Root Canal Therapy

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 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 general 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 or root canal therapy 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.  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.

 
 

Erickson Endodontics

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Dr. Erickson and Lisa were wonderful. They made a root canal feel like a breeze for someone who is anxious at the dentist.

- Maria S

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Thank you for your kindness!

- Kathie H

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I was amazed at being able to get into this doctor within the hour that I visited my general dentist and needed support. I can't imagine having to go through the pain I was experiencing for longer, and am so thankful for their willingness to get me in! Amazing staff and doctor!

- Angela H

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I had been fretting this appointment ever since my dentist told me I needed 2 root canals. I was especially nervous because I had just recently had surgery on my chin which was near where they would be working. If I had known how gentle, kind, and thoughtful Dr. Erickson was an advance I never would have been anxious at all. I loved how calming his presence was. I loved how he drew me pictures of exactly what he was going to do and talked me through the entire process. I loved that there was no pain!! I had some questions about my specific case after he was done and he acted like he had all the time in the world to talk to me about it. His assistant Lisa was absolutely sweet, kind, calming, and an absolute pleasure to talk to. She helped to keep my mind at ease as well. Not that I am dying to go back in there for a procedure(ha!)… But if I have to, there will be no anxiety at all about it. What a super experience! Thank you so much.

- Heidi L

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Dr. Erickson and his staff deserve the highest praise. With a friendly atmosphere, patience and encouragement, they made an unpleasant procedure (a root canal) seem minor. The staff seems eager to help and the entire office has an aura of caring and understanding.

- Virginia L

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Lisa was great too and very personable!

- Deanna W

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I am someone who HATES any dental work- even cleanings. This was my first root canal and I was put at ease by the front desk from the minute I walked in the office. I got a little anxious when I sat in the chair but his assistant came in and was extremely reassuring which eased a bit of my anxiety. When Dr. Erickson came in he was so calm, educated me on exactly what he was going to do (even drew pictures to show me), and made sure I was comfortable before and through out the entire root canal. They chatted the entire time so I didn’t have time to be nervous- it was completely painless and so quick! I have an insurance that sometimes makes it hard to find people in my network but they took my insurance and even without it the pricing is pretty amazing. Thank you to Dr. Erickson and his staff! I highly recommend!

- Caitlin T

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Getting a root canal isn't fun but the Doctor and Staff made it as easy as possible. The Staff is professional and kind. I was made comfortable, every procedure was explained to me before it was done. The office is very nicely decorated and peaceful, which is something I appreciate. I highly recommend this office if you need any of the dental services they offer.

- Deborah S

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Need a root canal? No worries, this is the go-to guy. Dr. Erickson and staff makes it easy, painless, and every step is explained as it’s done. I never thought I’d look forward to this, but needing a second root canal, and based on the first, I knew I’d head here. The staff is awesome, friendly, and professional. Thank you all !

- Sue V

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Root Canal just sound very unpleasant. I've never had a better experience at a dentist. I did not feel a thing; or even felt uncomfortable for 1 second in the chair. Highly recommended. Thank you.

- Deanna K

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Erickson Endodontics is absolutely amazing I phoned in to schedule a emergency root canal ,and they had me in a chair with in 60min Ty is amazing no pain at all , and very fair pricing.. Thank you to everyone for taking such good care of me

- Bradley H

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Why go to the rest when you can go to the best, ease of scheduling I have had two procedures with him and would commend him as a Dentist and for being a good man as well .

- Jordan A

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From the moment I walked in to the moment I left, I felt very at ease. I have anxiety and I didn't experience this with my root canal. The Dr. is fabulous and so kind so was my assistant. The Ladies at the front desk were so welcoming 🙂 Overall this was a better experience than at my dentist.

- Nicole K

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I am 200 % satisfied service that Dr Erickson gave me with personal touch. I am so thankful for that and his staff was outstanding Thanks again

- Pervez A

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Dr. Erickson and staff are absolutely the best! Dr. Erickson diagnosed my tooth pain problem and performed the RCT immediately. I was so pleased with his professional and personal demeanor. He explained the procedure and answered my questions. I highly recommend him!

- Sharon H

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I was very nervous and really dislike any orthodontic procedure, but Dr Erickson made it as painless as possible. I really appreciated his concern for my comfort and his expertise. Thanks!

- Kathy B

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Dr. Erickson, Lisa and Katie all stayed late to accommodate my lengthy appointment and my time constraints (I live five hours away). They were professional, thorough, personable and other than initial novocain injections, totally painless (and they weren't bad). I would absolutely recommend this office for anyone needing root canal therapy. It was the best possible experience you can have with a root canal.

- Helen L

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If you need a root canal, call his office I had other medical problems and he was careful with me to make sure I was comfortable and he called the next night to see how I was doing I was sleeping Thank You for the call.

- Laura L

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This was my first time being seen here. All the staff were very friendly. I was nervous about getting a root canal and everyone helped me feel more at ease. The staff did lots of little things during the procedure that made a big difference in the overall experience. I will never go any other place for a root canal. I have never taken the time or felt the need to leave a comment on website before now.

- Tammy W

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I had my first RCT. Scared yes, why? Because of others who've had an RCT. Now I know...nothing to worry about. Never felt a thing. Thank you Dr. Erickson, Kayla & Katie. You put me at ease

- Debra A

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