Root Canals in San Antonio

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.

To find out how you could benefit from a root canal treatment or to make an appointment, please use our Contact Us form or call our office: Blanco Office Phone Number 210-341-8281 (Blanco and Westover Hills). Please also refer to our Patient Testimonials below.

Why a Root Canal? | Stages of a Root Canal | After a Root Canal | Root Canal Cost | Patient Reviews


Why do I need a root canal?


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.

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. Please call us if you have questions: Blanco Office Phone Number 210-341-8281.

Stages of a Root Canal

Root Canal illustration: Healthy tooth roots and crowns in a lower jaw
Healthy Tooth
Root Canal illustration: A tooth anatomy diagram, highlighting pulp dentin and canal in a lower tooth
Tooth Anatomy
Root Canal illustration: Inflamed pulp and tooth decay for a lower molar tooth
Inflammation
Root Canal illustration: Lower molar tooth with its canals cleaned and an opening in the crown
Cleaned Canals
Root Canal illustration: Root canal filling of a tooth and temporary crown filling for a lower molar
Filling Placed
Root Canal illustration: Example of a lower molar 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: Blanco Office Phone Number 210-341-8281 (Blanco and Westover Hills). To prevent further decay, continue to practice good dental hygiene.

How much will it cost?

The cost associated with a 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: Root Canals

Read testimonials from our patients in their own words! Please visit the Patient Review Form page to leave a review about your root canal experience with this practice. Call our office if you would like more information: Blanco Office Phone Number 210-341-8281.

San Antonio Endodontics

5 out of 5 stars based on 39 Root Canal Therapy reviews.

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Dr. Cloutier and Valerie were great. They were very caring and worked hard to make sure that my root canal was pain free.

- Catherine C

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By far the least unpleasant experience I have ever had for anything being done at a dentist office. I had a root canal and based on previous experience I was expecting the worst and everything I experienced that day was as wonderful a dental experience as I could imagine having at a dental office. I didn't have to wait before being taken back even though once I was in the back they seemed to be busy with a lot of patients, the procedure was much quicker then previous experiences, even the numbing shots didn't seem to hurt as much. Usually after the dentist even my neck/head hurts from being in an awkward position or having my mouth open for a long time but I was fine. My experience on 11/4/2019 for my root canal bothered me less then an average cavity filling, and everyone was nice, professional, and did they're job. I would definitely recommend anyone needing a root canal to go there. I saw Dr. James Ball. The only more pleasant experience I have endured at a dentist office had nothing to do with dentistry, you can infer what you want but i was about 11 years old.

- Francisco Z

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Dr. Cloutier, Valerie and the front office staff were extremely professional during my visit yesterday. I had a throbbing toothache, they fit me in their schedule and completed root canal therapy in the same day! Dr. Cloutier has an exceptional bedside manner. Once the numbness went away, I was pain free! I will definitely return if I ever need their services again. Highly recommend!

- Beth B

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Dr Ball and his staff provided me with superior care in a professional environment. He was able to complete the whole procedure in 1 visit. I highly recommend Dr Ball for any endodontic procedure, and will be referring all my family and friends to Dr Ball.

- Issa S

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Dr. Sun, Valerie and Eunice were courteous, professional and demonstrated excellent customer service. My root canal experience excellent

- Cesar C

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Dr. Cloudier and his staff were very gentle and caring to this very anxious 81 year old! I had a root canal, they numbed the area and I didn’t feel any discomfort whatsoever!! If need be I would use them again and I highly recommend this practice!! God bless you all for your kindness Carmen Classy

- Carmen C

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08/06/2019 My family dentist referred me to San Antonio Endodontics for a root canal treatment. The whole front office and as well as the nurses (dental tech) are very friendly and professional. Dr Cloutier was the individual that taking care of my treatment together with the 2 dental tech ( Venessa & Valerie). Their bedside manner were excellent as well as their demeanor. They explained thoroughly what the procedures that need to be done, that really put me at ease. Country music playing on the background and Dr Cloutier starts to work on the treatment, he and the dental tech works very well ( it is a very good team work). The whole procedures took a total of approximately 90 minutes, and we were done. The therapy is done and I am a happy camper. And lastly, I would like to thanks Dr Cloutier and the dental tech Venessa and Valerie for their attentive professional service. Mucho, mucho, Gracias! hasta luego!

- Benny L

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Very professional, clean and friendly environment. The minute we arrived staff took care of us from A to Z. I definitely recommend Dr Ball. He was very much engaging , informative about what was happening in the tooth as he was doing a root canal.

- Hurrem N

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I had a lot of questions and was anxious. Everything was patiently explained in detail. Dr. Ball and Esmeralda were great! Very pleased with my procedure and would highly recommend.

- Sally C

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Very refreshing to experience such an efficient running office as this. Staff was fully prepared for my arrival, enrollment/registration, prep work for exam, and checking-out/billing/submitting prescription. This place is well-run. It was clear they recognized the importance of my time as none was wasted.

- Mark N

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Excellent care

- Les J

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Best experience ever. Will totally recommend to friends and fam.

- Susan O

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My 11 year old daughter had to have 3 root canals. Dr Ball and the entire staff was WONDERFUL!! They always made sure she was comfortable and aware of what was being done. She was never scared to go back for next visit. Would 100% refer him to all my friends & family.

- Tina G

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Wonderful people! Exceptional service! They went above and beyond what I expected! The staff made me feel very relaxed and confident I would be taken care of. If I ever need another Endodontics procedure ,such as a root canal ,Dr. Cloutier will be my choice . Amazing dentist! Amazing person! Thanks again to all of you! Ken Philips

- Kenneth P

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I was in extreme pain and called to ask if I could move up my appointment. They told me to come in as soon as I could. They got me in to take away my pain and I couldn't be more grateful. Dr. Ball and every staff member I interacted with were so wonderful to me. No one likes to go, but if you have to go, these are the kind of people you want taking care of you.

- Summer L

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Today i went in for a Root canal, and I must admit I was very nervous due to past experiences with other dentist/Endo. Not only was the office extremely clean, the receptionist along with everyone there was so nice and welcoming . Dr. James Ball was so kind and gentle, he made sure that he explained everything and that I was comfortable; along with his assistant. From the shots all the way to the actual procedure, not once did I feel any discomfort, to the point that I feel asleep and was snoring during the procedure WITHOUT ANY sedation; I was so amazed that I went right back to work and gave out his cards. For the first time ever, I left the Dentist with a big smile. I will recommend this office, and Dr. Ball to any and everybody. He is the absolute best I've ever encountered!!!

- Shelly J

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To be honest, I was extremely nervous about getting a root canal. Dr. Ball and Cassy were fantastic and put me at ease. The procedure was over quickly and was completely painless.

- Johnny H

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I have to start this review with the acknowledgement that I am terrified of the dentist. Almost 50 years old and walking into the dentist office scares me. Here is as simple as it gets...If you need a root canal...you need to go to Dr David Cloutier!!! The entire staff treated me with dignity and respect. Every part of the treatment was explained in-depth and most of all it hurt less than a cleaning. I would highly recommend this clinic for all patients needing endodontic care.

- John T

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Dr. Ball and his assistants saved my tooth and my smile. I am so grateful for their expertise, calming my nerves and making sure the procedure was pain free. The results were phenomenal! The entire staff at this office was friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating. I would absolutely recommend this place to friends and family.

- Ariel F

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Dr Cloutier and staff were so kind and compassionate. Dr Coutier went the extra steps to make sure my visit was pain free. I was totally expecting to have a sore jaw from the shots and having my mouth open for an hour, but nothing. I've had to have a great deal of dental work done over the years and this was by far my best experience. Thank you Dr Coutier and Emily.

- Connie H

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