Root Canal Treatment

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 for 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. Root canal 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. Dr. Katz and Dr. Bonar 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.

For more information about Root Canals or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Katz or Dr. Bonar:

Illustration of healthy teet and gums
Healthy Tooth
Illustration of a tooth anatomy diagram pointing to pulp, dentin and canal
Tooth Anatomy
Illustration of a tooth diagram pointing to tooth decay and inflamed pulp
Illustration of a tooth with its canals cleaned
Cleaned Canals
Illustration of a tooth diagram pointing to root canal and temporary filling
Filling Placed
Illustration 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 Root Canal 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 a root canal cost?

The cost associated with root canals 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.


Beachwood Endodontic Specialists

5 out of 5 stars based on 31 Root Canal Therapy reviews.

Patient Review by Anna S

This appointment was scheduled very quickly for a next day emergency and was done with ease. I walked into the appointment a bit tense/anxious (all the reading I did the night prior did not help), but once I sat into the chair Dr. Bonar's assistant informed me of the procedure and talked me away from a lot of the anxiety I was feeling. I was numbed, popped in my headphones to listen to a podcast and Dr. Bonar went to work. I am oh so thankful for everything and if my tooth was not dead, I am sure it would be saying it is happy with how everything went too!

- Anna S

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Patient Review by Karen K

Dr. Katz is very skilled in his specialty.I trust his expertise, and he is caring towards patient's anxieties. I have referred friends in the past and they all have been pleased with Dr. Katz and their results.

- Karen K

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Patient Review by Angie K

Great location near 271, no wait time and very transparent with communicating out of pocket costs. This office welcomed my referral from my Dentist. The Endodontic Specialist and my general dentist made for a pleasant and unforgettable patient experience! And the injection was not bad at all= first injections are always great impressions! I have had a prior root canal in the past and Dr. Bonar is bar none! The office is very clean and organized.

- Angie K

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Patient Review by Stephanie Anne H

Thank you so much for saving my front tooth. I'm so very grateful

- Stephanie Anne H

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Patient Review by Hedy P

This was either my third of fourth root canal procedure at Dr. Katz’s office and my first one with Dr. Bonar. The whole team was courteous, friendly and showed genuine concern for me. I had the utmost confidence in Dr. Bonar and when the procedure was complete and the Novocain wore off I had almost no pain. Five days later, and I am doing very well.

- Hedy P

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Patient Review by Matt T

Some months ago, circumstances dictated that I had a root canal procedure while living overseas. This proved problematic for me, and that same tooth, as well an another molar developed problems which were quite painful and uncomfortable. Upon recommendation of my great, long time dentist (Dr. Murray Berkowtiz) I was able to get in to see Dr. Katz...who, in the end provided great and very professional care and was able to get me sorted ! A big thanks to Dr. Katz and his entire team. I especially want to mention and thank his assistant Latisha - who was extra kind and patient with me ! Thanks Dr. Katz and your entire team !!

- Matt T

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Patient Review by John N

The whole experience was simple and pain free. I would recommend Dr. Katz to anyone. He certainly took the fear and anxiety out of the process. Thank you very much to the staff and Dr. Katz.

- John N

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Patient Review by Tessa M

I felt comfortable at all times and appreciated the communication from all of the staff.

- Tessa M

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Patient Review by Matthew C

Dr. Bonar was calm, professional, and excellent at her craft. As far as root canals go, it was pretty great!

- Matthew C

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Patient Review by James R

staff was professional.

- James R

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Patient Review by Michelle S

The office staff & doctor were very friendly and pleasant. My problem was diagnosed quickly & taken care of at the same appointment.

- Michelle S

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Patient Review by paula B

Everyone was very helpful and nice, you accept care credit and that is a plus.

- paula B

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Patient Review by Angelo C

It was a great expierence. Office very helpful, Dr Bonar and Katie worked together well. I was taken care of quickly with no pain or discomfort. Would recommend to everyone. Great job.

- Angelo C

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Patient Review by Rose G

The whole experience was handled very professionally and without any problems. Having a root canal is not the most pleasant thing, but the procedure went well and a lot easier than I expected. Thank you to the entire team.

- Rose G

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Patient Review by Rebecca S

Dr. Bonar and the staff were GREAT with my daughter who was very anxious. She had no pain during the procedure and left feeling much better!!!

- Rebecca S

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Patient Review by David N

Excellent experience overall.

- David N

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Patient Review by Anthony C

Received two root canals on two separate occassions. Prompt service and a pain free experience. On my second visit, Dr. Katz helped save my severely decayed tooth that needed to be prepared for a post. My dentist said that Dr. KATZ performed a perfect root canal where the post fit flushly. I'd highly recommend visiting this office.

- Anthony C

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Patient Review by James F

Very impressed with the care I received. Dr. Katz has been around the block a time or two and it shows with his excellent care and of course being gentle. It's Drill baby Drill but it's done with extreme care. I'd go back to him again and again!

- James F

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Patient Review by Wright P

Dr. Katz did an excellent job of explaining what he was doing.

- Wright P

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Patient Review by Correne M

Dr. Katz was exceptional. He was very quick and thorough. The experience was way better than I thought it was going to be. Very pleased.

- Correne M

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