Root Canal Therapy


As an endodontic patient, what should I expect?

  • A comprehensive examination is performed to diagnose orofacial pain and pulpal injury, and to determine if the tooth is a good candidate for endodontic therapy.
  • Non-surgical treatment eliminates the diseased pulp. This injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed.
  • Under certain circumstances, microsurgery may be indicated. We are experts in performing this procedure, and utilize sophisticated equipment to ensure the best result.

Non Surgical Root Canal

What is a root canal?

A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed, well over 14 million 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 the 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.

How is a root canal performed?

If you experience any of these symptoms, your dentist will most likely recommend non-surgical 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.

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.

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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.

Dr. John P. Lundgren DDS, MS

5 out of 5 stars based on 4 Root Canal Treatment reviews.

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all I can say is .... WOW. Not at all what I expected. I was so nervous and anxious. Dr was great! Rosie was right by my side the entire time and made sure I was ok. I would highly recommend Dr. Lundgren. Made it very pain free and quick. Thank you Dr. Lundgren and staff!

- Rebecca B

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I sincerely want to thank Tracy for an outstanding job handling my procedure with the insurance company. It is not often that someone takes the time and effort to go above and beyond his/ her job, but in my case she did just that. I greatly appreciate your patience, knowledge, and kindness throughout my visits. Thank you, Tracy!

- Lisa S

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Dr. Lundgren is an amazing doctor! I'd recommend him to anybody who needs root canal therapy! He is very genuine and caring about his work and has wonderful beside manner! I felt like he was a dad to me while I was in there!

- Felishia T

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I was very nervous about having a Root Canal since I hadn't had one before. Dr. Lundgren carefully explained every step of the procedure so I felt very comfortable and at ease. Nothing to it !! He is very compassionate. I highly recommend this practice.

- Christy G

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