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 Randall L

As always, this is the best endodontic experience.

- Randall L

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Patient Review from Emilie B

Excellent care.

- Emilie B

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Patient Review from Elizabeth S

Dr. Mehenick makes you feel very at ease when you are in her care. I had not see her for a few years and just really appreciate how she communicates with patients to make them feel comfortable. She has outstanding communication skills and would highly recommend her to anyone needing root canal or endodontic work. The office staff are also fantastic, Very professional and kind.

- Elizabeth S

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Patient Review from Irvin S

I have visited both the DC and Rockville offices. Both offices are very professional and courteous. I HIGHLY recommend this practice.

- Irvin S

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Patient Review from Lisa R

Really outstanding in every way! The professionalism is superb. I so appreciated the attention to detail, explanation of options and process, and of course the outcome.

- Lisa R

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Patient Review from Fred B

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Patient Review from Laura L

Dr. Assadipour is the absolute best. I have and will continue to recommend her to family and friends. I love how she lets me know what will happen next during the procedure. She is aware how uncomfortable a root canal is for the patient and she cares about that discomfort. I trust her and that huge! The staff is excellent and so friendly. Thanks for making my root canal.....a bit better of an experience!

- Laura L

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Patient Review from Stephanie L

I have see both Dr. Ribera and Dr. Simon. They are terrific doctors, and the staff has been extremely good.

- Stephanie L

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Patient Review from Shannon S

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Patient Review from Christie M

Dr. Hetz definitely tells it to you straight - but he did an excellent job, following his instructions, so far I haven't suffered any pain. I hope that his procedure went as well today as mine did yesterday!

- Christie M

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Patient Review from Stephanie

Having to get two root canals done within two months is not ideal, but my experience with Dr. Menhinick and the office made everything go smoothly and painlessly. Thank you all!

- Stephanie

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Patient Review from Tony S

Dr. Menhinick was the first dentist who explained every step of every procedure along the way. She also called to check on my progress managing post-procedure pain. Her collaboration and collegiality with her assistant was also comforting and exceptional. Recommend highly and without hesitation.

- Tony S

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Patient Review from IG G

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Patient Review from Win P

Dr. Hetz is absolutely amazing in how thorough and detail oriented he is. Plus, he advocates on your behalf to get you in with the dentist asap for any crown or other followup. He's respectful to his staff which says a lot about him. Plus, Margaret in billing proactively suggests that she can submit bill to insurance.

- Win P

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Patient Review from Paul E

Dr. Menhinick is great, her assistants as well, In fact everyone I dealt with were flawless. Also, the books, rather than old issues of People Magazine, in the waiting room were a refreshing surprise. Not that i had to wait really.

- Paul E

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