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 163 Root Canal reviews.

Patient Review By Julie M

Great experience, friendly and knowledgeable staff.

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Patient Review By Shelly H

It was a very pleasant experience and all the staff were very friendly and made me feel very comfortable.

- Shelly H

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Patient Review By Cindis A

it was a great experience

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Patient Review By Cindy M

All went better than I expected.

- Cindy M

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Patient Review By Renée R

Staff & Doctor were amazing! I was super nervous & anxious as this was the first root canal I've ever had. Procedure went as smooth as possible though and no pain. They answered all of my questions and calmed my fears. Very patient & caring.

- Renée R

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Patient Review By Pam D

Dr Papworth and his assistant, Andrea were great. My worst fear is usually the local anesthetic. I had very little discomfort with it. Absolutely no pain with the root canal procedure. They were both very professional and made me feel comfortable. I’ve had plenty of dental work done. Crowns, root canals, implants, and this was one of the easiest appointments ever. I am also a former dental assistant. I would highly recommend Dr Papworth, and Andrea. Great job you two!!! Thank you both!

- Pam D

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Patient Review By Dale D

I nervous about the procedure. Staff made me comfortable and eased the stress. The root canal went off without a problem. Excellent Dr. And staff. I think I fell asleep during the procedure. Highly recommend Great River Endodontic!!

- Dale D

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Patient Review By Margie S

Staff were very friendly. Made me feel comfortable. Dr Saylor informed me as he treated me. I like to know what’s coming. I would highly recommend this office and Dr.

- Margie S

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Patient Review By Marcia G

They couldn't complete the root canal due to other issues,but the Dr was extremely helpful explaining my problems and gave me some great advice. Thank you Dr. Papworth.

- Marcia G

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Patient Review By Kathleen S

Very good experience ( not the root canal ) but the service

- Kathleen S

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Patient Review By Jackie J

Had a dental work done today with Dr. Penaz I highly recommend his service. Super friendly and knowledgeable. Professional I was at ease with his dental procedure like I have never been with any dentist.

- Jackie J

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Patient Review By Melissa A

Very apprehensive going into appointment but very reassured about procedure once it was explained. Would recommend them.

- Melissa A

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Patient Review

Staff was great, doctor, assistant, and procedure was even better. They really care, and do a great job. This went better than any filling I've ever had.

- Anonymous

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Patient Review By Tina H

Everything was explained to me as the treatment progressed. I felt that I had a choice in my treatment. I wasn’t pressured at all. Thanks to all that day.

- Tina H

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Patient Review By Robert B

I only went in for a consultation but honestly my opinion is that it’s to expensive for the average person. Please don’t take it the wrong way because what you do is very important but not easy to be able to afford. Thank you

- Robert B

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Patient Review By Adam B

This was my first experience having a root canal. I had a consult, followed by 2 appointments with Dr. Penaz to complete the root canal. I can’t say enough about what a great experience I had with Dr. Penaz. I strongly recommend him. He is the best of the best. I asked him tough questions in my consult, but he won me over with his expertise and incredible work with my tooth. I hope I never need another, but if I do, it will be Dr. Penaz all the way!

- Adam B

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Patient Review By Tammy F

I was very pleased. Everyone was kind and welcoming. Going to the dentist is never fun but everyone made so I had the best experience possible!

- Tammy F

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Patient Review By Tony R

The staff is friendly and the docs and assistants so knowledgeable and skillful that you feel that you are in expert hands. They relieved my anxiety and I had a comfortable experience. Procedure went smoothly and I experienced zero pain afterward.

- Tony R

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Patient Review By Gwen L

Dr. Lund and his team made my whole experience pleasant! Who knew having a root canal could be painless! Thank you!!!

- Gwen L

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Patient Review By Nick S

Wonderful experience and will come right back if I ever need anything like this again!

- Nick S

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