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 192 Root Canal reviews.

Patient Review By Julie D

Other than having to wait a couple of weeks for an appointment, everything and everyone were really great. The utmost was done before, during, and after the procedure to ensure my comfort and care. Despite never wanting to have another root canal ever, if it was necessary, this place would definitely be my first choice.

- Julie D

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Patient Review By Dale Y

The whole experience was was professional with overall concern with how I was doing.

- Dale Y

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Patient Review By Bill E

Very satisfied.

- Bill E

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Patient Review By Theresa H

I loved the music when I first walked in, for me that set the tone. I knew it would go well.

- Theresa H

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Patient Review By Mark J

I was very impressed with the courtesy of the staff and the care received, I had some unique challenges with my tooth, but Dr. Saylor did a magnificent job. If I need any more major dental work I would come back any time.

- Mark J

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Patient Review By kathryn v

Dr Karn and his staff all engendered in me a strong feeling of confidence in their abilities and competence. They clearly care about what their are doing and therefore I felt cared about as well. Thank you.... job well done.

- kathryn v

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Patient Review By Mathew H

My procedure was done very quickly and I felt completely comfortable the entire time. I can't even tell that any work was done. I had no lasting pain or discomfort even after the numbing agent wore off.

- Mathew H

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Patient Review By Tamara R

Very professional and friendly. Would definitely recommend!

- Tamara R

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Patient Review By Bill B

The staff from scheduling the appointment to the ones working that day were very friendly and professional! Dr. Papworth and Robin were awesome throughly explaining everything that was going to happen. Totally pain free root canal! Great job! Thank you

- Bill B

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Patient Review By Toni R

In need of a root canal on an upper molar, Great River Endodontics was recommended and they did a fantastic job. So very pleased with the results. Thank you so very much.

- Toni R

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Patient Review By Sue W

Dr Saylor and staff squeezed me into their schedule last minute to take care of a very sore tooth! They were extremely compassionate and caring! I hope I don't have to go back, but if I have problems in the future, I won't hesitate to return. Thank you, again--so much appreciated!

- Sue W

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Patient Review By Laurie L

Having never had any major dental work done before, my anxiety levels were pretty high, but Dr. Papworth and his assistant Robin were wonderful. Such a great experience. From the moment I entered the lobby to the moment I left. I would definitely recommend Great River Endodontics!! Thank you!

- Laurie L

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Patient Review By Guy G

This was by far the best experience I have had with any dental work. The Doctor and his assistant Ericka were open, upfront, listened to my concerns and did a great painless job with 2 Root Canals at the same time!

- Guy G

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Patient Review By Laura D

Exceptional people giving the best service! Thank you!

- Laura D

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Patient Review By Jake V

Pain free root canal!

- Jake V

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Patient Review By Tammy C

Very nice staff. The endodontist listened to my concerns and anxiety issues.

- Tammy C

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Patient Review By Lisa J

This was not my first root canal but it was my first one at Great River. I was very pleased with the care given from start to finish. I’m usually very nervous about getting novocaine shots and my heart races but I did not feel any pain or discomfort!

- Lisa J

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Patient Review By Deb W

As root canals go this was a very positive experience. Very friendly, yet professional staff. Dr Karn was informative yet so down to earth. Thankful for this team!!

- Deb W

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Patient Review By Jason S

For a first-time root canal and hopefully my last... the staff was amazing - the process was well explained and help calm nerves. Overall went well and now pain free, THANK YOU!!!

- Jason S

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Patient Review By Tara C

From the scheduler on the phone to the assistant to the Dr, everyone was so friendly. I never thought I would say that I had a pleasant experience with a root canal, but I did.

- Tara C

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