Root Canal Therapy San Diego


If you have severe tooth pain, lingering temperature sensitivity in your teeth, or other signs of tooth infection, you may need a root canal. As scary as that may sound, a root canal is actually a simple procedure that most people find surprisingly easy and anticlimactic. Here’s what you need to know:

The cost of a root canal will depend on several different factors, including the location of the infected tooth, the scope of the treatment, and whether or not you have dental insurance; whether you need dental sedation, X-rays, or any other additional procedures.

At the dental office of Dr. Pegah Salami, we pride ourselves on offering affordable dental services in Rancho Bernardo, and we offer root canals from $650 to $1250. Dr. Salami will be able to give you a clearer idea of what you can expect to pay for your root canal when you come in for your consultation. Be sure to let us know whether you have dental insurance. We’re happy to call your provider to inquire about root canal coverage on your behalf.

Delaying a root canal procedure can cause even more discomfort and spreading the infection


Root canal costs from $650 to $1,250

Scaling and Root planing $195 to $225 per quadrant

What is a root canal?

  • A root canal is a treatment that eliminates bacteria from a damaged or diseased tooth. Root canal therapy involves the removal of the tooth’s soft inner tissue, known as the pulp. Damaged or diseased pulp will start to deteriorate and decay, leading to infection and other serious complications. The blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissues in the pulp are important for the tooth’s development, but a fully developed tooth can survive without it.
  • When you come in for your root canal procedure, Dr. Salami will carefully clean the infected pulp out of the canal, removing all tissue and eliminating all bacteria from the pulp chamber before filling it with a rubbery material and sealing it off to prevent new bacteria from entering. She will then place a dental crown on top to help preserve the tooth structure and allow you to continue to eat the foods you love – pain free!
Diagram of tooth anatomy

Laser root canal treatment for a toothache

A laser root canal treatment involves the use of a laser drill to access the pulp chamber and a soft-tissue laser to sterilize the inner structures of the tooth, some of which can be difficult to reach with traditional methods. Laser-assisted root canal therapy can also minimize the friction involved with cleaning out the pulp chambers, making for a more precise and comfortable experience.  

Risks of non-treatment

If you have an infected tooth, a root canal is the best option for treating the infection and preserving the tooth.  Tooth extraction is another option, but Dr. Salami prefers to always save as many of your natural teeth as possible. It’s important to understand that the infected pulp will not heal on its own. Tooth pain will likely get worse if left untreated. If the pain does go away, it probably means the infection has killed the nerves in your tooth, but the infection still remains. If the tooth is not extracted or the pulp removed, the consequences can be severe.  The infection will spread from the tooth to the gums and the jawbone, potentially resulting in tooth loss or jawbone loss.  As the infection spreads to other parts of the body, you increase the risk of serious complications, including stroke, heart attack, and sepsis. A root canal is a simple procedure that can help optimize not only your oral health but your overall health as well. 

Examining mouth with mirror

Symptoms and signs a root canal might be needed

Root canal therapy becomes necessary when the soft tissue of a tooth becomes infected or inflamed. While pain and infection often go hand in hand, this isn’t always the case. Some people who need a root canal experience no tooth pain, and others who experience tooth pain do not have an infection and do not need a root canal. Every individual is different, and the only way to determine whether or not you need a root canal is to consult with a dentist or endodontist. In general, however, there are some common signs and symptoms that a root canal may be needed, including:

  • Sudden tooth pain
  • Sharp intense pain while chewing
  • Lingering tooth sensitivity to heat or cold
  • Swollen tender gums
  • Dental abscess (pimple on the gums)
  • Puss around the affected tooth
  • Darkening tooth 
  • Darkening gums
  • Facial swelling

The above signs and symptoms will not always point to the need for a root canal, but they all do require the attention of a dentist.  If you experience any of the above symptoms, schedule an appointment with Dr. Salami right away. 



Dr. Salami is among the best root canal dentists San Diego has to offer, so if you’re looking for laser root canal therapy in Rancho Bernardo, Escondido, Poway or Carmel Valley, give us a call at (858) 299-6213 to schedule a consultation today.


Pegah S. Salami, DMD, FAGD IconPegah S. Salami, DMD, FAGD

12396 World Trade Drive #208, San Diego

4.6 157 reviews

  • Avatar Bill Weurding ★★★★★ 2 months ago
    I had a very thorough cleaning on my second visit that was superior to any cleaning I’ve ever had. Instead of the older methods, this was done mostly with a small, vibrating water sprayer that was actually soothing to the gums as it entered … More the pockets around the teeth. I was told it is a more effective way of both removing the bacteria and keeping the pockets from further recession. The skills of Natalie were impressive throughout during my pain-free visit! This my second visit to this office. I had a new crown done on my first visit, all done in less than two hours with state of the art equipment that was unbelievable. I highly recommend this office for great service and results.
  • Avatar Mike Davis ★★★★★ 3 months ago
    I had been recommended to Dr Salami from a friend. I was tired of a Dentist office that seemed like a corporation, different dentists, always up-selling, always in a rush, so I tried Dr Salami's office. After one visit, Dr Salami … More was like visiting a wonderful family. Everyone was pleasant and professional. They spent time cleaning my teeth, not just getting it done. I knew going in I had a tooth that needed a crown, but there was no pressure. The second visit for the crown was painless and a perfect fit. Everyone was a pleasure to meet. My new Dentist for life.
  • Avatar Jill Bondy ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    We have been going to Serenity Dental for 5 years. They take Excellent care of me and my two teenagers. They have a very relaxing office environment and incredibly friendly and competent staff! I am very very pleased!
  • Avatar Katie Fisher ★★★★★ 2 weeks ago
    I had a teeth whitening session recently and it is definitely a quicker way to get your teeth very white instead of doing it on your own at home with Snow, or white strips. This was my first time getting a professional teeth whitening so … More I was a little hesitant but everyone I encountered in the office was very friendly and helped me feel at ease. I only had some discomfort and I was surprised that afterwards I really didn't feel any sensitivity at all. When I use white strips for example- I had sensitivity for DAYS.
    I'd definitely like to keep this up for a whiter smile!