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 of 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. Hirschman uses 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.

An example of a healthy tooth
Healthy Tooth
A tooth anatomy diagram highlighting pulp dentin and canal
Tooth Anatomy
A visual of tooth inflammation showing tooth decay and an inflamed pulp
A representation of a tooth with its canals cleaned
Cleaned Canals
An illustration of root canal filling of a tooth
Filling Placed
An example of a tooth healed by root canal therapy
Healed Tooth

Endodontic Presentation

To provide you with a better understanding of endodontic procedures, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to root canal therapy are discussed.

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 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.


Legacy Endodontics

5 out of 5 stars based on 52 Root Canal reviews.

The dental assistant (younger blond lady) was very sweet and understanding. The doctor was absolutely amazing (they both were) They made me feel comfortable the second they walked in. They were walking me through everything and we were cracking jokes. The wait time was very little and my tooth feels amazing now! overall an amazing experience and I would definitely recommend!

- Atreya C

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The doctor and the staff were great at what they're doing. They are thorough, knowledgeable and showed me the work they had done after the appointment. I would recommend them to others.

- Elizabeth L

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This was my first and hopefully only root canal.... I was terrified. The entire office staff was great! Everyone was kind, helpful and I couldn't be more grateful that the experience was pleasant. (or at least as pleasant as a root canal can be.... :)) thank you to all!

- Bonnie B

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Speaking from experience - and this was my third root canal under the care of Dr. Hirschman - I can honestly say that he makes this experience as pain free as possible. I was almost rocked to sleep in the operative chair. If I ever have another root canal on my horizon, I know I will be back to see Dr. Hirschman. It's all about pain free from a caring and professional staff. Legacy Endodontics offers the best care in the industry. Thank you.

- Dori J

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This was my first root canal. The dentist and staff made it a relatively painless event.

- Peggy O

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Best patient quality care.

- Brenda D

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After going to a Graduate School of Dentist in Aurora to get help on a bone loss issue that made things worse. This office took such great care of me, and got me feeling better. They did not hurt me in any way not even when Dr. Hirschman put the anesthesia to work so fast I was no longer in pain. The procedure went by so fast I was able to fall asleep. Loretta never hesitated to be by my side during the procedure making sure I was well. I even took a nap and when I woke up it was all done. Never felt throbbing or pain at all. If it wasn't for Michelle that got me an appointment right away I would still be suffering from this horrible pain. I just want to thank you guys for been the best team I could have gotten.

- Janet D

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Every aspect of the office runs like a well oiled machine. Michelle makes scheduling and checking out a breeze which is refreshing after the nightmare the front desk at my last dentist was and they had 5 people! I was completely distracted from the procedure as watching Dr. Hirschman and Loretta work was fascinating. I don't know if I have ever seen people work so well together. I left in amazement going that was a root canal??? I had some mild discomfort the next day that didn't even require pain reliever. After that it was like nothing ever happened. Thank you!

- Daphne S

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I’ve had 2 root canals done by Dr Hirschman, about 12 years apart, and each went really smooth. I would 100% recommend anyone go see Dr Hirschman if they need a root canal!

- Rick L

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My visit with this office and Dr. Hirschman was fabulous, especially considering my apprehension about getting a root canal. The office has the latest technology and equipment and is beautifully appointed! Dr. Hirschman explained the entire procedure step-by-step, reassuring me and making sure I was comfortable and relaxed during the entire process! His staff was also professional, kind and thorough! I would return to his office without reservation and therefore highly recommend him!

- Laura V

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Start to finish excellent. Dr. Is very thoughtful and explained everything in detail. No pain. Easy double root canal. Perfect experience.

- Rebecca W

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I love this place, I felt comfortable right away and taken care of right away! They are amazing, clean friendly environment, with great staff that will take care of you!

- Jessica A

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I highly recommend Legacy Endodontics. The staff and Dr. Are very kind, pleasant. Dr. Hirschman is very caring and takes the time to explain everything. I will recommend them to my family and friends.

- Anonymous

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I have nothing but positive things to say about Legacy Endodontics. I live in the mountains, so the location of the complex is really convenient. The office is beautiful: clean and welcoming. The entire visit took exactly the amount of time I was told it would, and I felt entirely confident in the work being done during the procedure. I will definitely use Legacy for further special procedures and will recommend them to others.

- Sylvia K

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I would recommend this endodontist to everyone in the state of Colorado he's got a great team he's an awesome guy and very knowledgeable about what he does

- Maryanne Z

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I went to Dr. Hirschman to have a root canal. My story is I spent over two months dealing with my dentist trying to get my claim authorized. I was informed 1 hour before my appointment (after taking the day off and making other arrangements), somebody scheduled me in error because they didn't have the authorization. The following day I located Dr. Hirschman through my dental provider and spoke with Michelle (office staff) over the phone, provided the necessary insurance information, and took the X-ray to her the same day. She got the authorization and scheduled me the same day! I stress when any type of dental work has to be done (awful childhood experiences) and must say Dr. Hirschman's staff was reassuring and professional. I can't say enough about Dr. Hirschman; he made getting a root canal a breeze. I can't thank him and his staff enough for turning an initially very negative situation into a very positive experience.

- Alida N

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I cannot believe I even had a root canal under a crown today! Entire team and Doc were professional yet so fun and personable, I was instantly at ease! Truly painless and Doc made sure I knew what to expect and made sure my questions were answered. Doc and assistant were lock step, perfect team. I hope to never need another root canal, but if I do....I know where I will go. Very Covid safe. Be ready for the medieval furniture, it is not an indication of a torture chamber! Office is actually peaceful and well designed. Laugh with the ladies there, they will laugh back!!

- Sandy C

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I will recommend this practice to friends and family. Couldn't have had better service. Thanks, Legacy!

- Janet M

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I feel that the staff was completely professional, the place was clean and orderly,, i enjoyed the view from the window,, the work went very fast and as far as i can tell so far,, was very well done,, time will tell. i felt that the doctor was excellent in sharing information and very kind and caring. i really appreciate the quality work,, again,, so far. thank you very much

- nathan h

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Having a root canal procedure is never anything to look forward to, but my experience at Legacy Endodontics made it almost as painless as possible. My entire experience at Legacy is one I would recommend to anyone!

- Lauren T

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