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.

Ready to Schedule an Appointment?


For more information or to schedule an appointment with our Endodontic team, call one of our offices today:
St. Cloud St. Cloud Office Phone Number 320-259-5078 , St. Michael St. Michael Office Phone Number 763-497-0082 ,
Monticello Monticello Office Phone Number 763-295-2222 , Willmar Willmar Office Phone Number 320-259-5078

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Great River Endodontics

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Dr Lund and his assistant Stacy were so easy to talk with; they really made me comfortable.

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A very positive experience. Courteous staff. I would definitely return for any future endodontic needs.

- Kris D

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Dr Tucker made me comfortable, I had confidence in his treatment. It was a pleasant experience. I would recommend this office.

- Janice F

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Thanks for taking me on short notice. Dr. Karn and Courtney were excellent. Procedure went quickly and smoothly with virtually no post-procedure discomfort. I would not hesitate to return to your clinic.

- David M

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My experience all around was great!

- Liz L

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very awesome experience!

- Beth m

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Was pretty nervous but staff and dr put me at ease. Procedure was not as bad as I had anticipated

- Anita B

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Things went better than I expected. The dentist and assistant worked with my gag reflex, as I had very little problems.

- Jeffrey P

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They got me in at my appointed time. Everyone explained everything I needed to know or asked. They were all very kind and had patience with me. Would definitely recommend it to others. I am moving out of state or I would go back if needed.

- Nancy L

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Had cancellation so got in the next day. Staff explained everything that was going to happen. Enjoyed the humorous nature of the Dr. And staff. PLUS a no pain procedure.

- Mary B

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Made me feel at ease with a first root canal. From the office professional to the assistant and doctor, all were pleasant, understanding, and professional yet caring. Thank you!

- Shsron S

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For anyone who has ever had an abscess tooth…it can be a very painful situation to be in. I was well taken care of and the root canal procedure was relatively painless once I was numb. Thumbs up!

- Lawrence W

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Great experience.

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- Joyce S

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If there’s such a thing as a excellent root canal ~ this would definitely be included in that category! I’m very happy with my first experience at Great River Endodontics! A First Class Clinic!

- Jeff B

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Pleasant experience for a not-so-pleasant procedure.

- Lynette F

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Great service with friendly and efficient staff/dr.

- Debra N

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Dr. Sailor is a great Endodontist & takes great care with his patients.

- Linda T

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The operation went smoothly.

- Matthew M

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I will definitely go back to Great River Endodontics and will recommend them to my family and friends. Thank you Janice, Sarah and Dr. Karn for taking such great care of me!

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