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Root Canal

Tooth pain can be excruciating, leaving you unable to perform even the simplest daily activities.

Our team in Bismarck, ND, offers state-of-the-art root canal treatments to quickly end pain and save teeth from potential extraction.

Dr. Heringer can use advanced laser dentistry to give you the most comfortable, effective root canal treatment possible.

What Causes a Tooth Infection?

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An infection can occur when dental decay, often caused by poor oral hygiene, goes undetected or untreated. The bacteria that cause dental decay can lead to cavities and spread deeper into your tooth, eventually infecting the soft pulp in the innermost layer. This area also contains blood vessels and your dental nerves, which extend down to the roots of your tooth along the root canals.

Why Is Root Canal Treatment So Important?

Untreated dental infections carry the risk of critically affecting your overall health. If you are suffering from an infected tooth, it is vital to receive root canal treatment as soon as possible. Addressing this condition early can remove bacteria before it spreads to the rest of your teeth or to your gums. Early, effective treatment can also prevent a serious, or even life-threatening, infection in your jawbone.

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Dena Kemmet


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They say you can tell a lot about a person’s character by how they treat others. Dr. Heringer is so kind and complimentary to his staff, it made me feel good just listening to them interact. Dr. Heringer and his entire staff are highly focused on the patient from the minute you walk into the reception area until you are walking out the door. I’ve never had a more positive experience in a dental chair!

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kristie Wolff


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I first came to Dr Heringer’s office after not going to the dentist for many years because of a horrible experience with another dentist. I was super anxious my first visit, to the point of being in tears. Dr Heringer and his staff were amazing and very understanding of my situation. They made sure I was comfortable and with each visit I became more comfortable. I am so thankful for Dr Heringer and his staff.

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Pioneering Advanced Laser Dentistry in the Bismarck, ND, Area

As the first dentist to practice advanced laser dentistry in Bismarck, Dr. Heringer has extensive experience using these state-of-the-art tools to perform root canals. Here are some of the reasons why laser dentistry can make your root canal more comfortable and effective:

Highly successful technology

Our Bismarck, ND, practice utilizes the BIOLASE WaterLase® laser, a diode laser, and a Giromatic® handpiece, ultramodern tools designed for the most delicate, intricate treatments that dentists and endodontists provide. Laser implements are incredibly accurate and more effective than traditional dental drills at clearing out all infected material from a tooth, significantly decreasing the risk of further infection.

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Low-stress experience

Many patients worry that a root canal will be painful and stressful, causing them to delay treatment or avoid it completely. With a numbing anesthetic and our gentle, precise laser technology, your root canal will be a virtually pain-free procedure. The our laser implements are is quiet and stable, eliminating the unpleasant noise and vibration commonly associated with root canals.

Quick recovery

While the laser works to eliminate infected pulp, it simultaneously soothes the tooth and gums with cool streams of water and air, ensuring the area is well hydrated and less prone to inflammation. Patients who receive a laser-assisted root canal can typically expect to be free of all discomfort in just a few days after treatment.

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What Happens During a Root Canal?

Most people are familiar with the term "root canal," but not everyone understands how this dental procedure actually works. During a root canal, your dentist or endodontist will remove the diseased pulp from your tooth, sanitize and seal the area with an inert substance, and place a custom dental crown to protect the tooth and restore normal function. Choosing a root canal can prevent further infection and save your tooth from extraction. Learn what our Bismarck, ND, patients can expect during their root canal procedure:


Your dentist will first determine whether a root canal is the right treatment for you. Some patients require extraction in cases of severe infection. If your affected tooth is not able to be saved, we can work with you to create a custom implant-supported restoration, which will look and feel just like a natural tooth. 

Ensure your comfort

We prioritize patient comfort during every root canal treatment. Your practitioner will carefully numb the treatment area with a local anesthetic. If you are feeling especially anxious about your root canal, we can offer sedation to ensure you feel at ease while in our care.

Access the pulp

A small opening will be created in the crown of your tooth to provide access to the pulp. 

Clear infection 

Your dentist will work through this opening to thoroughly remove the infected nerves, blood vessels, and pulp from the inner chamber of the tooth.

Cleaning and filling

Once the infected material has been removed, your dentist will sterilize the chamber and seal it with gutta percha, a natural, rubber-like material that serves as the industry-standard choice for root canal treatments.

Crown placement

In many cases, we can place a permanent crown restoration immediately after a root canal. If your restoration requires extra time to create, we can provide a temporary crown to protect your tooth while it heals.


The healing period after a root canal is generally mild. Any discomfort can likely be treated with over-the-counter medication. After just a few days, you should be able to eat, drink, and speak with full freedom and comfort. 

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Cody Griess


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Great service and people here with expert knowledge. I highly recommend Heringer if you want the absolute best care. Thanks Dr. Heringer, and Chantal!

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Beth Walch


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I am glad to have found Heringer dentistry when I move to Bismarck two years ago. They are kind, gentle, professional and really care about the health of my mouth.

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Dr. Everett E. Heringer

Everett E. Heringer, DDS

Dr. Heringer is dedicated to dental excellence and is a member of several prestigious organizations, including:

  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • World Clinical Laser Institute
  • North Dakota Dental Association
  • SPEAR Dental Education
  • SPEAR Study Club Leader

To schedule your consultation, contact us online or call us at (701) 255-4850.

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