Saving Your Smile with Root Canal Therapy

Despite rumors to the contrary, root canal therapy is a safe, comfortable, and crucial dental treatment. For many, this procedure is the best chance for saving a tooth and preserving the health and stability of the smile. Today, we’re discussing the benefits of this procedure. We will also look at a recent course your Rochester MN dentist, Dr. Kara Heimer, attended on endodontic treatment.

Expert Care

At Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, your Rochester MN dentist believes in staying on top of the latest advances in dental treatment with continuing education. In May, Dr. Heimer attended a two-day course on endodontic treatment with Dr. Cliff Ruddle. Skilled in root canal treatment, Dr. Ruddle has been offering hands-on courses to dental professionals since 1983. Dr. Heimer was honored to attend one of the final courses Dr. Ruddle conducted before his retirement. Dr. Heimer is proud to use the skills and knowledge she obtained to help patients enjoy healthy smiles free of infection.

When Do I Need a Root Canal?

We recommend this treatment when a tooth has become infected or abscessed. This helps prevent the need for extraction and stops the spread of infection. Symptoms to watch for include:

  • Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
  • Toothaches
  • Discomfort when chewing or speaking
  • Fever
  • Foul tasting discharge

If any of these symptoms sound familiar, we recommend you schedule a consultation right away.

Receiving Endodontic Care

First, we will assess your need for treatment with a thorough examination. Then, we will apply a local anesthetic and open the tooth. Dr. Heimer or Dr. Calcagno will remove the infected tissue from the tooth. A special filling material will be added to the teeth and a dental crown placed. The tooth will then look and function as it did prior to the infection.


Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry offer expert services including teeth whitening, Six Month Smiles, root canals, pediatric dentistry, and same day crowns in Rochester MN. To schedule a consultation, please call (507) 218-8936. Dr. Gilly Calcagno and Dr. Kara Heimer welcome and serve patients from Rochester, Red Wing, St. Charles, Winona, Farmington, Austin, and the surrounding communities.