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.
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.
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.
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Patient Review from Donald W
Although "root canals" traditionally have a reputation for being a procedure that one would like to avoid if at all possible, my experience with Advanced Endodontics Associates was exactly the opposite! Dr. Michael Ribera was great: very professionally capable with very reassuring doctor/patient "people skills." He showed me and educated me about every step of the procedure and was more than willing to answer all of my many questions. All of the rest of the DC office's staff were equally great in their respective roles... from the pleasant/calming and efficient greeting at the front desk, to the assistance of the professional dental assistants, to the capable office staff assistance in arranging payment and future appointments. Thanks to all.
- Donald W
Patient Review from Bela D
The staff was wonderful, Thank you. I especially liked that Dr Simon explained every part of the procedure as we went along. Very comforting. Overall, a very congenial experience.
- Bela D
Patient Review from Stephen T
Dr Hetz told me throughout the procedure what he was doing and why that step of the procedure was important and how long it would take.
- Stephen T
Patient Review from France V
I was impressed by the efficiency of the harmonious team work of the dentist and his assistant treating delicately my root canal.
- France V
Patient Review from Michael W
First let me say the fear I had of ever needing another root canal. But, four days before my child's wedding which was out of the country. I was having dinner and out of blue the tooth next to my front tooth started to hurt when I "tapped" it. I knew I was in trouble. Since I am in the healthcare field, I had heard about the "GentleWave" procedure and Dr. Menhinick. I waited ten days to get back to the States by taking an antibiotic so I could see Dr. Menhinick. (YMMV) I knew how important it is to remove the nerve, remove the pulp and clean the tooth to avoid re-infection. I wanted to avoid a apicoectomy in the future or loose my tooth! Dr. Menhinick took the time to explain the procedure every step of the way. After it was over, I took an OTC pain pill. (Just in case of pain after the novocaine would wear off). I never followed up with another pain pill because I did not need too! I hope I never need her services again, but, I would recommend Dr. Menhinick if I did or if someone I knew needed a root canal.
- Michael W
Patient Review from Richard C
We have been to the office numerous times. All have been a pleasure....with the exception of having to go at all! The dental assistants are kind and knowledgeable, the doctors are exceptional and the “front office” beyond description! Here’s to Margaret, Jaime and Alan for making our visits so pleasant.
- Richard C
Patient Review from Ana M
Dr Hetz is an outstanding endodontist. He is a true professional and very nice. He is incredibly knowledgeable and explains everything he is doing in detail to make you feel so comfortable. I would not have been happier with my experience. The dental work I had done was shockingly painless. Everyone was super welcoming, genuine, professional, kind and caring. From arrival through departure, they were excellent and thoughtful in their approach and they offered a comprehensive overview of what needed to be done and why would need to be done in the future. The office is nice and inviting, and everything is state-of-the-art. I love their technology. Thanks for your expertise and hospitality!
- Ana M
Patient Review from Michael T
The staff here are friendly and thorough. Dr. Assadipour walked me through her evaluation process and also provided explanations of the root canal treatment process throughout the treatment and very thoughtfully discussed what to expect for that tooth afterwards. It was clear that she was making her recommendations based on the best interest of the patient. She also took excellent care to ensure I was comfortable during the procedure. A root canal is no one's preferred way to spend an hour, and there are a lot of interesting instruments that fly past your eyes, but their demeanor and expertise with the procedure made for a good experience.
- Michael T
Patient Review from Norman K
Dr. Ribera and all his staff of assistants were superbly kind and helpful. Dr.Ribera himself was extremely friendly and thoughtful as well as professional .He often explained each step of the procedure and alleviated any concerns I may have had. I also enjoyed the classical music that he played during the procedure (Beethoven's Emperor Concerto).
- Norman K
Patient Review from Mike R
- Mike R
Patient Review from Kacey M
- Kacey M
Patient Review from Justin P
- Justin P
Patient Review from Lisa B
Always a friendly, helpful and knowledgeable staff. The experience was as pleasant as a root canal can be!
- Lisa B
Patient Review from Virginia H
I really appreciate your working me in on a emergency basis, and you did a great job. The procedure was as comfortable as a root canal could be.
- Virginia H
Patient Review from Marta M
Wonderful and caring treatment with doctor Cantamessa
- Marta M
Patient Review from Jocelyn K
Dr. Simon could not have been more caring. He explained every step of the process to me and constantly checked in to make sure that I was comfortable. Root canal is not fun, but it was about as good as it gets!
- Jocelyn K
Patient Review from Minoo R
Dr. Assadipour is amazing. I had two root canals before my brother recommended Dr. Assadipour to fix the root canal that was still causing me pain. She saved my tooth and she did it so gently that with all the fear of injection and root canal I have from past experience, I almost fell asleep. She is the best! I am so greatful to Dr. Assadipour and her wonderful staff! Thank you!!
- Minoo R
Patient Review from Peter R
- Peter R
Patient Review from Carolyn W
So much easier than I expected. Absolutely no pain following the procedures. Great receptionist.
- Carolyn W
Patient Review from SUEANNE B
If you have to have dental work done aside from the traditional filling, this is the place to go. The nursing & administrative staff is friendly, helpful and compassionate! And I can't say enough about Dr. Simon! He's kind, friendly and highly qualified for specialized dental work. He tells you everything he's going to do so you know what's going on and there are no surprises, and his work is pain free. I recommend Dr. Simon without any hesitation for any kind of particular dental work, and applaud his staff for making the patients feel calm and comfortable. Oh and by the way, there's free water and juice bottles as a bonus!
- SUEANNE B