simple, doesn't feel much different than getting a deep filling, and will be over before you know it.

Our Amarillo, TX, practice offers sedation dentistry to patients who are nervous and need help feeling relaxed in the dental chair. Our dentists will determine which sedation method is best for you in order to ensure a seamless procedure during which you will be calm and very nearly asleep. Chances are, you won't remember a thing afterward!

The Root Canal Procedure


Dr. Wilkie or Dr. Pendergrass will learn about your symptoms and evaluate your teeth to determine if a root canal is right for you. We use x-rays to identify any signs of infection in the tooth roots and plan your treatment.


We administer local anesthesia to numb the treatment area and surrounding gum tissue. Other sedation options can also be administered during this time based on your needs.

Access Point

After you are completely numb, we begin the dental procedure. Our dentists create a small opening on the surface of the tooth, serving as a direct access point to the pulp chamber (the center of the tooth containing nerves, blood vessels, and other tissues) and root canals (the centers of the tooth roots).


The pulp is carefully removed from within the tooth and root canals.


After the pulp is removed, the inside of the tooth is cleaned and disinfected.

Sealing the Tooth

The pulp is replaced with a rubber-like dental material and sealed.


Our Amarillo, TX, office uses CEREC technology that allows us to create a custom crown right here in our office within about an hour. While root canals often require a temporary crown and at least two visits, we can usually complete every step in one visit.

A Closer Look at the Root Canal Procedure

A root canal removes the infected pulp, sterilizes the inner portion of the tooth, and is usually completed by placing a dental crown.

What Is the Cost of a Root Canal?

The cost of a root canal depends on several factors, such as which tooth is being treated and whether a crown is needed. The teeth farthest back in your jaw, known as the maxillary molars, contain three roots, while other teeth may only have one. That means that removing infected pulp from a maxillary molar will take longer. Most insurance plans contribute to at least a portion of the cost of a root canal. Meanwhile, the cost of alternative dental procedures such as replacing a tooth with an implant and a restoration will cost far more than a root canal. Our team in Amarillo, TX, will give you an accurate estimate during your initial consultation with us, and can help explain financing options if needed.

"Always Courteous and Devotes Full Attention."


Bill Jacobs


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The staff - hygienists, appointment scheduler, insurance clerk , and dentists - is always courteous and devote full attention to the patient. I live in Mesa, AZ but try to come all the way to Amarillo twice a year to get my teeth cleaned. I have had some other procedures done and Dr. Pendergrass constantly asking if I am having any pain, and more than willing to make sure I am totally comfortable throughout whatever procedure he is doing. I highly recommend this practice to anyone!

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Rayneen Ramirez


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Always friendly and take great care of me. Love Dr Pendagrass and his staff I had to switch for a short period of time because of insurance. But didn’t take long for Dr Pendagrass to get us back :)))) thank you for that

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is a root canal really necessary?

Once the tooth becomes infected, a root canal is the only solution other than extraction. Our x-rays can detect if root canal treatment is needed.

How painful is a root canal?

The actual root canal procedure is virtually painless. We use the most gentle techniques and anesthesia to maximize comfort during root canal treatment. Sedation is also available upon request.

What is the recovery like?

You may feel tender or sore afterward, but this is perfectly normal and fades relatively quickly. Over-the-counter pain relief can help mitigate discomfort as you heal. You can expect discomfort to subside within a few days.

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Pendergrass & Wilkie Dentistry

The Pendergrass & Wilkie Dentistry team is committed to helping you achieve excellent oral health through compassionate, professional, and personalized dental care. Drs. Tyler L. Pendergrass and Eric S. Wilkie are highly trained, trusted doctors who belong to leading organizations, including:

  • American Dental Association
  • Texas Dental Association

To experience our advanced level of technology and welcoming dental office, call us at (806) 358-8801 or request a consultation online.

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