Alexandria Endodontics

What is a Root Canal?

A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures, with millions being performed every year. This simple treatment is needed when the tooth becomes infected either 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 around the tooth, sensitivity to temperature or severe, lingering or achy pain in the tooth and gums.



If you experience any of these symptoms, your dentist will most likely recommend root canal treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp (collection of blood vessels and nerves at the center of the tooth). Once you are completely numb, 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 complexity of 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. We use local anesthesia to eliminate discomfort. You will be able to drive home after your treatment, and you probably will be comfortable returning to your normal routine.


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.


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  • I just love the way the staff and doctor makes you feel so welcome. I love the way they make sure my daughter was always comfortable while she had work done. I highly recommend this Doctor and staff
    -Gidget D.
  • I’ve seen Dr. Lester several times. He is always kind, patient & professional. On this last visit, he saw me immediately & relieved my pain quickly. My sincere thanks to Dr. Lester and his staff.
    -Cassie A.
  • This office is so friendly and professional. They really care about their patients. Dr. Lester did an outstanding job of keeping me pain free and informed of what was happening during my procedure!
    -Vicky D.
  • The staff have stupendous attitudes and professionalism! Had a root canal done by Dr. Caronna, he and the nurse were amazing and had knew how to have a few laughs. They talked to me and continuously checked to see if I needed anything and set me at complete ease. Dr. Dan soup!!! That was icing on all the feel goods!! Soup (tomato basil was mine) has a full flavor and hearty taste, perfect for when the numbness wears off and one can barely open their sore jaws!! Thank you all for the amazing experience and restoring my faith in legit good dentist who care about their patients! I'll definitely come to y'all first with any more problems!!
    -Dai-cher J.
  • When it comes to any type of dental visits I have severe anxiety, Dr Lester did his best to make sure I was comfortable during my root canal, I can honestly say I had a 100% pain free root canal and was sent home with a jar of soup! I will recommend him to everyone! Best dental experience of my life.
    -Danielle S.
  • I went to Alexandria Endodontics for two root canals and the process was very easy. The staff is excellent and I would recommend this practice to anyone.
    -Molly M.