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
An example of a tooth healed by root canal therapy
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 98 Root Canal Therapy reviews

Patient Review By Octaviea M

I am so grateful for Dr. Patel and his staff, they worked with me and took their time to explain my care and treatment and even helped me follow up with my other provider. I will never forget the care I was provided with from his office and his staff.

- Octaviea M

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Patient Review By Bob S

I had an appointment with my dentist for the pain I was feeling that was scheduled for the next Monday. When the pain became unbearable on Thursday, I could not wait anymore. They referred me to Dr. Patel who was able to see me that Thursday afternoon. I had an abscess and needed a root canal. It was the best root canal I have ever had. So smooth and fast. I am so grateful that they made time to see me. Dr Patel and his staff were so welcoming and accommodating. I would give them a 10 if possible. I was able to go on vacation afterwards with no pain or discomfort. They are the best!

- Bob S

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Patient Review By Brett B

I had an "emergency" appointment on May 23rd this year. My last root canal was when I was 9 years old. That appointment took a couple of hours and as a result I have hated the dentist ever since (it is the only thing that makes me anxious in life these days). I am 53 now, and I went in on the 23rd expecting the worst, again. I wanted to be "put under" or have valium, etc, but that would have required a reschedule. I went ahead with the procedure. I was "in the chair" for about 30 minutes. Dr. Patel and Marie were AMAZING! I think that was the first time they have asked "How was that?" after a root canal and had the response "That was wonderful!" They both stopped in their tracks and laughed. I told them they had both renewed my trust in the dental arts. 🙂 If I need another root canal I will go to Dr. Patel, no doubt. Their ability to comfort and reassure me was wonderful. The office was really nice, and all of the staff are the nicest people. Pain free in 24 hours. Not at ALL how I remembered it from when I was 9. I guess there has been progress in the last 44 years. 🙂

- Brett B

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Patient Review By Warren K

Timely and exemplary service. I went in for a root canal and the procedure was fast and painless. I would recommend Dr. Patel to anyone seeking endodontic work, His demeanor and approach really gives you a calmness and confidence in his work

- Warren K

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Patient Review By Amanda S

I wish I could give Highlands Ranch Endodontics 10 stars because they are amazing all around! I was a new patient to their practice and needed a root canal ASAP. Not only were they willing to get me in quickly, they were willing to give up a lunch break to do so (talk about service above and beyond!). They have a lovely office space that is comfortable and clean. Every staff member was friendly and caring and Dr. Patel is clearly an expert in his field giving me superior treatment. They had me in and out in under an hour and a day later I am pain free. I cannot recommend them more highly!

- Amanda S

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Patient Review By Jodi W

I absolutely loved it here! They were all wonderful from the moment I walked in the door until I left. I had a warm friendly greeting, and was brought back quite quickly! The dental assistant/nurse was amazing! She was personable and professional! The endodontist was comforting and knowledgeable. Great bedside manner! And so fast! Wow! I would recommend them to anyone!

- Jodi W

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Patient Review By Dawn T

Great office staff, very friendly and accommodating. They were able to fit us in on a cancellation and had our insurance estimate already for me when we came in the next morning without much time to prepare. Dr Patal was very welcoming and put my son at ease. Then Dr Patel even called that evening to make sure he was doing ok. Would highly recommend this office!

- Dawn T

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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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