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
Inflammation
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 48 Root Canal Therapy reviews.

Patient Review By iva P

Wait time to get into MD was is long when your in pain, 2 weeks; but I found that at other places as well. Assistant to MD should introduce herself to patients. It's nice to know who is taking care of you. Everyone was professional and kind. Dr. Benjamin was great. I've had a few root canals in my day and I must say this was the least painful and quickest recovery time. I would recommend this office and MD to my family and friends.

- iva P

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Patient Review By Frank R

Tough to get old and have your teeth start to talk back to you for all the years of grinding that they have had to put up with. If you have to have a root canal done, the Midwest Endodontic folks are the best. This wash my second one and both have been very successful and were painless except for the initial numbing shot. Absolutely, Dr. Fabian for President!

- Frank R

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Patient Review By John

I have seen Dr. Fabian for the dreaded root canal. He is amazing at what he does and has the most pleasant bedside manner. His personality is a wonderful complement to what he does. He explained the entire procedure and puts your mind at ease. It was done without any discomfort and performed very quickly. I have had a root canal in another office and it doesn't compare. His staff is friendly and they all function great together. You can tell they have done these procedures a lot. The entire treatment is even done with a microscope. Definitely A+++.

- John

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Patient Review By Andrea S

I was very impressed with the level of customer service and care provided by Dr. Benjamin. He met me for an emergency appointment on a day off and provided the immediate relief that was needed. I highly recommend Dr. Benjamin!

- Andrea S

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Patient Review By Bruce Dudley e

Bed side manner was wonderful. They understood my issues and made the procedure a God sent, as I had NO PAIN after the root canal, not even the day after.

- Bruce Dudley e

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Patient Review By Lynn D

I hated to hear the news from my periodontist that I'd need a root canal. Dr. Benjamin accepted me as a patient and I am so grateful! The office staff worked with my schedule to make the appointments for the evaluation and the procedure. Dr. Benjamin explained exactly what he would, how it would solve the problem, what to expect after the procedure and how long the procedure would take. I was stunned when I was in and out of the office in exactly the time he said it would take and experienced absolutely NO pain or discomfort. His assistants are wonderful too. Dr. Benjamin's demeanor and "bedside" manner are outstanding. I'd much rather have a root canal procedure again than any other dental/periodontal work I've have done!

- Lynn D

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Patient Review By Jen C

I've had a history of terrible experiences at dentists until I started going to Dr. Nicole at Donlan Dental Group who has had to refer me to Dr. Fabian twice for root canals and once for an endodontic procedure. Every experience with Dr. Fabian has been great! I've always had a hard time numbing for procedures but have never had that issue with Dr. Fabian. He does great work with as little discomfort to the patient as possible. He has a great, friendly personality and always makes me feel comfortable, informed and like my comfort and results are a priority to him.

- Jen C

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Patient Review By Ben S

Excellent experience. truly rock star root canal docs!

- Ben S

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