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 351 Root Canal reviews.

Patient Review By SANDRA W

I was anticipating horrible pain. I felt no pain and the treatment was awesome. They were very good. Thank you!


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Patient Review By Kathy C

I was surprised that my root canal could be done the same day as my emergency appointment. Dr. Saylor explained everything thoroughly and I was able see the xrays as the procedure was going along. No pain! Everyone from the office staff, technician and doctor were very kind.

- Kathy C

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Patient Review By Kimberly B

My experience was good at your office.

- Kimberly B

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Patient Review By Teresa A

I was very impressed by all the staff. The doctor was very friendly and very knowledgeable and took the time to explain everything and answer my questions. I also liked that the doctor and staff could joke around with each other and me. It helps to relax me a little more!

- Teresa A

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Patient Review By Anne N

The doctor listened, he handled a prescription problem after hours very efficiently, and I will try to ask for him if and when I have to come back.

- Anne N

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Patient Review By Todd K

I did not feel a single needle poke, just pressure. Love the benzocaine gel! that's a keeper.

- Todd K

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Patient Review By Sally H

It went very well. It took longer than I anticipated, but the staff explained that well. It was a busy morning and I was the one who waited. It worked out fine.

- Sally H

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Patient Review By Ronald R

Great experience and pain free.

- Ronald R

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Patient Review By Lance B

Dr sailor is professional and amazing never been more comfortable at the dentist!!!

- Lance B

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Patient Review By alex k

Dr Penaz was excelllent rating in doing my root canal. Went above in following through in checking how I was doing with a call on Saturday night to see how I was doing with pain and root canal. I would recommend Great River Endodontics , P A to all.

- alex k

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Patient Review By Jessica D

Was a great visit with the exception of the x-rays. Time needed for the procedure was kept to a minimum and the dentist was very thorough and kept me abreast of how the procedure works.

- Jessica D

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Patient Review By Margaret W

Easy to get an appointment, staff is polite and organized. The dentist did a nice job of explaining what he was doing. He also was sure I had no pain while doing my procedure.

- Margaret W

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Patient Review By julie m

Thank you so much for getting me in quickly.

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Patient Review By Julie L

This is an great group of medical professionals who will take excellent care of you. I highly recommend!

- Julie L

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Patient Review By Debbie H

Dr Papworth and his assistant were great - I really appreciated that he introduced himself on my first visit -- some doctors forget that simple greeting is so important. He was very good at explaining what he would be doing during the consultation and good at explaining what he was doing while he was doing the procedure. I felt like he made sure all steps were covered and was thorough. And I appreciated that he took time to answer all my questions.

- Debbie H

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Patient Review By Brian L

Thank you!

- Brian L

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Patient Review By Dustin W

Been several years since my last root canal and I was dreading it. Doc Lund and his assistant (Sarah if I remember) were great and put me at ease and explained whole process. Quite honestly was no worse than a routine filling.

- Dustin W

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Patient Review By Rick D

Scared to death about getting my root canal. This was quick and pain free. Cant say enough about how professional the Monticello clinic was!

- Rick D

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Patient Review By Anna 1

Very professional, patient and kind. No pain at all after numbness subsided. Will definitely recommend to others.

- Anna 1

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Patient Review By Gary L

Problem area was quickly found and with explanting the costs, got the procedure completed.

- Gary L

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