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 Mary Jo S

Great place, just disappointed in my insurance plan.

- Mary Jo S

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Patient Review By Gerry B

This was by far one of the best experiences I have had at a dental office.

- Gerry B

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Patient Review By Jim D

it was an unbelievable experience. i told my friends it was the best time i'd had in months. the staff were cheerful, helpful and prompt. the doctor had skills, confidence and an attitude perfectly matched for the task. he'd obviously mastered his tools and techniques -- really, an incredible experience. i'd been suffering with an infected tooth for months which effected every waking moment and i'm happy to have all that behind me.

- Jim D

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Patient Review By Janna C

I could not be more pleased. I had been suffering with chronic pain for almost three years. No one could determine the cause. When everything became acute and the diagnosis was finally determined my dentist was able to get an appointment at Great River Endodontics within 2 hours. I was admitted within minutes and my suffering relieved within minutes. I immediately knew I was in professional compassionate care. Believe it or not I felt totally relaxed through the entire procedure. The fee was more than reasonable and I left with a lopsided (Novocain) grin on my face. I cannot thank them enough for giving me back my peace of mind and a painless existence. Thank You Dr. Tucker and wonderful staff!

- Janna C

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Patient Review By Katie F

I was relieved to have Dr. Lund the second time as he did such a good job for the first root canal I needed.

- Katie F

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Patient Review By Laurel M

I was pleasantly surprised at how well the root canal procedure went.

- Laurel M

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Patient Review By Phyllis C

Having any dental work done can be very traumatic. I felt so comfortable, was put at ease right away by all the staff. I’m very self conscious and am ashamed of the condition of my gums and teeth even as I do all I can to keep everything healthy (go to a periodontist, quite eating certain foods, etc.) yet, I’ve inherited some bad gums. But I did not feel judged here at all. The Dr. educated me and did an amazing job with the procedure (root canal). I felt no pain during or after the procedure! I highly recommend Great River Endodontists!

- Phyllis C

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Patient Review By kim m

I found my experience to be great for an unexpected and painful event . Great care

- kim m

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Patient Review By Pam C

Excellent service. Thank you

- Pam C

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Patient Review By Randy K

The procedure was not at all painful including the shot of novacaine.

- Randy K

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Patient Review By Kurt J

These root canals are less painful than a normal filling.

- Kurt J

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