Root Canal Therapy

What is a root canal?

A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed, well over 14 million times every year. This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need of dental implants or bridges.

At the center of your tooth is pulp. Pulp is a collection of blood vessels that helps to build the surrounding tooth. Infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, or repeated dental procedures. 

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Symptoms of a Root Canal

Symptoms of the infection can be identified as visible injury or swelling of the tooth, sensitivity to temperature or pain in the tooth and gums.

At the center of your tooth is pulp. Pulp is a collection of blood vessels that helps to build the surrounding tooth. Infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, or repeated dental procedures. Symptoms of the infection can be identified as visible injury or swelling of the tooth, sensitivity to temperature or pain in the tooth and gums.

If you experience any of these symptoms, your dentist will most likely recommend non-surgical root canal treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp. This injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. This therapy usually involves local anesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required. Success for this type of treatment occurs in about 90% of cases. If your tooth is not amenable to endodontic treatment or the chance of success is unfavorable, you will be informed at the time of consultation or when a complication becomes evident during or after treatment. We use local anesthesia to eliminate discomfort. In addition, we will provide nitrous oxide analgesia, if indicated. You will be able to drive home after your treatment, and you probably will be comfortable returning to your normal routine.

An example of a healthy tooth
Healthy Tooth
A tooth anatomy diagram highlighting pulp dentin and canal
Tooth Anatomy
A visual of tooth inflammation showing tooth decay and a inflamed pulp
A representation of a tooth with its canals cleaned
Cleaned Canals
An illustration of root canal filling of a tooth
Filling Placed
An example of a tooth healed by root canal therapy
Healed Tooth

Endodontic Presentation

To provide you with a better understanding of endodontic therapy, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to root canals are discussed.

Endodontic Presentation

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 it cost?

The cost associated with this procedure 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.

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5 out of 5 stars based on 51 Root Canal Therapy reviews.

Patient Review By Jane J

The only reason I gave a 4 star rating instead of 5 stars is because I wasn't told about the credit company they work with. Payment is due at time of procedure, and root canals are not cheap. I asked if there was a cash discount, and there is not. I did not ask about a credit plan, failure on my part. I think in the future, the credit aspect should be discussed with each patient. Fortunately I had the money to pay, many people do not. On the plus side, the Dr and his staff made this the best, easiest root canal I have ever experienced.

- Jane J

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Patient Review By Ray W

This was my first root canal procedure and I was extremely pleased with the experience. Dr. Benjamin and the staff went above and beyond to make you comfortable and take your mind off of the procedure. I watched an episode of Star Trek and the procedure was done before it was even finished. I did not feel a single tinge of pain during the entire procedure! As a scuba diver I also had some special considerations and concerns about the procedure, which Dr. Benjamin accommodated me brilliantly with - he even stayed late one day so he could get me in for the second procedure so I could go diving the next day, all with very little notice! After the procedure there was no pain and I was able to go about my normal business, including my hobbies, as if nothing happened. Thank you much for the great work!

- Ray W

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Patient Review By Debbie P

I was very anxious about my root canals. Dr. Fabian said I would feel NO pain and I didn't! He also said my 2 root canals would take 1 hr and yes i was out in 1 hr. I have several friends who have also used this office and were very pleased. I highly recommend this office.

- Debbie P

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Patient Review By Mary S

I was absolutely amazed that I did not experience any pain. I had a terrible experience when I had my first root canal with a different practice. I was very fearful of coming to this appointment. I appreciated that they took their time and made me feel very comfortable. I had to have 2 root canals, so it was a long appointment. Dr. Benjamin did a wonderful job! I will come back if I need anymore additional work. Thank you.

- Mary S

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Patient Review By Shannon M

My six year old son was referred to this office by our family dentist for a root canal. I had no small amount of hesitancy about subjecting a six year old to such an involved dental procedure, but it was necessary to save a molar that my son wouldn't normally lose for another six years. Dr. Benjamin and the entire staff at Midwest Endodontic Specialists were simply exceptional. Dr. Benjamin consulted with a local pediatric dentist before proceeding, kept me informed as to the recommended procedure, and walked me through every step of the root canal while it was being performed. They treated my son wonderfully, and he came through the procedure without so much as a single tear. Everything about this practice, from the technology they employ to the staff that works there, is absolutely first class. I would recommend it to anyone.

- Shannon M

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Patient Review By Ross H.

Felt comfortable and painless. Previous root canal was not. Would deffiantly recommend.

- Ross H.

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Patient Review By Rob P

I have had multiple root canals now, a few of them quite involved, and in each case the procedure was entirely pain-free. Any question I have had has been answered promptly, even once on a weekend. Dr. Fabian is a genuinely friendly and kind person, and his absolute concern for your welfare before and after your visit is obvious. Last year, for instance, I had referred pain from another tooth that seemed to come from the one he worked on, and he very patiently brought me in to demonstrate for me what was going on. Even though he know all along the tooth was fine, he wanted me to be sure that there was no problem. I confidently recommend him to anyone who needs endodontal work--not only are is skills outstanding, he goes the extra mile to make sure you are confident and comfortable.

- Rob P

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Patient Review By Nancy L

Dr. Fabian was wonderful . I am a big chicken. I am no longer a big chicken!

- Nancy L

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Patient Review By Connie B

I had heard horrible things about root canals so when I went in for one, I was expecting it to be just that--horrible. What a surprise. It was a breeze. Although I have a small mouth and it was a back tooth, Dr. Hosein performed the root canal with ease. I was in the chair about 50 minutes and he was done. He told me to take 3 ibuprofen every 6 hours and everything was fine. I would recommend everyone and anyone who needs a root canal to go there.

- Connie B

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Patient Review By Jamie S

I am normally not a good dental patient - I am a grown woman and a big cry-baby about all things in the dentist chair - but Dr. Hosein did such an amazing job no tears from me! He explained what he was going to do, showing me on the x-ray exactly what needed to be done. He had me in and out and PAINFREE, in about a half hour. This was actually less traumatic for me than my last filling at my regular dentist. He then showed me on a new x-ray what it looked like after. His assistant and office staff were equally great. I was able to get in almost immediately upon arrival so I didn't have to fret over my pending root canal in the waiting room. Hopefully, I never have to go back but if I do I will definitely come back to Dr. Hosein. Bonus - headphones and Netflix during the whole procedure.

- Jamie S

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Patient Review By Lanette B

After taking an elbow to a front tooth in basketball, my grandson needed a root canal. We were referred to Dr. Stephen Benjamin at Midwest Endodontic Specialists. My grandson had insisted on being put under for the procedure, but after meeting with Dr. Benjamin he felt comfortable with a local. He felt completely comfortable and totally trusted Dr. Benjamin, and he did not disappoint. My grandson came out of the procedure with a smile on his face and said that a recent filling was worse than the root canal! I would recommend Midwest Endodontic to anyone seeking professional and personal care. The office staff is awesome, and were else can you watch Netflix while having a root canal.

- Lanette B

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Patient Review By Martin C

All staff were great. Dr. Fabian very professional and took the time to explain the process and results. Great experience

- Martin C

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Patient Review By Garrett T

the procedure took about 40 minutes , no problems, it was a piece of cake.

- Garrett T

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Patient Review By Sue K

My experience for the root canal procedure was incredible! I had had a root canal at another office probably 15-20 years ago. It was not a good experience. The experience with Dr. Benjamin and Jamie was so much better! No pain, no discomfort; they let me know what they were doing and what I would feel. It was totally painless. I would highly recommend this office. Thank you so much!

- Sue K

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Patient Review By Chris H

After an initial quick look, we discussed whether or not I should have a root canal on the tooth in question with Dr. Benjamin, there was no pressure. We decided together to go ahead with the procedure. Between the Dr. and his assistant (Caitlin I think) it was a pleasure watching them work. A well choreographed and orchestrated passing of dental instruments back & forth above my face, all the while Dr. Benjamin explaining what he was doing, and how much longer he would be. Not a bit of pain or discomfort during or after the root canal.

- Chris H

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Patient Review By Dan H

The experience was great and easy from start to finish. The office staff explained my insurance in detail and answered all my questions. The assistance was friendly and informative. Dr. Fabian explained everything he did throughout the procedure. I would recommend this office to everyone. Pain free.

- Dan H

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Patient Review By aaron j

Very profressional, very nice. I was treated wonderful. Thank you!

- aaron j

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Patient Review By Erin P.

I was extremely nervous about going in for my root canal. The second I walked into the office, my nerves started to become at ease. The receptionists were very kind, the dental assistant was very relaxed (which made me relaxed), and Dr. Fabian was very friendly and matter of fact. I appreciated being treated as a person and not just another root canal. Dr. Fabian was very informative during my entire procedure as well as quick and careful. I would highly recommend this place to anyone (especially people with anxiety or nervous feelings about dental work)!

- Erin P.

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Patient Review By Carita G

After a bad experience with a previous dentist, I had to see Dr. Benjamin for a root canal. His staff was helpful and courteous. The procedure was quick and painless. I am extremely satisfied with the service I received at Midwest Endodontic Specialists. Thank you, again, Dr. Benjamin for your care!

- Carita G

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Patient Review By JoAnn S

Considerate, caring, and the best! He showed me the x-rays, explained the procedure, and he made sure that I felt no pain. He was concerned with my overall health. I am glad I had him to do my root canal!

- JoAnn S

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