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James A. DiPerna, DMD
Amber M.S. Foronda, DMD
David C. Hay, DMD, MPH
Kara Dragone, DMD, MPH, MS
Nestor Foronda, DMD
RIDC/Fox Chapel Office

(412) 963-1911 | View Map

Warrendale Office

(724) 262-2333 | View Map

Our Procedures

Root Canals

Root Canals

Endodontics (Root Canal Therapy)

(available at our Warrendale Location)

Endodontics is the branch of dentistry that deals with the root and inner pulp of teeth. When the dental tissue is damaged or diseased, endodontic treatment is essential to rescue it.

Our highly trained endodontist, Dr. Nestor Foronda, is an expert in tooth preservation and can help you with:

  • Non-Surgical Root Canals
  • Endodontic Re-Treatment
  • Injured Teeth & Cracked Teeth

Meet Dr. Nestor Foronda

Dr. Foronda has been in private practice providing care in the greater Pittsburgh area since 2006 and is an expert in all facets of endodontics. He stays current with advancements in the field of endodontics and attends seminars and meetings regularly. He is an active member of the American Association of Endodontists, the American Dental Association, and the Spear Study club.

Dr. Foronda is married to Dr. Amber Foronda and reside in the North Hills area of Pittsburgh with their two sons and dogs.

The root canals are tiny pathways that extend from the sensitive inner pulp of your tooth to its tip. They most commonly become infected due to untreated cavities but that is not the only cause. As these passages contain nerve fibers, infection may cause immense discomfort. Quick treatment is critical to relieving pain and restoring full functionality of your teeth.

Root Canal Procedure

By getting root canal treatment you effectively save your tooth and avoid costly restorations such as dental implants. Additionally, if the tooth has been darkened by the inner infection, root canal procedure can often improve the appearance.

Modern root canal procedure has greatly improved in terms of comfort - with today's advanced pain killers and techniques, it is often painless. You may find yourself pleasantly surprised by how comfortable and straightforward the entire process is.


After administering anesthesia to the region of interest, Dr. Foronda will create a small opening in the surface of your tooth. Next, the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and filled with a temporary material to provide relief from pain. Medication will also be administered to ensure that discomfort is eased as much as possible.

A final filling, such as those used to fix cavities, is applied to the surface of the tooth. In many cases, a crown is placed instead of a filling to provide more structural support for the tooth.

Most often, both the diagnostic exam and the root canal procedure can be completed in one office visit.