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 prevent a dental abscess. Without endodontic treatment, diseased teeth would need to be extracted. Root canal treatment stop 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 on 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 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 407 Root Canal reviews.

Patient Review By Mary J

The staff and the Doctor were very careing hope I donot need to go back . But if I do there my choice. Thank you for the care.

- Mary J

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Patient Review By Sandra G

I received great care during my procedure. Everyone was kind and very professional.

- Sandra G

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Patient Review By Val A

Thank you for getting me in for a root canal! Everyone was great!

- Val A

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Patient Review By Brenda M

Everyone was so nice. Was very comfortable for an uncomfortable procedure. Everything was explained thoroughly in luding the cost

- Brenda M

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Patient Review By Sue P

The staff was excellent and understanding.

- Sue P

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Patient Review By Margaret R

After not being able to get in anywhere quickly for a root canal, this clinic gave me an appointment and did the job! I was in so much pain and as soon as the dr was done, the pain was gone! I highly recommend this clinic! They are great!

- Margaret R

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Patient Review By David H

Everything went smooth, quick procedure, prices may be a little more than competition.

- David H

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Patient Review By Roger D

I cannot possibly imagine how Great River Endodontist could improve on the services preformed. Brian was remarkabley skilled and sensitive for my root canal procedure and I experienced virtually no pain during this efficient procedure. The office was clean, modern and the staff was cheerful. I drove 140 miles to this appointment and I would do it again in the unfortunate event I would ever need another root canal.

- Roger D

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Patient Review By SueP 8

Dr. Saylor was phenomenal. I am afraid of all dental treatments. He not only made me feel good during the treatment, but he did excellent work! The staff was awesome, and Stacy picked out some great music!

- SueP 8

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Patient Review By Peggy B

Dr. Karn and his assistant worked so well together that you knew this was a long time work relationship. I felt very comfortable with them both, considering I was nervous when I first arrived since this was a first root canal for me.

- Peggy B

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Patient Review By Dodi M

Everyone was efficient, friendly and polite.

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Patient Review By Sara N

I was in a lot of pain, the doctor got it looked at and done very quickly and with very minimal pain. Thank you!

- Sara N

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Patient Review By Carol M

I wasn’t thrilled about the procedure but surprisingly I was relaxed and they gave me a warm cozy blanket! Happy to say it was painless!

- Carol M

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Patient Review By Kay W

My dealings as to the referral and scheduling of my root canal were great. And, added bonus when I received a call offering me a time nearly 2 weeks earlier than the original appointment! I definitely would recommend Dr. Karn and Great River Endodontics to family and friends.

- Kay W

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Patient Review By Chris M

Friendliness and personal feel of the office makes me comfortable to come back and recommend to anyone. Also liked knowing how much out of pocket it will cost before coming in so there is no "guessing game".

- Chris M

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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.

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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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