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 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.

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.

 
 

River Valley Endodontics, PA

5 out of 5 stars based on 16 Root Canal Procedure reviews.

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Top-notch all the way. Everything was so well explained, even beyond my normally exhaustive questions, even the "just curious" ones. And all done so calmly and in dulcet tones. But I must say, with tongue in cheek, that it was a little disappointing in that regard as there was little left for me to inquire about since Dr. Ernie, aka CDCD, anticipated so much, almost like he read my curious mind. I should add, however, that I was NOT going to ask him if he'd ever had a root canal himself, so maybe I'm not as curios as I think I am! Weird, but not curious.

- Gary S

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I have never had a root canal and believe me I’ve heard that they are not a fun experience so I was extremely apprehensive driving to the clinic. My pain level was a 10 plus over the weekend and the entire day of my appointment. As soon as I walked in the door I was instantly put at ease. The facility is very nice and welcoming. The staff is amazing and they are very concerned with your comfort level and ease of your experience. Dr Reeh is without a doubt the top of the entire field. He not only made sure that he found the exact problem through testing but also guaranteed no pain. He delivered on his guarantee. I had instant relieve of symptoms within about 15 minutes and the procedure was painless. I have had not one ounce of pain since and could not be happier. If you want a guaranteed perfect experience and top notch results then you need to bring your dental needs to Dr Reeh.

- James B

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DR REEH and his staff are excellent. I was a new patient. They asked questions to get a full understanding of my background and needs. They made me feel comfortable in their capable hands.

- Merritt H

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First time referral. Excellent experience.

- Thomas S

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This is a Mayo Clinic level of quality. Facility is spotless. Coffee and tea options and pleasant home-like furnishings in lobby are a relaxing and welcomed relief from the typical institutional style waiting areas of most dental clinics. No detail has been overlooked here. You will leave here with expectations exceeded.

- Ryan S

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I work for Creekview Dental and we have been referring our patients here for years! I've always heard good things about River Valley Endodontic, but now it was my turn to experience them first hand! Dr. Haag referred me to Dr. Reeh to have a root canal and I was seriously scared to death! Once I got there, I was treated with respect and before I had the treatment done, they explained certain things that helped reduce my anxiety! My heart always beats faster when receiving Novocain and causes me great anxiety, but I was told right away (with lots of TLC) that this is a normal reaction for some people to Novocain and not to worry! I got through the treatment like a trooper! I highly recommend Dr Reeh and his team, they are true professionals who know how to deal with real people ( and nervous Nelly's like me)! Janis M.

- Janis M

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I will defiantly recommend River Valley Endodontics. Dr. Reeh and his staff were great!!

- Jina H

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Great experience. River Valley was able to get me in immediately for an emergency root canal. Dr. Reeh explained the procedure before and as he was performing it, which was very informative. The staff was also great to work with. I highly recommend River Valley Endodontics.

- Rob L

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Dr. Reeh is wonderful and all the staff are very nice and competent. I would suggest anyone that needs endodontic treatment to come here. I'm very happy that my dentist suggested to come here for treatment. My root canal went great and was painless.

- Jason E

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This was a "re-root canal" of a procedure done by a different endodontist. I appreciated Dr. Reeh's professionalism as he explained that the other endodontist didn't do poorly, but rather my tooth was "difficult" to work on. Mostly, I really enjoyed Dr. Reeh's chair-side manner. He immediately puts you at ease with his sense of humor and incredible knowledge. He was so thorough in explaining all of my options. There were no doubts as I made my decision in my treatment choice. He made me laugh all through my treatment. The view is great too!! Instagram post-worthy!!! I would be remiss if I didn't do a shout-out to his fantastic staff too!! So incredibly sweet. So while I can't imagine that anyone on the planet things a root canal is fun, Dr. Reeh totally took the stress out of the process. I would recommend him to anyone I know!!!

- A C

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An appointment was made, and I got in that same afternoon, on a Friday. The staff was very friendly and professional.

- Mark D

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I needed an emergency root canal over the long Memorial Day weekend. I reached out to both Dr. Reeh and Dr. Bunczac via the emergency numbers on the office voicemail, and both responded with their willingness to see me. Dr. Reeh met me Saturday evening to evaluate my tooth, initiated a root canal, and helped with with the pain management. I’m so grateful for the compassionate care and his willingness to respond to my plea for help by treating me when the office is normally closed. So grateful.

- Cindy W

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I would highly recommend River Valley Endodontics. From the eval through treatment, I received nothing but great care. The communication was very clear, and all my questions were thoroughly answered. The procedure itself could not have gone smoother. No pain at all. Of course no one ever wants to go through something like a root canal, however if you ever do I would not hesitate to recommend Dr. Reeh. I want to thank the entire staff at River Valley. If I ever am in need of dental work (fingers crossed I won't) this will be where I go.

- Dustin S

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highly recommend them ,so satisfied with dr ,staff ...everything is explained well and you have feeling that you are in best hands!

- jovana p

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He and his staff are very professional as well as very down to earth. They are willing to explain everything as little or as much as you like and go over ALL options and how they will each affect you. Dr Reeh came HIGHLY recomended and there is no question why. I have had a number of root canels done by others and with out a doubt this was the best experience, if you can call a doudle root canel a good experience 🙂

- Max

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If a root canal is required; don't go anywhere else. This clinic is very efficient, comfortable and the procedure was painless. I felt like I was their only patient and may be one of their best friends !! 🙂 10 star service !

- Norma V

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