Root Canal Treatment

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a valuable dental procedure used to treat and preserve natural teeth with inflamed or infected roots. The pulp is the tissue within the center of the tooth that contains nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue. Damage to the pulp can occur from deep cavities, cracks, trauma or repeated dental procedures. A damaged pulp can result in inflammation and infection causing patients to experience pain and swelling, and if left untreated can result in loss of the tooth.

Root canal treatment removes the damaged parts of the tooth as well as the inflamed or infected tissue from the center of the roots, alleviating pain and resolving infection while preserving the natural tooth.

To structurally protect and restore the tooth to full function a protective restoration is placed on the tooth following root canal treatment.  This protective restoration is commonly placed by the patients restorative dentist who are experts in restoring teeth with fillings and crowns. 

Root canal treatment is most commonly performed in one or two visits. The number of visits and time required for treatment depends on your particular case. The root canal procedure involves the following steps:

  1. Administration of a local anesthetic to anesthetize the area of treatment. After the tooth is numb, a small protective sheet called a “dental dam” is placed over the area to isolate the tooth and keep it clean and free of saliva and bacteria during the procedure.
  2. An opening in created in the crown of the tooth and very small instruments are used to clean and disinfect the natural space inside the roots of the tooth. 
  3. After the space is cleaned and disinfected, a biocompatible filling is placed within the root canals, most commonly a rubbery-like material called “gutta-percha” and bioceramic cement to seal of the root canal space. A filling is placed to close the opening. In many cases this will be a permanent filling. If a temporary filling is placed then it will be removed by your dentist to allow placement of a permanent protective restoration for the 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 treatment has been completed, a record of your treatment with x-rays will be sent to your restorative dentist. You should contact their office for placement of a protective restoration following completion of root canal treatment. Your restorative dentist, who are experts in restoring teeth with fillings and crown, will determine the type of restoration that is best to protect your tooth.

Valley Endodontics Root Canal & Implant Dentistry

5 out of 5 stars based on 30 Root Canal reviews.

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Pricing on the root canal treatment was a little pricey given you don't receive the crown with the treatment as well.

- Kelsey F

4 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

I have now had two root canals done in about 3 weeks! Both experiences far exceeded my expectations. Definitely my best dental experiences and I have had many in my 65 years!

- Patricia T

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

I did have to wait 5 weeks between my first root canal procedure and the follow-up procedure. I felt that was a bit too long to worry about the temporary filling, etc., but the doctor is just that busy. My wish is that the time frame between the 1st and 2nd appointment wouldn't have to be that long.

- Janna T

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

I appreciate Dr Wilson for his skills as an endodontist, as well as kind person.

- Linda K

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Thank you for the good work. It was the most thorough root canal I've ever had!

- Michael D

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Everything was great.

- John H

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Over the last 4 months I have had 5 appointments related to 2 root canal treatments. I was very impressed on each occasion with my experience with all staff and Dr. Wilson. A very satisfactory experience which I would recommend to anyone. I want to stress that every staff member met all these standards including front desk, billing, and dental assistants. I had 5 different assistants and they were all excellent. This is not common. Usually there is a difference and often a big difference in performance among this many employees. Want to stress the excellent quality of Dr. Wilsons work and professionalism too. Keep up the good work.

- Martin W. Stephenson

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

I highly recommend Dr. Wilson & his staff to anyone in need of a root canal! What an improvement of the root canal process I went through 30 years ago!

- Sue T

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Everything was great!

- Aimee O

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Very kind, attentive and professional care with full, clear information and instructions always given before and after every interaction. Facility is extremely clean in attractive setting.

- Mavis I

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Excellent customer service. Doctor park was awesome. I don't enjoy dental procedures but it was pain free. Tbanks

- Jonathan H

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

The only problem is having to bring a cell phone to call to get in the door, but I understand COVID requirements.

- Craig S

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

very professional

- sam m

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Thank you for everything ️

- Eliza B

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Dr park is amazing, thoughtful, and genuinely careful. Thanks for all your hard work.

- Chris D

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Given this was my first “root canal” and subsequent challenges; I experienced excellent care with a commitment to my comfort during the procedure and answering my questions resulting in greater understanding of the treatment process.

- LINDA C

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Exceeded my expectations!

- Gordon S

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Everyone was very efficient, helpful and friendly and I'm so appreciative of the skill and care of Dr. Wilson and would highly recommend him to anyone! Thank you Valley Endodontics!

- Loring R

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Nice professional practice

- Stephen H

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Everyone was very friendly and helpful. And they took time to listen to questions.

- Chad F

5 out of 5 stars on

Valley Endodontics Root Canal & Implant Dentistry

5 out of 5 stars based on 30 Root Canal reviews.

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Pricing on the root canal treatment was a little pricey given you don't receive the crown with the treatment as well.

- Kelsey F

4 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

I have now had two root canals done in about 3 weeks! Both experiences far exceeded my expectations. Definitely my best dental experiences and I have had many in my 65 years!

- Patricia T

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

I did have to wait 5 weeks between my first root canal procedure and the follow-up procedure. I felt that was a bit too long to worry about the temporary filling, etc., but the doctor is just that busy. My wish is that the time frame between the 1st and 2nd appointment wouldn't have to be that long.

- Janna T

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

I appreciate Dr Wilson for his skills as an endodontist, as well as kind person.

- Linda K

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Thank you for the good work. It was the most thorough root canal I've ever had!

- Michael D

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Everything was great.

- John H

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Over the last 4 months I have had 5 appointments related to 2 root canal treatments. I was very impressed on each occasion with my experience with all staff and Dr. Wilson. A very satisfactory experience which I would recommend to anyone. I want to stress that every staff member met all these standards including front desk, billing, and dental assistants. I had 5 different assistants and they were all excellent. This is not common. Usually there is a difference and often a big difference in performance among this many employees. Want to stress the excellent quality of Dr. Wilsons work and professionalism too. Keep up the good work.

- Martin W. Stephenson

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

I highly recommend Dr. Wilson & his staff to anyone in need of a root canal! What an improvement of the root canal process I went through 30 years ago!

- Sue T

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Everything was great!

- Aimee O

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Very kind, attentive and professional care with full, clear information and instructions always given before and after every interaction. Facility is extremely clean in attractive setting.

- Mavis I

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Excellent customer service. Doctor park was awesome. I don't enjoy dental procedures but it was pain free. Tbanks

- Jonathan H

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

The only problem is having to bring a cell phone to call to get in the door, but I understand COVID requirements.

- Craig S

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

very professional

- sam m

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Thank you for everything ️

- Eliza B

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Dr park is amazing, thoughtful, and genuinely careful. Thanks for all your hard work.

- Chris D

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Given this was my first “root canal” and subsequent challenges; I experienced excellent care with a commitment to my comfort during the procedure and answering my questions resulting in greater understanding of the treatment process.

- LINDA C

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Exceeded my expectations!

- Gordon S

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Everyone was very efficient, helpful and friendly and I'm so appreciative of the skill and care of Dr. Wilson and would highly recommend him to anyone! Thank you Valley Endodontics!

- Loring R

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Nice professional practice

- Stephen H

5 out of 5 stars on

Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Everyone was very friendly and helpful. And they took time to listen to questions.

- Chad F

5 out of 5 stars on