Root Canal Therapy

What is a root canal?

A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed, well over 22 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 tissue. It 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 endodontic (root canal) treatment to take out 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 over 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 ensure your comfort. In addition, we will provide nitrous oxide analgesia, if indicated. You will be able to drive home after your treatment, and you probably will be comfortable returning to your normal routine.

An example of a healthy tooth
Healthy Tooth
A tooth anatomy diagram highlighting pulp dentin and canal
Tooth Anatomy
A visual of tooth inflammation showing tooth decay and a inflamed pulp
A representation of a tooth with its canals cleaned
Cleaned Canals
An illustration of root canal filling of a tooth
Filling Placed
An example of a tooth healed by root canal therapy
Healed Tooth

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

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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 within a few days after root canal therapy has been completed to schedule a follow-up restoration. 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.

Advanced Endodontic Associates

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Patient Review from Courtney S

Dr. Simon and his team are the best. Period,

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Patient Review from OHN M

All are very cordials and friendly. I appreciate especially Dr. Hetz, who clearly and willingly explained the whole procedure to patients that were so helpful even for non-medical laymen. Really appreciated.


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Patient Review from Louis M

Dr. Ribera and his technician Adhi were highly professional, informative and attentive.

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Patient Review from Kathryn H

Have been coming to this practice for more than 20 years - needing many root canals. They are simply the BEST. I've been treated by 3, possibly 4 of the doctors over the years. Always kind, professional, with great communication, explaining every step. Saw Dr Simon this time - wonderful. So important to have confidence in the person who is helping you when you're in pain and worried about what is happening. I have always been seen immediately, sent directly from my dentist's office.

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Patient Review from Ruth J

Overall pleasant experience

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Patient Review from Maryna S

Absolutely painless experience with highly skilled and knowledgeable Doctor and amazing friendly stuff. Will highly recommend this office for Quality Endo needs!!! Thank you Dr. Simon

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Patient Review from Heidi S

Dr. Simon's professionalism and skills were much appreciated. He and the hygienists worked well together and showed mutual respect during my appointments. The doctor was attentive to my needs during the procedure and I feel that I received excellent professional care.

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Patient Review from John F

Although a root canal is not something I look forward to experiencing again. If I had to do it again I would certainly want to see Dr. Ribera. He and the other staff were very pleasant and professional. The work appears to have been thorough, and I have experienced minimal discomfort from the procedure.

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Patient Review from Mary W

Everyone was so nice to accomodate me at the last minute. I was leaving for South Korea and needed fast help--and they came through!

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Patient Review from John M

The whole staff was great. I especially appreciated Dr. Assadipour's bedside manner and explanations of what she was doing.

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Patient Review from Nina Z

Very good experience from start to finish!

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Patient Review from Douglas F

Staff was great. Sue, the attendant, did and excellent job. I liked the way that Dr. Ribera explained things completely and kept me informed about what he was doing and why.

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Patient Review from Charles C

All went swimmingly.

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Patient Review from Kenneth B

I was very impressed with Dr. Ribera. He gave me great confidence as he told me what was happening at each step of the root canal therapy and attentively answered my questions. I had no pain throughout the procedure and appreciated seeing the finished results of my root canal on the computer monitor. Dr. Ribera assured me that the tooth would not bother me again. He then gave me helpful instructions for after care. I left the office with gratitude knowing that my tooth problem was solved.

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Patient Review from Linda D

Everything about the experience was excellent, friendly, professional and as comfortable as possible.

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Patient Review from Richard E. W

Highly expert treatment.

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Wonderful place and experience. Free parking, easy to get to Love my new find

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