A model of the teeth that shows the root canals

Root Canal

When tooth decay spreads deep into the roots, it can cause an infection and put your oral health at risk

A root canal eliminates the source of the infection with the goal of relieving pain and preserving your natural tooth.

Learn more about how our team at Dental Works, serving Scottsdale and Phoenix, AZ, can help you feel better today...

Root Canal Treatment Provides Many Benefits 

Pain Relief

The pain from a root canal infection can keep you up at night and make it difficult to eat or focus on your daily activities. Root canal treatment eliminates discomfort by removing bacteria and infected pulp and nerve tissue.

Preserve the Tooth

A root canal can restore the form and function of your natural tooth. When possible, it is always preferred to preserve a tooth rather than extract it. An extracted tooth will need to be replaced with a dental implant or another restoration, which is more complex and expensive compared to a root canal.

Conservative Treatment

While root canal therapy has a reputation of being painful, it is actually a conservative treatment; many patients find that is feels similar to getting a filling. Our dentists only use the most advanced technology, x-rays, and techniques and continually stay on top of continuing education to refine their skills.

Restore Oral Health

Tooth decay or infection puts the rest of your oral health at risk. Bacteria can quickly spread to surrounding teeth and gums and create more widespread dental problems, such as advanced periodontal disease. By undergoing a root canal now, you can avoid costly treatment in the future.

How the Infection Progresses

An illustration that details how root canal therapy works An illustration that details how root canal therapy works

Are You Experiencing Any of These Signs? You May Need a Root Canal

  • Toothache

  • Dental sensitivity to hot or cold

  • Tooth discoloration

  • Swollen gums

  • Chronic bad breath

  • Abscess on the gums

Your Comfort Is Our Top Priority Sedation Options Are Available

A root canal may sound scary, but it's actually one of the most commonly performed dental procedures. Under a highly trained dentist such as Dr. Terry Lee Work and Dr. Mary Ann Work, root canal treatment is virtually painless. For those who are nervous about their root canal, we offer different sedation options to ensure your comfort at all times. This allows patients to sit back in the chair, relax, and have little to no recollection of the procedure, depending on which sedation method is selected. We strive to create a welcoming environment that helps patients feel at ease at all times during their visits with us.

Get the Relief You Need Request an Appointment Today

Are you tired of dealing with a stubborn toothache or other painful dental symptoms? You may be in need of a root canal. Our highly-trained dentists can provide you with immediate relief to eliminate your symptoms and protect your oral health from future damage.

We are proud to provide all of our patients with access to high quality dental care in a welcoming environment. To help make the appointment more enjoyable, patients can choose to listen to music or they can watch TVs in the ceiling.

To request a consultation or learn more about root canal therapy, call our office serving Scottsdale and Phoenix at:

(480) 391-0099

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"Their Staff Is Extremely Caring and Sensitive to Your Needs" 5-Star Reviews


Nathan Woelke


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I've had some bad experiences in the past getting dental work done. It was recommended from a wife's co worker that I give Dental Works a try, and I'm glad I did. I've started the work needed in my mouth, and my experiences have been amazing. The staff is incredibly interested in putting any anxiety that you have at ease, and they are really good at making sure you are comfortable throughout your process. I would highly recommend them to anyone who gets nervous about getting dental work done.

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Dental Works Family Dentistry is by far the BEST dentistry in all of Arizona. They provide exceptional care, offer a full range of services including general and specialized dental procedures saving you time and money, and utilize the most up to date advanced technologies. Their staff is extremely caring and sensitive to your needs. I can't say enough positive accolades about Dr. Terry and Dr. Mary Ann Works. I've had extensive dental work done from a variety of dentists, and they are the BEST!

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What to Expect during Treatment


Our dentists evaluate your teeth with x-rays to determine if a root canal is the best course of treatment. In some cases, we may use a CT machine to help identify the pulp chamber and canals to plan a precise and painless procedure. If the damage is too extensive for a root canal, our dentists will inform you of your options.


Local anesthesia is administered to the treatment area to ensure your comfort. Our dentists will also administer any selected sedation options during this time.

Access Point

Our dentist will carefully create an opening in the tooth, acting as an access point to reach the pulp chamber and canals.


All of the inflamed or infected tissue, nerves, and blood vessels are removed from the pulp.


After the tissue is removed, the inside of the tooth is cleaned and disinfected.


The tooth is filled with a rubber-like dental material and is sealed to prevent food or bacteria from entering.


If needed, a dental crown will be placed at a follow-up appointment after you have healed from the root canal.

How the Procedure Is Performed Watch This Video Animation

Don't Delay Care The Importance of Root Canal Treatment

Did you know that the majority of dental problems start off as a seemingly harmless cavity? While it may not seem like a big deal at the time, an untreated cavity can eventually infect the soft tissues, or pulp, that reside in the root canals. The pulp contains tissue, blood vessels, and nerves. When the pulp becomes inflamed or infected, treatment is required to save the tooth. If these signs are ignored and the infection persists, more serious oral health issues can develop, such as the need for tooth extraction.

"They Made Me Feel Like I Was Part of Their Family"


Anne Cornelius


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It's easy to give this dental office 5 stars. I have been a patient for several years now and recommend them highly. Everyone is friendly and makes me feel extremely comfortable and relaxed. The good-natured humor is an added bonus.

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James Hays


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I have never been this comfortable at Any dentist

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What Is the Cost of Root Canal Treatment? Financing Options Are Available 

Cost Factors

The price of a root canal depends on a few factors, such as which tooth was treated and how many canals are located within the tooth. For example, the back teeth, also known as the maxillary molars, contain three roots. Other teeth only have one root. Here at our Scottsdale dental office, root canal therapy ranges from $929 to $1296 per tooth. We'll be able to give you an accurate estimate during your consultation with us.

Financing Options

We understand that it may be difficult to work the unexpected cost of root canal treatment into your budget. That is why we accept CareCredit®, a third-party financing company that splits costs into monthly payment plans. This gives patients greater flexibility and the time they need to pay for treatment. If you have any questions about the process and how it works, our staff is happy to help.

What Happens After a Root Canal?

After receiving a root canal, your tooth may need an extra layer of reinforcement to protect it from damage. Patients will undergo a two-step dental procedure in which they are fitted for a custom made crown. A crown protects the treated tooth's structure, allowing it to withstand tremendous force so you can eat and chew like normal. Without a crown, a tooth that has been treated with a root canal is vulnerable to cracking or other forms of damage. Once your custom crown has been fabricated, you will return to our Scottsdale office to have it placed.

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Drs. Terry Lee Work and Mary Ann Work are highly qualified to care for your family's smiles: 

  • Affiliated with ICOI and the American Dental Association
  • Sedation dentistry for improved comfort and accommodation of special needs
  • Affordable treatment with CareCredit® financing
  • Comprehensive dental care for patients of all ages

To schedule your consultation, contact us online or call us at (480) 391-0099.

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