Root Canal Treatment

What is a root canal?

Root canal treatment removes the diseased inner pulp tissue of a tooth in order to stop painful inflammation and to prevent a dental abscess. Without endodontic treatment, diseased teeth would need to be extracted. Root canal treatment stops the disease process and prevents infection so that the tooth can continue to provide function throughout life.

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Most root canal treatments are done with local anesthetics just as would be provided at your dentist’s office for a filling or crown. A rubber dam is placed around the tooth that acts as a surgical barrier to prevent saliva from contaminating the root canal with bacteria, and to prevent disinfecting solutions from contact with the mouth. A small opening is made in the chewing surface of the tooth or crown to gain access to the root canal spaces. Small instruments are navigated to the tips of the roots, and then used to enlarge, disinfect, and clean the roots. Once the roots are clean inside, they are filled with a rubber material that will stay permanently inside the roots to prevent recontamination.

Once the root canal is treated, the tooth needs to be restored by your general dentist. Sometimes this restoration is a filling, and sometimes it is a crown (porcelain cap).

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 for a follow-up restoration within a few weeks of completion at our office. 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 a root canal cost?

The cost associated with root canals 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.


Great River Endodontics

5 out of 5 stars based on 135 Root Canal reviews.

Patient Review By Jane K

All of the staff were professional and kind. Dr. Lund took time to explain procedures and options.

- Jane K

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Patient Review By Deborah S

The office was professional and the staff was very friendly and professional. The doctor checked things out thoroughly to make sure that my procedure was necessary. As it turned out, he did not feel that a root canal was my problem. Very considerate to double check before proceeding. Save me an expense that was not necessary.

- Deborah S

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Patient Review By Troy C

If you need this type of work done.These are the people you want doing it.

- Troy C

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Patient Review By Joyce R

I was very comfortable during the procedure. The process was explained in a friendly and understandable manner. I felt confident it was the correct tooth and moving forward with the procedure. I would return if I need more work in the future and I would recommend the endodontist and office to others.

- Joyce R

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Patient Review By joe p

Did not even need aspirin

- joe p

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Patient Review By Renee G

Dr. Penaz and his assistant were top notch. I am a big baby when it comes to dental work and they were very professional, checking to make sure I was comfortable throughout the procedure. If I had to have more work done, this is the place to go. Thank you!!

- Renee G

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Patient Review By Maija Z

I was pleasantly surprised that after the root canal I felt good, no pain, could sleep really well the following night, actually no pain as such..the tooth was a little tender two days later, but overall, an excellent experience about a usually unpleasant procedure.

- Maija Z

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Patient Review By Janet B

Everyone was very professional and courteous.

- Janet B

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Patient Review By Daniel K

I didn't know what to expect, so I was surprised and very pleased with the procedure and the treatment I received.. They told me it may take a week to get used to it and they were almost right --- It took 4 days.

- Daniel K

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Patient Review By Ashley F

Highly recommend! I was so nervous as I’ve had awful experiences at different places in the past. The dentist and his assistant were amazing and very calming. Was in and out with ease!

- Ashley F

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Patient Review By Dan S

Everything went well and I was happy with how I was handled by both the Endodontist on call and the staff that took care of me when I was there for the procedure.

- Dan S

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Patient Review By Ken M

Friendly professional staff. I've already recommended them to a friend who may need a Root Canal.

- Ken M

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Patient Review By Robert P

The Great River staff were very friendly and professional. Dr. Tom Karn was excellent in explaining the procedure and making the whole experience as pleasant as possible.

- Robert P

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Patient Review By Edward M

Painless root canal. Great job!!

- Edward M

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Patient Review By Natalie S

Highly recommend! Very friendly and professional staff.

- Natalie S

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Patient Review By Diane D C

Everyone there helped calm my nerves for my procedure and explained things to me before they happened. Very good experience!

- Diane D C

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Patient Review By Jean K

The staff and doctor were very good about explaining what would happen and what was going on.

- Jean K

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Patient Review By Renee M

Office staff were friendly and helpful. Dr. And assistant were very informative and personable.

- Renee M

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Patient Review By Josh L

I was highly impressed by the overall care and relaxing atmosphere of the office. It was easily the most comfortable root canal procedure I’ve ever had done (this was my third) and that tooth and the gums were in BAD shape, so that’s saying something about their expertise and professionalism. I hope I won’t have to get a root canal again for quite some time, but if I do, Great River will be my first choice to get it done. Thanks for all you do!

- Josh L

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Patient Review By Gail O

Honesty - dentist recommended no root canal as tooth had a crack.

- Gail O

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