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 therapy, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to root canals are discussed.

Endodontic Presentation

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 47 Root Canal reviews.

Dr. Hirschman and his staff are very professional and friendly. They always made me feel comfortable and relaxed the whole time. I would not go anywhere else and highly recommend them to anyone who needs an Endodontist

- Susanne K

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Dr. Hirschman handled my high-drama root canal like a boss. He kicks an enormous amount of ass. 🙂

- Jenn W

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I liked how i didn't have to wait for a long time and how the procedure was a success. I also liked how when they did the procedure they were asking if my tooth was hurting a lot.

- Elizabeth a

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I have always been very nervous in the dentist’s chair. Dr. Hirschman and his staff were extremely patient, communicative and caring with their treatment. Best of all, pain and discomfort were completely absent. They took great care of me! Thanks!

- Andrew M

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I was so nervous for this root canal but now it seems so silly that I was so worried. The Dr. did such an amazing job that I did not feel a thing!!

- Adrienne S

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Procedure was fast and no pain at all. It was great

- Fredric G

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Best experience ever!

- Zaira C

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FAST! My goodness for a root canal it took me longer to drive here than it did them to do the whole procedure. Thanks guys

- Angela P

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From the first phone call to my actual procedure, I was treated with the utmost care. Being a Medicaid patient is not always an easy thing and sometimes we are treated like second class citizens. But I didn't feel any of that , from the gal at the front desk to Dr. Hirschman. Instead, everyone was beyond nice and polite. And the actual procedure was completely painless and fast. Thank you to everyone there for what turned out to be an enjoyable experience.

- Elizabeth F

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Everyone was really nice and friendly.

- Nga P

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Exceeded my expectations. Staff and Endodontist friendly and professional. Thank you very much!

- Curt F

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- Son H

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Wonderful experience with Dr. Hirschman. My root canal was fast and painless, which was a pleasant surprise, and he made sure to tell me what he was doing at each step. I could not recommend him more highly.

- Jeremy G

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Very good service. I was in no pain

- Kyle K

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Could not come more highly recommended. Was seen within approx. 24hrs of calling and everyone was so kind. Dr.Hirschman explained every step and different possibilities so I could make a decision with all the facts. Wonderful staff and the best root canal experience I've had. Never left a dental office feeling more informed and taken care of.

- Amber K

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Dr. Hirschman and staff were professional and thorough from beginning to end.The office location and setting is convenient, clean and appropriately equipped and set my mind at ease as this was my first visit to the practice and my first root canal. Dr. Hirschman was informative and attentive, and I especially liked his "legacy" story, it is what got me to walk through his door to begin with! I would return to this practice, without question. Thank you Dr. Hirschman and staff.

- Chris K

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Extremely great service!

- Jesse G

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Dr. Hirschman took a good deal of care and performed admirably. He showed me before and after X-rays of the tooth he was working on. It was amazing how much better the tooth looked after his work. I have never had a root canal before, yet I can safely say I can recognize an outstanding doctor when I have had one. Thank you.

- Michael I

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Everyone was amazing and the procedure was a lot less pain than I planned. I didn’t feel rushed or pressured. The overall visit was great and gave me huge sense of relief

- Heather R

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This is my second root canal here. The first is still great after 3 years. Very professional. Happy again with my visit.

- Erica D

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