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 the pulp. The pulp is a collection of blood vessels, nerve tissue and connective tissue. 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.

For more information about Root Canal Treatment or to schedule a consultation at Parkside Endodontics, call our Sunset SF office at  Sunset District SF Office Phone Number 415-566-6900 or call our Downtown San Francisco office at  Downtown San Francisco Office Phone Number 415-528-7590.

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. This 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.

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 the type of restoration necessary to protect your tooth. It is rare for endodontic patients to experience complications after routine endodontic treatment. If a problem does occur, however, we are available at all times to respond.

How much will root canal treatment cost?

The cost associated with the root canal procedure 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.

Patient Reviews for Root Canal

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- Kathy Mata D

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The overall experience was superb. This was a root canal and I am very pleased with the staff and the doctor. The procedure was not at all painful. It was almost comfortable! I hope but expect there should be no complications. I would recommend Dr. Lurton and her staff.

- Thomas B

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I love them they are the best they made me feel very welcomed and relaxed I actually fell asleep through the procedure that's how relaxed I was.

- Gwenisha C

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This was my first root canal so I did not know what to expect. I found the staff to be gracious and very helpful. Dr. Bardsley was extremely professional, caring and friendly. I did not experience and pain or discomfort. The procedure was rapidly finished and I went home feeling very good. Thanks Dr. Bardsley !

- Don F

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I was referred to Parkside for a root canal consult. I thought I was most likely going to be told that I needed the procedure even though some of my symptoms didn't confirm or deny the need for it. Dr. Sean Bardsley did my consult and recommended for me to have my filling replaced and not have the root canal done for now. It would have been so easy to recommend the root canal but Dr. Bardsley was honest and advised me that this tooth may be fine by replacing the filling without a root canal but it may require one in the future. My regular dentist filled the cavity and I have had no signs of trouble for over 2 months now. It is so refreshing to meet someone like Dr. Bardsley, who is honest and caring, and all the people at Parkside Endodontics who tell you the truth and not put you through any unneeded dental work. I cannot recommend them enough!

- Fred C

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Dr.Lee is professional, gentle and extremely prepared.During the procedure he made sure to explain every step. Made me feel very conforable. I would highly recomend him to friends and family.

- fiorella w

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THE STAFF WERE FRIENDLY AND COURTEOUS. DR. LITTON-NAVASERO WAS ATTENTIVE, COMPASSIONATE, KIND AND TOP NOTCH AT WHAT SHE DOES!! SHE ENTERS THE ROOM WITH ENTHUSIASM AND SKILL. WONDERFUL DOCTOR!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

- BARBARA A

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I cannot say enough about Dr. Lee and his staff! My dentist recommended Dr. Lee for a root canal that she was not comfortable performing. I am so grateful that I was recommended to Dr. Lee, not only did he perform a tricky root canal with out any issues or pain but I was well informed as to what was happening and the procedure only lasted 1hour. I cannot say enough about Dr. Lee, the receptionist and his wonderful assistant.........they were fantastic!

- Caitlin C

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Could not be happier. Dr. Lee is a pro and his team is dialed in. A real team in action From start to finish Top Flight

- Don W

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Dr. Litton-Navasero is a great Dentist for root canal work at the Vicente location. Assistants were professional and they all make a great team. Thanks for doing my root canal.

- Dave B

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Very courteous and accommodating staff, Dr. Lee is the best. I have had 3 root canals done at Dr. Lee's office, 2 by Dr. Lee and the other by Dr. Litton-Navasero and all 3 times I have been extremely satisfied with the level of care and professionalism exhibited by the entire office. I would recommend this office to my friends and family. Thank you for excellent patient care and customer service!

- Anne Ferrel M

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I have been using their services for over 20 years. I recently brought my 16 year old son in to have Dr.Lee perform root canal therapy. His first dental experience was a success ! The office staff, Tina and Jessel were professional and courteous . And Doc Lee ROCKS ! I would tell everyone in need of these services to go No where else!

- Denise B

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Dr. Lee and his whole staff were friendly and welcoming! Dr. Lee made sure I was comfortable and thoroughly explained what he was going to do. Even during the procedure, he made sure I was aware of every step he was taking. Plus, I was impressed on how fast the procedure took! It was quick efficient! Overall, great experience!!!

- Jennifer S

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I was seen promptly, the same week I called for the appointment. The appointment concluded on time. Dr. & staff took good care of me.

- Katherine K

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Dr. Lee is very nice and he explains everything that will be done. He has very good bedside manners and he treats his staff with respect. He also calls the next day to check up on you which is very nice.

- ERIKA M

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Dr Lee performed my first and hopefully last root canal. Each member of his staff that I dealt with was friendly and helpful. Dr Lee is knowledgable, thorough and communicates well. Other results may vary, but the procedure after the novocaine was given was painless for me and I did not need pain medication after.

- Terrence G

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Dr. Lee was meticulous and efficient. Outside of the slight soreness associated with the anesthetic injection sites, the root canal therapy was essentially painless. I was most impressed. The bite block is a great idea, virtually eliminating jaw soreness.

- David C

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This was my First root canal ever and it went smoothly without any pain or discomfort. Dr. Jennifer Litton-Navasero and the hygenists were gentle and polite during the procedure. Thank you ladies!

- Toby T

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Hands down the best dental experience ever. I went in for my first root canal that I had put off for a year because I was scared. Dr. Lee has the best bedside manner and made me feel totally comfortable and at ease. He explains everything, is very attentive, and does meticulous work. He even called to make sure I was recovering well. I'm so glad I went to him. If you need a root canal, this is the man to see.

- Dakota A

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The most fun I have every had getting a root canal! These folks are amazingly considerate and professional. If you require endodontic care, this is the place.

- Robert R

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Dr. Lee and his staff were really great. I was able to make an appointment very quickly. I was seen in no time and received very clear explanations on what the root canal procedure would be. The process was quick, very efficient and basically painless. I was very impressed, indeed. If you need a root canal done, I highly recommend Dr. Lee and the staff.

- Moshe R

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Dr Lee is so professional. Great bed side manners, explains every detail. Makes you feel very comfortable. Has all of best equipment. This is my second root canal service. All done in 2 hrs. Cancelled my second appointment.

- Annelle B

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The overall process wasn't painful.

- Winnie C

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Wow. My first root canal and I was dreading it. Dr. Litten and her staff were warm and kind and did excellent work. I'm so relieved!

- Esther L

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Highest recommendation for Dr. Edward Lee. Dr. Lee evaluates then takes the time to explain with diagrams in detail what procedures will take place. During the procedure when the time is appropriate he lets you know what is happening. He and his staff are very friendly and totally professional, they rate a 10 on a scale of 1-10.

- Ann I

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I had a great experience with the staff and Dr. Lee. I came to get a diagnosis and ended up getting the root canal done immediately afterwards. Dr. Lee explained the process and my treatment as well as a follow-up the next day to make sure the healing was smooth.

- Mary H

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I was very impressed by the overall professionalism demonstrated by Dr. Lee and his staff. Before the start of the procedure, Dr. Lee took the time to provided a detailed explanation with drawings to show exactly what would occur during my procedure. I was blown away by his attention to detail. This was essential for me being a Registered Nurse and my witnessing perfection in his and his staff use of aseptic techniques. The procedure was mostly pain free and then to receive a personal phone call from Dr. Lee later that evening, following up with me, on how I was feeling since the procedure, is priceless. Thank you so much!!!

- Linda B

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it doesn't get much better than this. dentist lee scores in all areas. his vicente office is super convenient and attractive, he does a thorough job of managing your expectations about what is going on with the problem tooth -- the possible various outcomes -- and during the procedure is super sensitive about all the difficult things involved. he saw before I motioned, toward the end, that I was having a tough time emotionally, and called time out, during which he and his assistant were incredibly understanding and gave me the time I needed to collect myself and get back to business! he seems like a super nice guy. he has gorgeous manners. and every time you do what he asks you to do he says thank you! very nice.

- mimi m

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I knew Dr. Lee would be good because I trust my dentist's recommendations. He was even better than expected. He explained the process and continued to describe each step as he proceeded. He was very aware of possible discomfort and made the procedure as painless and comfortable as possible right from the anesthetic injection on. His assistants were very competent, also. I felt I was in good hands all the way around. I came from the East Bay for this procedure and would definitely make this trip again if I ever have a future need for an endodontist.

- Mary Catherine D

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Outstanding! Very high level of professionalism and competence. I wish they practiced General Dentistry as well.

- Daniel W

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I found Ed Lee to be patient, generous, extremely professional, and of course, Painless. Dr Lee made time in his busy schedule with no notice, on a Friday afternoon when I was in pain and not looking forward to a weekend with meds and an ice pack pressed to my cheek. The staff was terrific and I can't offer enough great comments about Ed Lee and his staff. Look, one one a root canal BUT if you have to have one these are the folks to call. Did I mention Painless?

- Moore M

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Dr. Lee was really clear and precise and he explained to me all the process before proceeding with the treatment. I didn't feel any pain during the treatment, nor after that. I didn't have to take any medicine nor pain relief because everything went perfectly.

- Elisabetta C

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I was really nervous but Dr Lee was fantastic!

- Rebecca M

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Good explanation on procedure from Dr. Lee. Wonderful. Comfortable during the procedure and no pain after the local anesthetic wore off the evening of or the morning after.

- Jane D

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i was referred by another dentist to Dr lee. after an initial exam, a root canal was decided upon and i had the procedure on march 12. dr lee was very professional, informed me of what to expect and the staff was fabulous. the root canal was done in a timely manner and all is great now. i would recommend dr lee and his staff to everyone!!!!

- richard c

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Friendly atmosphere

- Erlinda T

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Dr. Edward Lee is an exceptional dentist and his assistants are very friendly and helpful. My root canal procedure went very smoothly and I attribute this to Dr. Lee's technique and professional expertise. I felt at ease in the chair as he calmly communicated his progress to me throughout the procedure. Dr. Lee and his staff deserve high marks… a very professional team. Thank you Dr. Lee for your good work. Brunero Cecchettini

- Brunero C

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The best

- Janet G

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Dr. Lee is a very caring doctor who is an expert in his field. I trust his diagnosis and know that he wants only the best for his patients. Recently, I saw him for a possible root canal. After examining the tooth carefully he gave me several options as to how we could proceed. After discussing each option with him, we decided to fill the tooth in the hopes of bypassing a root canal. He could have recommended a root canal and I would have gone along with it (not knowing any better), but he wasn't just trying to make a buck, he advised the best course of action for me given my situation. I also appreciate that he takes the time to explain the procedure by drawing a diagram and answering any questions I may have. Furthermore, he has called me several times since the visit to check how the tooth is healing. His overall demeanor and professionalism puts me at great ease.

- Juliet J

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Wonderful

- Kathy Mata D

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The overall experience was superb. This was a root canal and I am very pleased with the staff and the doctor. The procedure was not at all painful. It was almost comfortable! I hope but expect there should be no complications. I would recommend Dr. Lurton and her staff.

- Thomas B

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This place is awesome! I was called back immdeiately after leaving a urgent message.The receptionist was bery friendly and professional and made an emergency appointment for me. The staff and the doctor explained everything in detail once it was determined i needed a root canal. The procedure was painless! So much so, i called a friend after the procedure and told him how happy i was..."i just had a root canal!" He thought i was kidding because i was so elated!!! So, thank you to the staff and Dr Weller for there welcoming style and professionalism.

- Donna B

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I called on Wednesday afternoon and received great service. Got an appointment on thursday. Everyone was great! They were so clear throughout the process, explaining each step and making sure I was comfortable with everything. They made getting a root canal a whole lot easier than I thought it would be! Thank you!

- Jonathan D

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I really appreciated how careful everyone was to explain the procedure, risks and after care requirements to me. The staff were very kind, patient, accommodating (I asked to listen to my ipod while they worked and they graciously agreed), they were very responsive to my needs as a hearing impaired patient and did an amazing job on my particularly challenging case. Thanks so much to each of you, and I'm encouraging everyone I know who needs services you specialize in to come your way.

- Kerridwen Terk

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My Dentist determined that my painful tooth required a root canal. Their office made a last minute appointment for me with Dr. Jennifer Litton-Navasero. She thoroughly examined my tooth to make sure it really needed a root canal. Before the procedure she explained what was to be done, what the cost was to be and allowed time for questions. She made sure adequate numbing was done. Her expertise was known to me since she had performed a similar root canal on another tooth before. Everything went flawlessly. She and her assistant Jenny and her office staff are wonderful, courteous, caring and kind. She called me personally a day later to make sure I was OK. My total experience is absolutely positive. Thank you Dr. Litton and thanks to your supportive staff.

- Hk B.

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Dr. Litton and her staff are amazing! The Dr. is extremely gentle with her shots and her tools. The staff went above and beyond my expectations - even holding my hand to comfort me during my visit. They are extremely good communicators too. I have always had a hard time at the dentist because I had some bad dental experiences in the past. I am so happy I found this amazing Dr. and her team. I highly recommend them. Thank you Parkside Endo!

- Aaron R

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For good or bad I Have had significant root canal work done over the years.Dr.Lee and his staff are The best practiconers I have experienced. If you must have a root canal run do not walk to this competent and pleasant practice. The cost is also reasonable .

- Christopher Delaney

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I like to know what to expect — and for how long — when I'm in that dentist chair. Dr. Lee kept me informed before and throughout the procedure. I was pleasantly surprised by how quickly it was all over, and how easily it went. The best part, of course, is that the problem in the tooth isn't a problem any more. So thanks for that to everyone in the office!

- Mark D.

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Very satisfactory in all areas. I would recommend the service to everyone.

- Norma W.

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DR. JENNIFER LITTON-NAVASERO performed a root canal and it was the easiest, most painless procedure I've ever encountered and I have had a number of root canals in my life. She talks you thru the process so there are no surprises. I was so relaxed I feel asleep during the root canal. Clean office, nice people I highly recommend this office.

- James H.

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