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Root Canal

An infected tooth can cause significant discomfort, and if left untreated, can damage your tooth and oral health. 

Fortunately, a root canal at Whiteman Dental Associates in Brookline, MA, is a virtually painless procedure that can treat advanced decay.

Dr. Daniel Whiteman has over 20 years of experience. Find out how he can eliminate pain and restore your smile.

Root Canals Can Prevent the Need for an Extraction

Large cavities and cracks in the teeth can allow bacteria to enter the root canals, where the pulp, or soft inner tissues, reside. For many patients, root canal treatment can remove decay and preserve the healthy outer tooth structure.

A root canal at Whiteman Dental Associates can prevent the need for tooth extraction by removing the infected tissues in the root canals and filling the space with durable dental material. To fully restore the tooth, a natural-looking dental crown is typically placed as well.

X-Ray of Irritated Tooth

Why Choose Dr. Whiteman? Advanced Techniques to Ensure Your Comfort

Dr. Whiteman understands that undergoing dental treatment can be daunting. However, with advances in dental technology, a dentist can provide patients with quick and comfortable root canal treatment. At our practice serving Brookline and Boston, MA, we are committed to offering a range of options to ensure a virtually pain-free root canal.

Local Anesthetic

Before performing a root canal, a local anesthetic is carefully applied to numb the teeth and the gum tissue surrounding the pulp. In addition to this common and routinely used anesthetic, our dentist can administer other types of sedation to ensure optimum comfort.


A periodontal ligament injection (PLI) involves the dentist administering an anesthetic directly at the point where the tooth and gums meet. It's a great option for patients that are unresponsive to traditional anesthetic or prefer that numbness is focused on a targeted area rather than the whole mouth. 

Intraosseous Anesthetic

An intraosseous anesthetic is a numbing agent delivered directly into your jaw. This option is available to patients when other anesthetics fail to sufficiently numb the treatment area prior to the root canal.

Personalized Treatment Plan 

Thanks to our cutting-edge dental techniques, most patients find that root canal treatment is a pain-free experience. If needed, Dr. Whiteman will develop a personalized treatment plan to help you manage any pain following the root canal, ensuring that you are cared for even after you leave our office. 

Paying for the Cost of Root Canal: FAQ

1. ​How Much Does a Root Canal Cost?

When you browse the website of most dentists in Brookline, MA, and the greater Boston area, you won't find any pricing information, even though this is one of the first questions patients have about dental services. We are proud to be upfront and transparent about our pricing. The cost of root canal therapy ranges from $1,300 to $1,600 at our practice.

2. Will Insurance Cover the Cost of a Root Canal?

This is a complicated question because dental insurance benefits vary greatly among dental insurance providers and their various plans. Our team will check the terms of your plan to provide you with an out-of-pocket cost estimate.


In some cases, an insurance plan may cover root canal costs only after you have paid your yearly deductible. For example, if your annual deductible is $1,000, you would be responsible for this fee out-of-pocket; after the deductible is met, the insurance plan may offer full or partial coverage for the remaining root canal costs. It is important to note that the deductible only applies to certain services; typically, you don't need to pay toward your deductible for preventative care, like dental exams, cleanings, and X-rays.

Monthly Premiums

Patients should know that lower monthly insurance premiums result in higher deductibles. If you expect to need more extensive restorative work, you may want to choose a full-coverage plan with a higher monthly cost rather than one that focuses on preventative services but has high deductibles for restorative work. However, there may be a period before full benefits kick in.


Often, your insurance plan may cover a percentage of your root canal treatment after the deductible has been met. In most cases, insurance providers pay 50% to 80% of root canal costs, and the patient is responsible for the remaining costs.

3. What Are My Other Payment Options?

We accept cash, checks, and major credit cards like Visa®, Mastercard®, American Express®, and Discover®. Many patients opt to use a credit card with a zero or low interest rate so they can pay off the cost of this necessary treatment over several months.

"Dr. Whiteman Is an Excellent Dentist" 5-Star Reviews


Gerry C


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I have had the good fortune of having Dr Whiteman and his staff as my number one dentist in Brookline MA for many years now. He has done root canals and crowns, fixed broken teeth, you name it! I trust his work and his advice completely, and all his work has been beyond outstanding! Highly Recommended!!

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Cherille Berman


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Dr Whiteman is an excellent dentist. I trust him as he is conservative in his approach and really takes the time to educate his patients about their choices. Their hygienist is very experienced and did a good job The office is efficiently run so there is no wait time and the staff are friendly and helpful

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Schedule an Appointment Today

If you are experiencing the symptoms of a tooth infection, please contact our dentist today. Our amazing staff provides prompt and efficient service; in addition, access to our Wi-Fi hot spot allows you to stay connected to the internet throughout the entirety of your visit. Dr. Whiteman has been practicing for over 25 years and holds several distinctions:

  • Licensed to practice in the U.S., Canada, and Israel
  • ADA-compliant office 
  • Uses the most up-to-date materials and techniques

Our dentist's office is in T-accessible locations for patients in Brookline and Boston, MA, that utilize public transportation.

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Dr. Whiteman performing treatment on a patient at Whiteman Dental Associates

Root Canal Therapy: The Basics

Watch this video to see what happens during the root canal procedure.

What to Expect Step-by-Step

Our advanced technology allows the dentist to craft a custom, same-day crown while you wait.
Our advanced technology allows the dentist to craft a custom, same-day crown while you wait.

Numb the Area

Before the dentist performs the root canal, your affected tooth and the surrounding area will be carefully numbed. Once the effects of the local anesthetic set in, you should not feel any pain or discomfort for the remainder of the procedure.

Create Opening

An opening is made on the surface of the tooth to access the inner pulp chamber, which contains nerve endings and blood vessels.

Clear Infection

Through this access point, the dentist can extract bacteria and pulp tissues. Dr. Whiteman also uses cutting-edge Waterlase® technology to sterilize the teeth and prevent reinfection.

Seal Tooth

The empty pulp chamber is filled with an inert rubber-like substance, and the tooth is sealed closed.

Place the Crown

Finally, the remaining healthy outer portions of the tooth will be reshaped to accommodate a custom dental crown. Our advanced imaging and milling system allows our dentist to craft a custom, same-day crown while you wait, giving you quick, high-quality results.

"I Recommend Dr. Whiteman Without Hesitation!" More 5-Star Reviews


Meghan Guidry


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Dr. Whiteman and the team are phenomenal!...Over the past 2+ years, they've seen me through three crowns, numerous fillings, two root canals, and a completely re-imagined care plan...I've had no new cavities, and only had to do repairs on 10+ year old implants (two fillings and a crown that had worn through). I can't recommend this practice and the people who make it possible enough! They even got me to start flossing regularly, which is probably the highest compliment I've ever given a dental experience ever.

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Fern James


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I have been to many dental practices over decades of years and I can say Dr. Whiteman and his staff are unequivocally the best! From routine fillings, root canals, and crowns to implants, I have had excellent experiences and outcomes. Dr. Whiteman is highly skilled and attentive. Karen, the office manager, is personable and kind. I recommend Dr. Whiteman without hesitation!

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Same-Day Restoration and Beautiful Custom Crowns 

At Whiteman Dental Associates, we are proud to provide the Boston and Brookline, MA, region with superior quality dentistry and technology. In addition to expert, comfortable root canal therapy, Dr. Whiteman offers custom restorations. Our dental crowns are made using our on-site CEREC® imaging and milling system. This advanced, trusted technology fabricates custom crowns within an hour so you don't have to return to our dental office for a second visit. While same-day crowns are not the best solution for every patient, trust that our experienced dentist will ultimately provide you with natural-looking, long-lasting results.

CEREC Machine
The CEREC dental imaging and milling system

Our Crowns Are Indistinguishable from Natural Teeth

Before Root Canal
After Root Canal

Contact Our Practice

If you are experiencing dental pain, come to our office so we can check the health of your teeth, gums, and other oral structures. You can contact us online to ask a question or request a consultation. You can also reach us by phone:

(617) 731-4746

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Absolutely love this office  Karen and Dr. Whiteman and staff are
Very professional. Office clean, state of the art equipment and great hands!

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John Anderson


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I drive 150 miles to have Dr. Whiteman care for my teeth. Dr. Whiteman and his staff are by every measure the best you can get for dental care.

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Root Canal FAQ

How Successful Are Root Canals?

The majority of root canals are successful in eliminating the infection, removing the decayed pulp, and saving the natural tooth. The International Endodontic Journal reports a 95% success rate associated with root canal treatment. Of course, it is important to have an experienced dentist or endodontist perform the procedure. We are highly trusted in this field in the Boston and Brookline area, providing successful root canals to our patients since 2003.

What Are the Risks?

Root canal treatment comes with some risks. However, the chance of complications is extremely low. In fact, you face more severe risks and damage to your oral health if you choose not to undergo a root canal. Pain, bacterial spread from the pulp, development of abscesses in the jaw, and in some cases, life-threatening infections are risks of forgoing a root canal.

Are Root Canals Expensive?

In many cases, root canal treatment is the most cost-effective way to repair damaged teeth. Alternatives such as tooth extraction and dental implants can be more expensive. Whiteman Dental Associates accepts all major insurances to help alleviate the cost of a root canal. Our office serving Brookline and Boston, MA, office also accepts cash, credit card, and checks. We provide you with accurate cost information and work to accommodate your needs.

What Are the Benefits of Treatment?

There are many benefits of undergoing root canal therapy. Most importantly, the dentist should be able to save your natural tooth without extraction and a costly implant. After a root canal, your pain and sensitivity around the cavity or infected pulp area should subside almost immediately. Root canal therapy is a fast procedure, and oftentimes, no follow-up visit is required. 

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Whiteman Dental Associates Daniel M. Whiteman, DMD

Dr. Daniel Whiteman is dedicated to providing exceptional care at his Brookline, MA, practice

  • Licensed to practice in the U.S., Canada, and Israel
  • Over 20 years in practice
  • Uses state-of-the-art technology
  • ADA-compliant office
  • General, cosmetic, and restorative treatments
  • Patient-oriented approach
  • Implant and CEREC (same day crown) dentistry
  • Laser dentistry including gum contouring and fibroma removal

To schedule your consultation, contact us online or call us at (617) 731-4746.

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