Benefits Of Root Canal Therapy

There are three main reasons why root canal therapy is good for your oral health.

Root Canals

At Green Tree Dental, we provide gentle root canals to relieve your discomfort, get rid of the infection, and save your tooth. Many patients are concerned that root canal treatment will be painful, but the fact is it’s a common procedure that’s as routine as getting a filling. Don’t let the myths floating around about root canals scare you away from taking care of your wellbeing. Our team can get your dental health back to great condition!

Why Root Canal Therapy?

Root canal therapy, also known as endodontic treatment, is a dental procedure performed to treat problems with the innermost part of the tooth called the pulp. The pulp contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues. When the pulp becomes infected or damaged, root canal therapy may be necessary. Here are some common reasons why root canal therapy is performed

Dental Decay

Untreated dental cavities can progress deep into the tooth, reaching the pulp. The bacteria in the decayed area can cause infection and inflammation, resulting in pain and sensitivity. Root canal therapy is performed to remove the infected pulp and save the tooth from extraction.

Dental Trauma

Accidents or injuries to the tooth can lead to fractures or cracks that extend into the pulp. Bacterial entry into the pulp can cause infection and inflammation, necessitating root canal therapy.

Deep Dental Fillings

Large or deep fillings that are placed close to the pulp can irritate and inflame the pulp tissue. If the inflammation persists or progresses, root canal therapy may be needed to alleviate pain and save the tooth.

Dental Abscess

An abscess is a pus-filled swelling that forms at the root of a tooth. It is usually caused by an untreated infection in the pulp. Root canal therapy is often required to remove the infection and prevent its spread to the surrounding tissues.

Tooth Fracture

Severe fractures in a tooth can expose the pulp to bacteria, leading to infection and inflammation. In such cases, root canal therapy is performed to remove the damaged pulp and restore the tooth's function.

Tooth Discoloration

In some cases, a tooth may become severely discolored or darkened due to trauma or certain medications. Root canal therapy can be performed to remove the damaged pulp, which can help improve the tooth's appearance.

Reasons for Root Canal Therapy

Nobody wants to get the news that they need a root canal. But if you do need one, it’s for good reason. When you don’t take care of a tooth infection, it can spread into your gums and your jawbone (not to mention the infection can also be extremely painful). Eventually, it can get so bad that the only solution left is a tooth extraction.

If you start to have a toothache, feel temperature sensitivity, notice changes in your gums (swelling, tenderness, bleeding, etc.), or see that your tooth has become darker or gray, please come to see us so we can determine if you need root canal therapy. Infection can start from a deep cavity, a crack or chip, large fillings, dental trauma, or repeated dental procedures.

What Is the Cost of a Root Canal?

The cost of root canals varies depending on which tooth is being treated, what type of restoration is used, and, of course, whether or not you are using insurance. For example, a root canal on a front tooth is the not the same price as a root canal on a back molar. Similarly, getting a porcelain and metal crown doesn’t cost the same as an all-porcelain crown. Once we’ve brought you in for an endodontic consultation and examined your case, we are happy to give you a cost estimate.

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Meet Our Doctors

Rest assured that your oral health is in good hands with a team that has undergone extensive training and education to provide the best care possible.

Dr. Art Laos


I graduated from Stanford University in 1980; the same year my wife of 41 years and I were married. In 1984, I graduated from USC Dental School and started my dental practice until selling the practice and retiring in 2020.

Dr. Hayden Hess


Dr. Hayden Hess is an Idaho native and second generation dentist. He attended Brigham Young University for his undergraduate studies and went on to receive his Master of Science degree (MS) in biomedical science from the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC).

Dr. Chad Hess


Dr. Chad Hess graduated from Creighton University in 1989. He began his Dental implant training while in dental school. He has now been placing dental implant for the last 34 years.

Why Our Patient’s Love Us

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I felt super comfortable and very welcomed my first time going in.

Kimberly A1 Lewis

First and foremost, Dr. Laos is an artist of the highest degree. I’m scheduled to get new crowns to improve my smile and he’s not only looked at the color but the shape each tooth should be and so much more. I’ve never felt so confident in a cosmetic/plastic surgeon/dentist and I’ve seen too many to count here in Boise and the DC area. If you’re contemplating doing anything cosmetic with your smile, he and his team are the ones to trust.

Patricia Lazzaro

Efficient and experienced! So glad I’m signed up with them. I totally recommend this professional dental office!

Tamara Simon MD

The dental hygienist Zoey was super nice and very personable, and did a great job with my cleaning

Two Dogs82

I’m a 34-year patient of this practice which is with its third owner. I’ve stayed because the level of care is outstanding from admin to hygienists to dentists. I value Dr. Laos’ approach and his skills. Highly recommend you consider Green Tree!

MTurrini “MMT” Turrini

Friendly staff. I had Zoe as the hygienist and she was fantastic. Dr. Hess...knowledgeable, friendly. Insurance handled easily.

Justin Paul

I don’t write reviews often, but these guys went above and beyond. Dentists are notorious for trying to squeeze money out of you. This is not the case with this company. Everyone from the front desk ladies, to the wonderful lady who cleaned teeth, to the dentist were all very polite, kind, and professional. They all demonstrated an incredible level of knowledge in their trades and engaged in conversation. They cleaned and checked my teeth in a timely manner, and I left without them saying I needed to do a million things to my teeth. I keep my teeth in good condition, and left without any fillings needed to be done. These guys are awesome and perhaps more importantly honest, which is so hard to find these days. Thank you guys. You guys have my loyalty and trust.

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Clean, professional, gentle and very detail oriented. Dr. Laos is excellent at his craft of cosmetic dentistry!

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