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

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 200 Root Canal Therapy reviews.

Patient Review from Marie T

Dr. Hetz is extremely kind, patient and professional.

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Patient Review from Susan R

If you need to have root canal therapy, this is the only place to go. Dr. Ribera, his assistant, and the front office staff are professional and friendly. Highly recommended.

- Susan R

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Patient Review from Debbie G

What a pleasant experience! Dr. Menhinick is lovely. She explained everything to me and was very gentle when working on my tooth. All the staff are really nice and very helpful.

- Debbie G

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Patient Review from Ilana B

It was my first root canal, so I was a little nervous. The care was superb; I would definitely go back.

- Ilana B

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Patient Review from Rebecca V

From the moment he took me back to the procedure room, Christopher was friendly and put me at ease for my root canal. Dr. Assadipour was also so friendly and helpful. I appreciated that she talked to me throughout the procedure to explain what she was doing. The whole procedure was relatively pain/discomfort-free, which was a welcome surprise! I was also pleasantly surprised by Dr. Assadipour's follow-up call in the evening to make sure I was doing okay. It is clear that everyone in the office really cares about each patient! I highly recommend this practice.

- Rebecca V

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Patient Review from Glen M

I apologize for missing Dr. Hetz's courtesy calls over the weekend. If I had spoken with him, I'd have told him that by Friday evening, the day of the treatment, I really couldn't even tell I'd had a root canal (much less three) -- the only soreness was from keeping my jaw open, I think. He really did a remarkable job on these teeth.

- Glen M

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Patient Review from Abigail W

From the background music to the thoughtfulness of everyone with whom I came in contact, it was -- for a dreaded root canal procedure -- as positive an experience as I could have hoped fo.

- Abigail W

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Patient Review from Kenneth K

Experience entirely excellent.

- Kenneth K

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Patient Review from Jessica D

I was in excruciating pain! My general dentist recommended Dr. Simon. He was amazing and very kind. They got me in at the last minute today. Entire staff was wonderful and made me feel comfortable. The office was immaculate. Dr. Simon took his time with me and explained everything. Office was immaculate. A lot of high-tech equipment which helped with the diagnosis I would definitely recommend Dr. Simon..

- Jessica D

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Patient Review from MAURICE N

One stop shop. Extremely accommodating.


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Patient Review from Anne K

Great experience on a complicated root canal first thing in the morning by Dr Hetz and Emma!

- Anne K

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Patient Review from Elisabeth P

Dr. Ribera is fantastic: gentle but firm, informative, thoroughly professional; he and his assistant work in a highly disciplined way that engenders reassurance for the patient. It is also notable how everyone in the office is so courteous with each other and with patients. I would have no hesitation in recommending them.

- Elisabeth P

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Patient Review from Judy O

Called at 9 a.m. had an appt for 2. Can’t beat the service.

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