Root canal therapy often comes with a lot of baggage—myths, misconceptions, and a general sense of dread. But what if we told you that much of the fear surrounding root canals is based on outdated information? At our practice, we want to demystify the process and show you what really happens when you visit an endodontic specialist for a root canal. Our goal? To alleviate your concerns, provide clarity, and perhaps even change your mind about this crucial dental procedure.

What is an Endodontic Specialist?

First things first, let’s talk about what an endodontic specialist, or endodontist, actually does. Endodontists are dentists with additional two or more years of specialized training beyond dental school, focusing specifically on diagnosing and treating tooth pain and performing root canal treatment and other procedures involving the interior of the tooth. In short, they’re the experts when it comes to saving your natural teeth.

The Root Canal Process: A Step-by-Step Guide

1. Diagnosis and X-rays

Your journey begins with a thorough examination and X-rays to determine the extent of the infection or damage within the tooth. This initial step ensures that a root canal is the best course of action for your particular situation.

2. Anesthesia

The area around the affected tooth is numbed with local anesthesia to ensure a pain-free procedure. Contrary to popular belief, a root canal isn’t more painful than getting a filling.

3. Creating a Clean Workspace

An endodontic specialist will place a small protective sheet called a dental dam around the tooth to isolate it and keep it clean and free of saliva during the procedure.

4. Removing the Infected or Damaged Tissue

A small opening is made in the crown of the tooth to access and remove the infected or damaged pulp. The specialist then carefully cleans and shapes the inside of the root canals for filling.

5. Filling the Canals

Once the canals are cleaned and shaped, they are filled with a biocompatible material, usually a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. This is placed with an adhesive cement to ensure complete sealing of the canals.

6. Restoring the Tooth

After the root canal, the tooth needs to be restored with a filling or crown for protection and to restore it to full function. Depending on the extent of the damage, the restoration may be completed the same day or during a subsequent visit.

7. Aftercare

Following the procedure, you may experience some sensitivity or discomfort, which typically subsides within a few days. Over-the-counter pain relievers are usually sufficient to manage any discomfort.

The Role of Technology in Modern Endodontics

Technology plays a crucial role in making root canal therapy more efficient and less invasive. From digital X-rays that reduce radiation exposure to advanced microscopy and ultrasonic instrumentation for precision cleaning and shaping of canals, we leverage the latest advancements to enhance patient comfort and outcomes.

Why Choose an Endodontic Specialist?

While general dentists are trained to perform root canals, endodontic specialists have the advanced training, experience, and technology to handle more complex cases and to ensure the best possible outcome for your tooth. Our focus is on saving your natural teeth and doing so with the highest level of comfort and care.


Root canal therapy doesn’t have to be a daunting experience. With the right endodontic specialist, it can be a straightforward, pain-free procedure that preserves your natural tooth and eliminates pain. At our practice, we’re dedicated to providing you with the highest quality care, leveraging our specialized training and the latest technology to ensure the best outcomes for our patients. If you’re experiencing tooth pain or have been told you need a root canal, let us show you the difference expert care can make.