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Root Canal Treatment

If a tooth keeps causing you pain, you need to act now.

It may harbor a dangerous infection in the pulp that could cause bone loss in your jaw or even spread throughout your body.

Foothill Dental in Salt Lake City, UT, offers root canal treatment that can end your discomfort and save your tooth from harmful bacteria.

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What Is a Root Canal Treatment?

A root canal treatment is a necessary dental procedure that restores oral health after a tooth's root canal becomes infected. During the root canal, your dentist will remove the soft pulp from inside the tooth to clear the infection and prevent it from damaging your tooth or spreading.

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​You're Not Alone!

Needing a root canal can sound scary. However, it's actually a very common dental procedure. Dentists complete more than 15 million root canals per year, according to the American Association of Endodontists.

Signs That May Indicate a Root Canal Infection

If you have a toothache that refuses to go away, you might already suspect that your root canal needs treatment. Other symptoms include:

  • Increased temperature sensitivity
  • A loose tooth
  • Swelling in the gums
  • A pus-filled pimple on the gums
  • Pain in your jaw or face
  • A change in a tooth's color

The Solution to Root Canal Pain? Gentle Root Canal Therapy

Contrary to all the jokes about root canals, the pain from a root canal is not from the treatment, it's from the infection. Foothill Dental in Salt Lake City, Utah, uses state-of-the-art tools and anesthetics to treat the infection painlessly.

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Symptoms can be hard for the average person to diagnose. Even if you've noticed symptoms that indicate you may need a root canal, you are likely still unsure.

At Foothill Dental, our dentists use advanced diagnostic tools to determine what is causing your problem and determine the right course of action. If you have a root canal infection, our modern, gentle techniques will provide relief and put you on the path to recovery. Our trusted practice has provided comprehensive dental care to Salt Lake City and surrounding communities for more than 30 years.

Do you think you may need a root canal? Protect your health with timely treatment.  Contact Foothill Dental in Salt Lake City, UT, or call us at 

(801) 582-5787

Kind Words From Our Salt Lake City Patients


Tom Paolucci


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Dr David and Tonya did a fantastic job! They explained everything involved with the procedure for my root canal, including all costs, no surprises. The entire staff is warm and welcoming.

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Mike C


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If anyone is searching for a new dentist or a better experience, I would highly recommend Foothill Dental. The staff are consistently friendly and provide impeccable service. Truly, you will not find a better experience.

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What Are the Risks Of Untreated Root Canal Infections?

You don't want to let an infection go untreated. Not only is the infection likely painful, but the infection can travel from the roots of the tooth into the gums and jaw. From there, the infection could seep into the bloodstream and spread throughout your body.

Risks you may face if a root canal goes untreated:

  • Bone loss around the tip of the tooth
  • Tooth loss
  • Swelling that can spread to the face, neck, or head
  • Sepsis, a dangerous immune system response

Our dentists use the latest in modern dentistry techniques to bring relief and restore your oral health. Treatment now can avoid losing the infected tooth and requiring a bridge or dental implant to replace it.

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How Does a Root Canal Work?

Just the words "root canal" alone can cause stress. We can alleviate your fears. The dentists at Foothill Dental use state-of-the-art techniques and gentle dentistry to treat infected canals and restore your oral health. Our dentists go above and beyond to ensure each patient gets thoughtful, thorough care.

Now, let's help put you at ease by describing how a typical root canal works at our Salt Lake City practice:

Our CEREC technology allows us to offer same-day crowns to root canal patients.
Our CEREC technology allows us to offer same-day crowns to root canal patients.

Assess Your Condition

If you notice the symptoms of a root canal, we’ll schedule an appointment as soon as possible so we can examine the affected area and determine the source of your concerns. Something as common as a cavity can lead to infection inside a tooth.

Ensure Your Comfort

If it is determined you need a root canal, we will give you a local anesthetic before treatment begins so your care will be virtually pain-free.

Accessing the Tooth

Once the area is numb, we'll begin your treatment. To ensure your tooth stays sterile we will use a protective dam or tooth shield before creating an opening in the tooth to reach the infected pulp inside.

Removing the Infection

To remove the infection, we will remove the pulp and disinfect the interior of the tooth. The pulp is soft tissue on the inside of the tooth that includes nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue.

Filling the Tooth

If needed, posts will be inserted into the canals to strengthen them. The next step is to fill the interior with a rubber-like substance.

Restoring the Tooth

To strengthen and protect the tooth, we typically recommend a dental crown. In many cases, we can fit you with a CEREC same-day crown so that you can complete your treatment in one appointment. 

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A Closer Look at Root Canal Treatments

Learn more about root canal treatment and how endodontists work in this helpful video.

Restoring Your Smile After a Root Canal With a CEREC Machine

Traditional crowns require multiple appointments over several weeks to prepare the tooth, design the crown, send it to a dental lab for fabrication, and then restore the tooth.

Foothill Dental does all those steps in one appointment using our advanced CEREC technology, a computer-aided design and manufacturing unit.

Our precision computer mapping allows us to design custom crowns that are both durable and beautiful. We color-match your crown so it blends in with your natural teeth and our computer-guided milling ensures the crown fits comfortably and restores your natural bite.

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Paying for Your Root Canal


Prices tend to differ between front and back teeth. Usually, front teeth cost around $600 to $700, while back teeth cost around $800 to $900. If costs concern you, it's important to realize that a crown is much less expensive than a dental implant, which you may need if you lose the tooth to infection.


If you are concerned about how to pay for a crown, we have some reassurance for you. Insurance typically covers at least part of your root canal treatment. However, if you have high out-of-pocket expenses, Foothill Dental also offers financing options. Just contact us for details.

You Can Trust Foothill Dental with Your Smile!

"This was the best dental experience I have ever had...Was lots of cavities, three root canals (with two needing done more than once and one being done a total of three times over my life) and lots more...My bite sits comfortably, and they always make sure to do everything right down to the T... " Emily Wilson, 5-Star Review
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Foothill Dental Matt Stohl, DMD, & David Stohl, DDS

Our dental practice provides comprehensive care to patients of all ages using state-of-the-art technology in a warm and welcoming environment. Our dentists are affiliated with the following organizations:

  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of Laser Dentistry
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • Utah Dental Association
  • Salt Lake District Dental Society

To schedule a consultation, contact us online or call (801) 582-5787.

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