Root Canals

We offer our patients the latest in root canal therapy. When the damage goes beyond what can be treated with a filling, we can perform a root canal to preserve the tooth and retain its original integrity. A root canal is a procedure that extracts decayed pulp from the central part of the tooth, reshapes the canal and replaces it with strengthened filler.

The common misconception is that a root canal is a painful procedure. Actually, root canals are similar to having a cavity filled.

Problems That May Require a Root Canal

  • Inflamed/infected tooth pulp
  • Swelling or tenderness near the infected tooth
  • Severe sensitivity to hot and cold elements
  • Tooth decay
  • Chipped or broken tooth
  • Blow to the tooth
  • Repeat dental procedures on a single tooth

When left untreated, these problems can lead to severe tooth decay reaching the root of the tooth, causing extensive damage to the tooth structure.

We will work with each patient individually to discuss the details of your treatment and any possible alternatives. Our top priority is to provide you with the highest standard of care.

Root Canal Therapy


This patient presented with a large infection at the tip of a previously root canal treated tooth.  A tooth can become infected for a variety of reasons including but not limited to cavities, trauma or gum disease


Rather than removing this front tooth, it was successfully treated and saved with the most modern root canal therapy.  This x-ray was taken 7 months after the root canal treatment, notice the reduction in the size of the infected area at the tip of the root.


*All treatment performed by Dr. Josh Alter