Root Canal Therapy

What is a root canal?

  • A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed to alleviate tooth pain and save the tooth from being extracted. Well over 14 million procedures are performed every year.
  • This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need for dental implants or bridges.
  • At the center of your tooth is the pulp. Pulp is a collection of blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue that serves to form the tooth’s root.
  • Infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, or repeated dental procedures.
  • Root canal treatment involves removing the diseased pulp from the root canal which is then thoroughly cleaned/shaped and sealed. The actual roots themselves are left intact and not removed at all. If the roots were removed, you would no longer have the tooth.
  • Success rates for root canal treatment occurs in 90-95% of cases. Most treatment can be completed in one visit but occasionally two visits may be needed depending on the complexity of the case.

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Root Canal Symptoms

  • Tooth pain (dull or sharp),
  • lingering pain to cold/hot liquids,
  • pain to biting/chewing,
  • swelling of the gums or face,
  • visible injury to the front teeth.

With any of the above-mentioned symptoms, your dentist or endodontist will most likely recommend non-surgical root canal treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp and resolve your symptoms of tooth pain.

Have a sensitive or painful tooth?

A root canal is a simple and effective treatment that can save your natural teeth! Contact us today to schedule your appointment

Call us: 303-346-3963
An example of a healthy tooth
Healthy Tooth
A tooth anatomy diagram highlighting pulp dentin and canal
Tooth Anatomy
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A representation of a tooth with its canals cleaned
Cleaned Canals
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Filling Placed
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Healed Tooth

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 implant or a bridge.

Highlands Ranch Endodontics PC

5 out of 5 stars based on 91 Root Canal Therapy reviews.

Patient Review By Terri B

I am always a bit nervous when going to a new dentist. I had such a positive experience with the staff at Highlands ranch endodontics that I would highly recommend them.

- Terri B

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Patient Review By Kirsten

Every encounter I’ve had with this office has been wonderful. Everyone is a joy to talk to and Dr. Patel does great work. Thank you so much!

- Kirsten

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Patient Review By Jesse R

I needed a root canal on short notice and not only we they able to get me in the same day, but they also made certain that I had everything I needed beforehand so that I didn't have to spend time in the waiting room filling out paperwork. The staff is friendly and excellent at their jobs, the doctor is knowledgeable and skilled, and my experience was a 10 out of 10. I'm very grateful that Dr. Brockman recommended Dr. Patel to me and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Dr. Patel to anyone who needs his services.

- Jesse R

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Patient Review By Marguerite P

My husband and I have seen Dr. Patel and can't say enough nice things about him. He explains each step he is going to take and always is attentive to the needs of the patient. The after hours call to me from Dr. Patel was such a nice gesture and very much appreciated. The moment you enter the office the staff is so very nice. They always take time to answer questions, etc. It is a true pleasure to go to this office. No one likes to have a root canal but Dr. Patel makes it very comfortable.

- Marguerite P

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Patient Review By Debra N

Dr Patel is an amazing dentist. I experienced great care for a root canal. I was always confident in the plan and the follow up is awesome. The staff is outstanding. Wonderful customer service. The entire experience is professional and the care is the best.

- Debra N

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Patient Review By Jeff S

Dr Patel and all of his staff provide superior care. When was the last time you had a doctor call after hour to check on you? It was a considerable drive for me to get to Highlands Ranch DO. Worth every minute. I won't go anywhere else. This practice is a model for others to follow.

- Jeff S

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Patient Review By Ron V

The whole experience with my root canal therapy was exceptional. Very professional, caring and friendly staff. Dr. Patel took the time to explain my scans and a detailed discussion of my treatment plan. I was very impressed with my experience and the quality of care I received. i would highly recommend Dr. Patel and staff!

- Ron V

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Patient Review By Loren S

I had a wonderful experience. They made the process very painless! I definitely will be returning if needed!

- Loren S

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Patient Review By Lindsay C

Root canals sound scary but the Highlands Ranch Endo team made it such a breeze! Doctor Patel even called me after hours the day of my procedure to check in on me. I have never had a doctor plus staff so warm & kind - a true gem. There were zero surprises and zero stress from start to finish. The procedure was very quick, painless & I felt comfortable that I was taken care of the whole day. Cannot express my gratitude for people like these in our world. I would recommend this team a thousand times over.

- Lindsay C

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Patient Review By Hector V

Estoy muy agraciado, el Dr. Patel me atendió cuando más lo necesitaba. Llamé a su oficina para programar una cita con la esperanza de que pudieran verme en dos semanas, pero para mi sorpresa una vez que les expliqué el dolor que sentía ese día, me consiguieron una cita el mismo día porque no querían que aguantara el dolor en mi muela por más tiempo. El Dr. Patel y su equipo me hicieron sentir bienvenido y su trabajo fue excepcional, después hacer el procedimiento en los canales de rices de mi muela me prescribió pastillas para el dolor, pero fue tan bueno su trabajo que no tuve que tomar una sola pastilla. I am very grateful, Dr. Patel took care of me when I needed him most. I called their office to make an appointment hoping they could see me in two weeks, but to my surprise once I explained the pain I felt that day, they got me an appointment the same day because they didn't want me to put up with the pain in my tooth for a longer time. Dr. Patel and his team made me feel welcome and his work was exceptional, after doing the procedure on my molar's root canals he prescribed pain pills but his work was so good I didn't have to take a single tablet.

- Hector V

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Patient Review By Megan H

Best dentist appointment I’ve ever had

- Megan H

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Patient Review By John P

I was in a LOT of pain and Dr. Patel and his staff eliminated my pain and were extremely helpful. 5 stars!!!!

- John P

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Patient Review By Tim

Dr. Patel and the staff are concise but very friendly. It makes me feel comfortable that they are appropriately focused on the task at hand. I have a general distrust for dentists, but after a few visits here I would not think twice about coming back if the need arose. I can't imagine having a better experience than I had here.

- Tim

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Patient Review By Ray S

I am and 'older' guy and have had several root canals in the past. While not my favorite way to pass the time, I was completely prepared for a mildly unpleasant day. To the Doctor's credit, this was the best procedure I've ever had - and he did two on the same day - one right after the other. From the initial anesthetizing to the final rinse, I was very comfortable and very pleased with everything. I can't give enough praise and kudos for Dr. Patel. I would recommend him to anyone needing his services with absolutely no reservations.

- Ray S

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Patient Review By Tamara H

Dr. Patel and staff are wonderful. I had a molar root canal and was out of the office feeling much better in just over an hour from when I arrived.

- Tamara H

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Patient Review By Amy S

Dr.Patel was compassionate and experienced in performing root canals. He explained the procedure, step-by-step. Dr. Patel numbed my tooth and I was not in pain. He phoned me that night to see how I was doing, which was nice. His office staff were kind & professional. I would recommend Dr. Patel to friends & family

- Amy S

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Patient Review By Linda R

Dr Patel and his staff are all very skilled and knowledgeable. I had complete assurance that my tooth problem would be treated with state of the art care.

- Linda R

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Patient Review By Cheryl H

Dr.Patel and staff are kind and courteous. They actually care about there patients. Dr.Patel called me to see if I was okay. Not many doctors do that anymore. I appreciate his office and will definitely come back hopefully not too soon.

- Cheryl H

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Patient Review By Adriana W

Who hears "root canal" and gets excited?! I was terrified going into this appointment not knowing what was going to happen and what I was going to feel during the procedure. The minute the technician took me back I calmed down, she was very nice and talked me through everything that was going to happen. When Dr Patel came in he explained more in depth about the procedure and explained my CT and xray to me. The procedure went very quickly and I had no pain whatsoever! Dr Patel called to check on me that evening, which I thought was wonderful, and answered any questions I had post procedure. I ended up having to do a 2 part root canal due to the infection I had and was not worried at all about my second appointment. I am not scared at all about having to have another and have told all of my friends that it was not bad at all! If you ever have tooth pain make the Endodontist your first stop, it could save you a lot of time, money, and your tooth! Thank you so much for saving my tooth 🙂

- Adriana W

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Patient Review By Michael R

I would highly recommend Dr. Patel and his staff to anyone who needs this type of work. Everyone in the office was very professional. They cared about me and made sure I had a good experience. I even received a personal call from Dr. Patel later in the evening after my root canal. He wanted to make sure I was doing okay and that I wasn't having any problems.

- Michael R

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