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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Advanced Endodontic Associates

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

Patient Review from Rachel W

Everyone was warm, welcoming and professional. I felt that I was in exceptionally good hands. And great music while in the chair, too! No pain at all. HIghly recommend this practice.

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Patient Review from Susan D

Felt very comfortable and at ease. Dr explained everything he was doing and had good sense of humor.

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Patient Review from Sandra S

Great endodontic practice. The office staff was very helpful and Dr. Ribera very talented. Everything went like clockwork with no discomfort. High tech dentistry at it's finest.

- Sandra S

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Patient Review from Mark W

Wonderful care and treatment! First rate!

- Mark W

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Patient Review from Marilyn P

I am a whimp when it comes to dental work. Staff and endodontist were terrific and endodontist gave me a high level of confidence in his work. He did a fantastic job and was very caring to insure that my problem was resolved. He also provided me with options and rationale for choices, which gave me a feeling of some control over what was to occur. Outstanding professionalism.

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Patient Review from Matthew C

I liked the way he explains exactly what he is doing.

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Patient Review from Amy S

Amazing service and brilliant work!

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Patient Review from Jennifer G

My doctor was awesome! I didn't feel hardly anything throughout the procedure but a little bit of pressure. Today is the next day and I don't feel anything! Will come back to this place if I ever need another root canal done in the future!

- Jennifer G

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Patient Review from Jeanne D

I was visiting for the weekend and required emergency care. The office was exceptional about getting an appointment for me. Dr Mehnick was awesome! She went over options and then performed a difficult root canal. I was very pleased with the whole experience.

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Patient Review from Matthild S

Always look forward to root canals at this practice.

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Patient Review from Linda B

Advanced Endodontic Associates provided extraordinary care to me during my recent root canal procedure. Their equipment is state-of-the-art and they know how to use it. Dr Simon explained what he was doing every step of the way, and the office staff was very friendly and made the process easy for me. I highly recommend Advanced Endodontic Associates for root canals.

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Patient Review from Amelia L

Customer service has always been outstanding and consistent.

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Patient Review from Eleanor M

They go above and beyond at the Rockville office Paula and Dr Luke Cantamessa and the staff went above and beyond

- Eleanor M

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Patient Review from Michael S

I was in severe pain and my dentist referred me to AEA. They made an appointment for late in the day. Within 15 minutes I got a return call and said they reviewed my symptoms more carefully...I should come in immediately! Dr. Luke took extremely good care of me and his root canal treatment absolved my pain within one day.

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