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 98 Root Canal Therapy reviews.

Patient Review By Luke M

I was nervous about my root canal as it was the first time I've had one. I was also skeptical about the 3D scan however it truly helped Dr Patel locate my canal and treat it effectively. Regular x-rays did not show there was any canal left which potentially required an implant. The 3D scan Dr Patel did located a residual canal and he was able to restore my tooth rather than the expensive alternative. Staff was beyond helpful and returned calls promptly. I also never waited past my appointment time. Dr Patel was professional, kind, and explained the procedure clearly which put my mind at ease.

- Luke M

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Patient Review By Ember B

I was able to get into the office on a last minute notice, the staff were SUPER friendly, and Dr. Patel was professional and quick. Great experience overall.

- Ember B

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Patient Review By Judy S

I was very impressed with Dr. Patel and all the staff who helped me at Highlands Ranch Endodontics. Everyone is kind, caring and friendly. I was pleasantly surprised with my experience in having a root canal. I was able to make an appointment to have the procedure completed quickly. Dr. Patel was so quick doing the procedure, reassuring which made me feel less anxious and I didn't have an uncomfortable experience. I recommend anyone to Dr. Patel who needs to have an endo procedure, and if I need another procedure, I will certainly return. Thank you Dr. Patel and all the staff who helped me.

- Judy S

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Patient Review By Samuel J

I was nervous because i have never had to have a root canal done before. Dr. Patel and Staff made it very comfortable and quick. I had no pain at all didn’t feel a thing they numb you up very good and I didn’t even feel the needle . Dr Patel’s Skill level is very good I would recommend to anyone suffering with tooth pain .

- Samuel J

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Patient Review By Nicole B

I would recommend this office. I am hard to get numb, but I felt NO discomfort. I was amazed at how fast it went and how calm they made me feel. They explained everything very well. I am so glad that my dentist sent me to this office. The best dental care!

- Nicole B

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Patient Review By Kelly T

Dr Patel and his staff were wonderful. I loved being able to fill out my paperwork online ahead of time. When I had my root canal procedure I would describe Dr Patel as having “the velvet touch,” no discomfort, no pain and was done in an expedient manner. I highly recommend Dr. Patel for root canal therapy.

- Kelly T

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Patient Review By Jim H

Dr Patel and Staff are AMAZING!!! I would recommend them for all Endo treatments...they are very knowledgeable and personable! They explained each treatment in detail and made me feel comfortable throughout the entire process!!

- Jim H

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Patient Review By Laura P

Dr Patel is very professional and good at what he does. I felt I was in capable hands. Jackie is very sweet and welcoming. Sherri took time to explain and and answer all my questions. I highly recommend this doctor. If I need an Endodontic I will come back.

- Laura P

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Patient Review By Donna F

This was my third root canal with Dr. Patel in the past five years. Each time I am amazed how quickly the procedure takes to be completed. He is very thorough and a superb specialist!

- Donna F

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Patient Review By TJ M

Dr. Patel and staff were awesome to work with! Everyone in their office was extremely friendly, I never had to wait and most importantly they do great work! Highly recommend!

- TJ M

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Patient Review By Nicole K

Dr. Patel and his staff were very professional, incredibly friendly and beyond helpful. During my root canal Dr. Patel explained everything he was doing and helped me to feel comfortable and calm. I would refer everyone I know to Highlands Ranch Endo. Thank you!

- Nicole K

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Patient Review By Barbara F

Dr. Patel explained the procedure beforehand and kept me up-to-date during the process. He was patient and completely answered my questions. His staff is friendly and aware that these visits are stressful. They were so helpful in putting me at ease. The entire staff is professional and, at the same time, compassionate.

- Barbara F

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Patient Review By Candace S

Dr. Patel and his staff were very professional and so friendly. They called everyday before and after the procedure to make sure I was doing ok. During the root canal Dr. Patel explained everything he was doing step by step. And that made me feel much more comfortable. I would refer everyone I know to Highlands Ranch Endo. Thank you!

- Candace S

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Patient Review By Jerry B

I would not go anywhere else for endodontics work. I suggested that my wife go to Dr Patel when she needed a root canal. She suffers from doctorphobia (to coin a word) and she won't go anywhere else.

- Jerry B

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Patient Review By Betty J

I found everyone in this office very nice and friendly. Everything about the procedure was explained to me. I would highly recommend this office to family and friends.

- Betty J

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Patient Review By Larry B

Dr. Patel took time to explain what he was seeing in X-rays, did an additional 3D image (at no extra charge) to make sure of what he was dealing with. He followed up with a call to see how I was doing that night. I would definitely recommend Dr. Patel.

- Larry B

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Patient Review By Kathy H

I have had 3 root canals and can honestly say that Dr. Patel was the best at it! I would not only recommend him to my friends and family, but will certainly return to him if I need additional procedures. Excellent service and practice!

- Kathy H

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Patient Review By Heather K

Dr. Patel and his team were so reassuring and caring. My procedure went very well and Dr. Patel even called that evening to check on how I was feeling. I would HIGHLY recommend his practice.

- Heather K

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Patient Review By MLP

Everyone is very professional and friendly. Very concerned about my comfort during the root canal. This is my first root canal but I would not hesitate to return if needed and I would highly recommend Dr Patel to anyone needing his expertise!!


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Patient Review By Lorraine M

A very well run medical office, that provided excellent care. I am 75 years old and never had a root canal done before. But I felt completely confident that I would receive the very best care by Dr. Patel and his staff, following my initial visit. Today I had the root canal done and it went smoothly and exactly as described by Sherri and Dr. Patel.

- Lorraine M

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