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 an 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

Read patient reviews for this procedure below…

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 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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5 out of 5 stars based on 343 Root Canal Therapy reviews.

Patient Review from Sean S

Every I dealt with in every contact was completely friendly, professional, and efficient. I consider myself the worst dental patient I have ever known - I avoided getting work done for years. My visit went so well that if you told me I had to have another root canal from Dr. Hetz tomorrow, I would not be at all nervous. Miraculous. Thank you.

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Patient Review from Jonathan K

Couldn't be happier unless I didn't have to have a Root Canal! The staff is very friendly and the doctor was fabulous! Very informative while having the procedure done and painless as well! Would give more than 5 stars if I could!

- Jonathan K

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Patient Review from Jean H

I could not ask for more competent and compasssionate care. The root canal was not a difficult or painful process. I highly recommend Dr. Simon and his staff. They provided exceptional care.

- Jean H

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Patient Review from Loretta P

Dr. Menhinick is an excellent endodontist. When she performed my root canals, she showed kindness, patience in answering my questions and sincere care. In fact, the entire staff show compassion and professionalism. Although I don’t know anyone who would want a root canal, if it is necessary, then I would highly recommend Advanced Endodontic Associates

- Loretta P

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Patient Review from Peter L

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Patient Review from audrey s

Front desk was really very helpful with all the insurance processing, and Dr. Assadipour made the root canal a breeze to get through. Absolutely no complaints.

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Patient Review from Cecily N

Dr. Simon has now done three root canals for me, and they have all been fine--no infection, good post-procedure instructions, etc. He's terrific, but I also want to commend his assistant IRIS, who was with me in the Chevy Chase office for the basic procedure. When Dr. Simon was doing that painful injection of the anesthetic, and I was curling my toes and fingers not to whimper, Iris rubbed my shoulder. I told her later that I really appreciated that, and she said "Sometimes a distraction helps." I told her no, it was the warm human sympathy expressed in just that small gesture that cheered me up. She was great!

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Patient Review from William R

It was a very pleasant experience, much easier than my last procedure of this kind, over 20 years ago. I was impressed with the high level of technology Dr. Goodman could utilize to ensure that everything went well. It was a tricky procedure which could have gone wrong in less skillful hands or without the aid of the office's 3-D imaging capability. I was very impressed, and I liked Dr. Goodman a lot!

- William R

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Patient Review from alan d

Dr Simon initially treated me on an emergency basis and did the initial root canal on Saturday with no assistant. He was terrific.

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Patient Review from Margaret H

This was my 3rd root canal with Dr. Ribera - I would never go to anyone else - he is THE BEST!

- Margaret H

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Patient Review from Sid G

Everyone in the office, starting with Dr. Assadipour, was exceptionally kind, attentive, responsive - and, as much as I could tell, skilled in their work. I was especially impressed by dental assistant Lisa. At my request, Dr. A administered extra doses of numbing agent so I would feel no pain - and it worked perfectly. Highly recommended!

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Patient Review from Leslie C

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Patient Review from Richard K

I have received treatment from Dr. Ribera on numerous occasions and have never been disappointed by his skill, his bedside manner and the results

- Richard K

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Patient Review from Nicholas R

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Patient Review from Deborah L

I had some sensitivity to the antibiotics and some swelling, which sometimes happens. Every call I made for advice was returned within moments, and every person with whom I spoke was most helpful. Extremely pleased with the competence, attitude, and attentiveness. Thank you!

- Deborah L

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