Root Canal Therapy

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.

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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. We use 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 a inflamed pulp
Inflammation
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 it cost?

The cost associated with this 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.

 
 

Alderwood Endodontics

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Patient Review By Daniel E

To perspective patients of Alderwood endodontics, I have had two dental emergencies that needed prompt attention. Both times, my situations were addressed promptly and with appropriate deference. Imagine having major dental work and feeling relaxed AND not feel ANY pain. It was absolutely true for me.. The combination of the optional nitrous, staff, and doctor professionalism is second to none. I would characterize Alderwood Endodontics as being "the best in class!"

- Daniel E

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Patient Review By Bree S

Very friendly group of people. They were kind, knowledgeable and professional. I was blown away by how they went out of their way to make sure I was comfortable.

- Bree S

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Patient Review By wendy j

Dr. Wu is a very skilled and experienced endodontist. I was very impressed with her professionalism. I will be happy to refer her to my family members and friends. Her assistants and other stuff are also great and knowledgeable.

- wendy j

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Patient Review By Beverly R

Dr Ashley Barrineau was excellent to observe. Very efficient, and so many steps involved! She and her Assistant Tanya were a well coordinated team. I was impressed. Thanks to Dr Janison for referring me here. Beverly Rogers

- Beverly R

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Patient Review By Lucretia N

i was terrified to have a root canal! Dr Wu was so very patient & explained everything she did.

- Lucretia N

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Patient Review By Dinah D

No one wants a root canal but if you need one, this is the place to go. Dr Wu was fantastic as was the office staff and dental assistants. It's easy to schedule an appointment within a fair amount of time, billing is explained up front, and care is taken to ensure your comfort.

- Dinah D

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Patient Review By Raghuprasad S

I got my root canal cleaned after my regular dental appointment showed some issues in the X-Ray. Getting appointment was very fast and doctor Wu explained the teeth/root status very well in the first visit and the intervention needed. Second visit was setup for a later date and it was a two hour appointment. It went great and I was shown the before and after X-Rays of the affected region. By the next day I was chewing and eating normally using the teeth that had the procedure. Thanks all again!

- Raghuprasad S

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Patient Review By Dale Q

At my age 75 it’s nice to know Dr Barrineau was quick to assess and organize my treatment appt & was appt was set

- Dale Q

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Patient Review By Sharon M

The staff was very professional and explained the procedure very well.

- Sharon M

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Patient Review By Janice B

Everyone was helpful during a very painful time. They answered all my questions, especially while having anxiety! I appreciated the phone call to check on me the next day!

- Janice B

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Patient Review By Patsy M

Not hard to get scheduled. I saw Dr. Wu and enjoyed her relaxing professional manner. Consultation was explained really well. I had a root canal, my 1st, and it went so well during and afterwards. Would refer for sure. My regular dentist referred me.

- Patsy M

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Patient Review By Vonya K

I liked how engaging the staff was. And I liked the calm attitude that Dr. Bogaert had--even enjoyed hearing him hum sometimes during my visits. During the procedures, I was continually asked how I was doing.

- Vonya K

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Patient Review By Russell L

Dr Wu and Tonya were excellent, knowledgeable with great “bedside manner”, made me feel confident and comfortable having an uncomfortable procedure done!

- Russell L

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Patient Review By Monika W

Who knew a Root Canal was easier than getting a filling. Well the updated technology was a charm. I absolutely had no pain, even when administering the shots to recovery time. Amazingly smoot entire procedure.

- Monika W

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Patient Review By dave h

I was referred by my general Dentist for evaluation and work was needed. The procedure was long but not uncomfortable. Everything turned out well.

- dave h

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Patient Review By Wayne L

Referred by Cedar View Dental to have root canal consultation. The scheduling was a breeze with Jennifer over the phone. In my initial in person visit; I was welcomed by Jennifer and the consultation went well. Scheduled for a Canal and that was on time. Chelsea, answered all my questions and, It was mentioned to expect a follow - up cal from Dr. Barrineau. Overall, the staff seem to get along well, and I had relatively painless procedure. I would recommend Alderwood Endodontics for their staff and location.

- Wayne L

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Patient Review By Maryna F

Root canal was painless, even when several hours later after numbing sensation went away I didn't have pain. Next day, like nothing happened. Thank you for wonderful care.

- Maryna F

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Patient Review By Habtom G

Great service and great staff.

- Habtom G

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Patient Review By Cheri B

They made me very comfortable, and I had no pain. I had a root canal and a crown in one long 3 hour session that went by quickly due to the kindness and care and comfort they gave me. They are the best in the business. My pain is gone. Thank you !

- Cheri B

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Patient Review By Ranee P. P

Thankful to get in so quickly

- Ranee P. P

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Patient Review By Lori M

Best dental anesthesia I've ever had, super painless and effective.

- Lori M

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Patient Review By Mark B

DR Wu and her staff were exceptional. I came in for a root canal expecting pain and discomfort. I left there in amazement. I had no pain through the entire process. Dr Wu gave me step by step notification on her procedure. I would defiantly recommend Alderwood Endodontics. Thank you, Dr Wu and staff.

- Mark B

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Patient Review By Ginny S

Having had 2 previous root canals, I was nervous about my third one. But I worried needlessly because from the numbing injections, which Dr. Wu did slowly so as not to cause much pain, to the procedure itself and afterwards, I felt almost no pain at all. I didn't even need Tylenol post-procedure! I can't recommend Dr. Wu highly enough.

- Ginny S

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Patient Review By Roger L

Please with the procedure and the telephone followup the next day by the doctor

- Roger L

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Patient Review By Eddie T

Dr. Wu and her staff were very professional and courteous. Would highly recommend their office to others.

- Eddie T

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Patient Review By Crystal S

Best dental procedure experience ever.

- Crystal S

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Patient Review By Bret B

The doctor was upfront with all the information that I would need to know; the good and bad. The root canal was so painless, I found myself nodding off!

- Bret B

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Patient Review By Kim H

Dr Wu did a fantastic job on my root canal and I'll definitely be back! I have severe anxiety because of several prior experiences with doctors who were unable to numb me up. The staff was so kind, Dr Wu talked me thru every step of the process, and I had no pain at all. I enjoyed listening to her golden-doodle's escapades - I couldn't help but laugh. Thanks again for the top-notch care! 🙂

- Kim H

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Patient Review By Andrew W

I can tell that Dr. Bogaerts really knows what he's doing because he'll sing along with the intercom music while he's working. Even Assistant Nikki was rockin' to the music during my root canal. Dr. B and Nikki worked very well together; for a root canal everything went smoothly with zero pain. I have had 3 major dental appointments with Alderwood Endo and I am very pleased with their work.

- Andrew W

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Patient Review By Teresa B

My experience was very good and I would recommend Alderwood Endodontics.

- Teresa B

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Patient Review By Sandra E

Impressed by after visit call by Dr. Wu

- Sandra E

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Patient Review By Julie Z

I came to Alderwood Endodontics for an emergency root canal. They took me the same day and completed the procedure so I could travel the next day. I am a white knuckle dental patient and they could not have been more gentle and reassuring. Great job!

- Julie Z

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Patient Review By Manuel H

Had a root canal procedure last Wednesday. Staff was extremely friendly and explained any questions I had. The procedure was done expertly by the doctor. She was very pleasant and explained the procedure in detail which helped put me at ease. Will recommend this office for the same procedure to my friends.

- Manuel H

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Patient Review By Masako N

I had two root canal procedures done for the past two weeks. Dr. Bogaert demonstrated his expertise so convincingly that I was very comfortable and able to rely on his skills completely throughout the operations. My teeth did not hurt after the procedures, and I am quite happy about the whole experience.

- Masako N

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Patient Review By Rupinderpal D

It was a good experience

- Rupinderpal D

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Patient Review By Masako N

Very thorough and responsive after my questions after the procedure

- Masako N

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Patient Review By Julia K

I was nervous about getting a root canal, but the doctor and staff were incredibly accommodating and made the whole experience positive! Dr. Bogaert was very friendly and even checked in on me a couple days after the procedure to make sure everything was okay!

- Julia K

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Patient Review By Yang T

The staff is very friendly and efficient to book appointment for me, Dr. Wu is nice, communicable, and professional which make me relax. Nice place!

- Yang T

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Patient Review By Chris S

Everyone involved with scheduling and carrying out the procedure was very friendly and professional. Dr. Wu especially was very pleasant to meet and chat with.

- Chris S

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Patient Review By rick c

A root canal is not the most pleasant experience to be had, but Ashley Barrineau and Chelsea Richardson made my 4 hour procedure on a Friday night a truly memorable and enjoyable experience. The fact that both of these people elected to stay late on a Friday and made me glad I was there says something very important about both of them. The long procedure was handled with great professionalism, and, even though I couldn't talk with my mouth full of dental equipment, I had a great time listening and laughing with both of them. My mouth feels great but, more importantly, I made happy acquaintances for life.

- rick c

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Patient Review By Julie D

Overall this was a very productive visit. My dental pain/issue was quickly diagnosed and addressed. The patient in the afternoon "emergency" time slot cancelled so I was able to be seen as a new patient, diagnosed, and get a root canal all in the same day. I was thrilled with the care at the office and after visit follow-ups. Dr. Wu called to check on my status a few days after the procedure to confirm everything was healing as it should. I wholeheartedly recommend this office and Dr. Wu as an Endodontist to anyone requiring this type of care.

- Julie D

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Patient Review By Kim D

Kind professional office. Great attention to detail and at making sure you are informed and comfortable.

- Kim D

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Patient Review By Bruce B

If needed I will come back to see her again.

- Bruce B

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Patient Review By John L

I would highly recommend Dr Wu for any Endodontics procedures

- John L

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Patient Review By Michael S

Very professional and prompt service

- Michael S

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Patient Review By Sue J

I have to admit up front that I am not fond of going to the dentist. Fortunately I have not required any procedures other than cleaning my teeth every 6 months for several years. When my regular dentist discovered I had a root absorption she referred me to see an Endodontist. I waited 2-3 week as I really was nervous about that appointment. During that time I researched all of the nearby Endodontists. I’d read the reviews, go back and read again and again. I found myself always going back to Alderwood Endodontics and specifically Dr Wu. When the consult appointment came my Blood Pressure went up as I sat in the chair waiting to meet dr Wu. When she came in her demeanor was calm and reassuring and knowledgeable. Ok. I was going to make the 2 hour appointment for a root canal and an absorption repair. Of course I dreaded the appointment. Day of the appointment everyone calming and efficiently proceeded to numb the area. After 10-15 minutes the technician tested for numbness and it was not numb enough yet. She calmly said she’d have the Dr come back in to make me more comfortable. Dr Wu came in and gave more medication to numb the area. She was not rushed or agitated. She remained calm and sensitive to my comfort level. Next time she came back she was ready to begin. First the root canal, with several X-rays during to procedure to assure the root canal was completed. Staff would always allow a break for me if needed and a time to swallow. Next came the absorption repair. Again done carefully and efficiently with Dr and staff always verbally asking how I was doing. I would highly recommend the office and Dr Wu for any procedure. Although I hope I will not need any more special procedures I would definitely return to this office and Dr Wu. Thankyou staff and Dr Wu!

- Sue J

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Patient Review By Dennis R

The whole process with very quick. From calling for the consultation appointment to the actual appointment. Staff was pleasant and kept me informed of what was going on.

- Dennis R

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Patient Review By Rachael C

I would definitely recommend Alderwood Endodontics! Their staff are friendly and knowledgeable. I was able to get an appointment quickly and felt like a valued patient. I was extremely impressed when Dr.Barrineau personally called to check in later that day to ensure I was feeling well and didn’t have any questions! I will most certainly be returning for any future treatments!

- Rachael C

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Patient Review By Michael S

Very professional and comforting dentist and office staff

- Michael S

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Patient Review By stephanie h

Great staff and communication a plus!

- stephanie h

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Patient Review By Kiem T

Very friendly office

- Kiem T

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Patient Review By Tod B

Dr. Grace H. Wu was so nice and explained everything in detail even during the procedure. Explaining what she was doing and why, was very comforting and relieved a lot of anxiety I had. Even the music selection was excellent! This is the day after and I'm already feeling relief and doing well. Dr. Grace H.Wu called me this morning to follow up and make sure all is well. I highly recommend her for any procedure! I had a Root Canal done.

- Tod B

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Patient Review By Sandi Joralemon J

I would go there again if the need arose

- Sandi Joralemon J

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Patient Review By Yusuf N

Overall it was very good and easy

- Yusuf N

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Patient Review By Swetha P

Overall good care and friendly environment to get the treatment done

- Swetha P

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Patient Review By Nancy K

This was my first root canal, not knowing even what to expect, I really wasn’t even sure what to ask. I should have done more research myself, nod much was told me. I felt the Dr. was extremely annoyed with his assistant. Not sure if the assistant was terribly capable or not, seemed as though he might have been new to that office? The procedure itself was painless. Seemed state of the art equipment. I would not go out of my way to recommend this place. I’d ask around more, do more research in my own.

- Nancy K

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Patient Review By Annette R

I was so happy with Dr. Wu, she is such a great doctor. I had gone to a different endodontist in the past for root canals, (of which there were several), and each time, the doctor numbed the area in the gum, and then started the drilling and each time he always hit the nerve and I got that shooting pain. Then he would immediately put novocaine into the canal and then I was fine. But every time, I had to experience that extreme pain as he exposed the nerve. Not so with Dr. Wu. I was expecting it, but it never happened! It was great. Other than a little pinching feeling when she put in the shots to the gum, I felt NO PAIN in the tooth at all throughout the entire procedure. Whew, I was so relieved and I will only get my root canals from her from now on. Thank you Dr. Wu so much. And also thanks to Kyra the assistant, she was wonderful. They are a great team and had good communication with each other and me. Another thing, that was great about this practice is they would tell me what they were doing as it was happening, which made me feel more comfortable. The procedure was long, about 2 hours, but I will take that any day to be pain free! I recommend Dr. Wu highly.

- Annette R

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Patient Review By Steven A

Needed to ask for adjustment to Nitros. Needed a pause

- Steven A

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Patient Review By Mark V

Overall a great experience- both in the chair and out.

- Mark V

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Patient Review By George A F

The Doctor was Very friendly and compassionate! Explaining the procedure in detail.

- George A F

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Patient Review By Marcia G G

Dr Bogaert and his staff are patient, understanding, professional while being sensitive to the patient's hurting and the need for the procedure..

- Marcia G G

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Patient Review By Haritha G

Dr. Wu explained me her procedures and she made me comfortable and informed through the whole process. She was so responsible and called to check on me. Overall, I recommend to other who need root canal treatment.

- Haritha G

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Patient Review By Grace T

Dr. Wu was very kind, knowledgeable, and friendly. She explained her procedures every step of the way and she made sure that you felt comfortable and informed through the whole process. Thank you for the excellent care!

- Grace T

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Patient Review By Viktoriya U

Everything was perfect

- Viktoriya U

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Patient Review By Tracy H

I had a dental emergency and was referred to Alderwood Endodontics by my regular dentist and was so appreciative that they were able to get me in quickly given the level of pain I was experiencing. Dr. Bogaert provided an exceptional explanation of the images of the involved tooth and roots. The procedure went smoothly and I appreciated receiving a follow up call to check on my status. Best of all, I was doing so much better even later the same day of the procedure.

- Tracy H

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Patient Review By Vicki A

My dentist found I needed a root canal. They called while I sat in the chair and got me in immediately! I was walked there from Dr. Robinsons and welcomed by all. The doctor and her assistant were so caring and explained to me what they would be doing. They were kind, they were gentle. There was no pain and no need to worry. I am so thankful and would highly recommend!

- Vicki A

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Patient Review By Erin D

Would have liked a little more desciption of the procedure as it was going along. Overall painless procedure, the nitrous gas helped a lot with anxiety.

- Erin D

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Patient Review By Nancy H

This was my first root canal. It ended up being a three visit process over a year + because of Covid shut downs and my procrastination. I never had any real pain. At the end of the appointment today Dr B explained everything in detail. I might have appreciated a little more explanation through the process, since I have never experienced this before. Sometimes I felt he was not happy with his assistant, but I felt comfortable with the job she did. It was a good experience overall.

- Nancy H

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Patient Review By Ranee P

Wow - what a great office. This was quite the set up, so upscale from the last root canal I had done several years ago. Top of the line equipment, very very friendly and helpful personnel and a top notch dentist. He had to spend extra time to find the 'calcified' canals. Can't ask for much more.

- Ranee P

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Patient Review By Lance A

Great!!

- Lance A

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Patient Review By Rizalina P

Top notch service. Thank You

- Rizalina P

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Patient Review By Chanthou S

No pain during the procedure except a shot of numbness on my gum. Dr. Wu was so responsible and called to check on me. Overall, I recommend to other who need root canal treatment.

- Chanthou S

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