Seeking an Endodontist (Root Canal)

Parent Q&A

Dentist in East Bay for a root canal Nov 9, 2021 (7 responses below)
Root canal with Delta Dental Sep 20, 2021 (3 responses below)
  • Dentist in East Bay for a root canal

    (7 replies)

    Looking for recommendations for a dentist for a root canal in East Bay!

    I have been to Dr. Priya O'Callaghan near Alta Bates. She is excellent and was recommended by my dentist Arlene Terlet.

    really great place and awesome people.

    Endodontist (sp?) Priya O'Callaghan, next to Alta Bates, is the most skilled dentist I have ever encountered at doing root canals.   She's done three or four for me.

    Quick, painless, technically perfect.


  • Root canal with Delta Dental

    (3 replies)

    There is a small chance I will need a root canal in the near future. I have Delta Dental insurance. Can anyone recommend an experienced endodontist or dentist in the area who takes Delta Dental who does this? I live in Berkeley but am willing to travel to get the best care.

    RE: Root canal with Delta Dental ()

    I had an excellent experience with Dr. Carolyn Chong at Berkeley Endodontics ( I've heard their other doctors are excellent, too. They accept Delta.

    RE: Root canal with Delta Dental ()


    I have seen Dr. Cecchini at Berkeley Endodontics on Telegraph and Oregon twice for assessments on cracked teeth. She is very thorough and thoughtful and provides excellent care. Unfortunately, my teeth were too cracked for a root canal, so I can't speak to how she does with that, though if I ever have to get one, I would go to her. I have Delta Dental and the visits were covered.

    Good luck!

    RE: Root canal with Delta Dental ()
    Had my first root canal with Dr Ravendoust in Oakland.  She and the work were first rate. 

Archived Q&A and Reviews

Endodontist for Root Canal for Teen Son

March 2010

Hi - as it turns out, much to our surprise and chagrin, our 14-year- old son needs a root canal under a front tooth. No idea how this happened, but it means we need to find a local endodontist to perform this procedure. We'd like to find someone with expertise in caring for teens, super-competent, with good follow-up if necessary. We're in North Berkeley so Berkeley, Oakland, Piedmont would all be great, and we'll certainly go further if someone is recommended very highly. Thanks for your suggestions

Dr. W. Craig Noblett D.D.S., M.S. 2850 Telegraph Avenue Berkeley, CA 94705-1159 (510) 841-6357

I saw your post and knew I had to respond. Our experience with Craig Noblett was truly positive and memorable! Dr Noblett did a root canal for my daughter at 9 years old. So gentle and kind! perfect professional for a kid. Her first real dental experience besides cleaning, he was wonderful with her. Good luck! bedesign [at]

hi there. i highly recommend dr. Daniel Choi in Pleasant Hill (925-363- 3553). a bit of a drive, but totally worth it in my opinion. not sure of his interactions w/ teens, but i had to have a rather complicated procedure done a year ago, including a bone graft, and he was fabulous. he is very meticulous and precise and i was very happy with the care. i have had no problems since at all, and to boot, i'm also the biggest chicken in the world when it comes to things like this, so i appreciated all the time he took to answer my 30 plus questions before the procedure. good luck in your decision. would use him again!

I can recommend a terrific endodontist, Yass Dalmachi in Lafayette (925-299-0193). She's superb.

I saw her for a root canal a few months ago and she was terrific. I actually enjoyed having her do the procedure! I told her I was anxious and she was very reassuring. She's super attentive to pain control -- I literally did not feel a thing.

I saw her for follow-up care after my dentist put on a crown and I felt pain in the tooth. Both dentists suspected a hidden fracture, but x-rays revealed nothing. Just to be sure, Dr. Dastmalchi repeated the root canal. I had the same good experience, and get this: she did it free of charge!

I actually am disappointed I won't be her patient anymore. I can't recommend her highly enough. Nancy

My 15 year old had a root canal last month, performed by Dr. Carolyn Chong at Berkeley Endodontics. I highly recommend her. My son was quite nervous, and Dr. Chong was very patient and thoroughly explained the procedure during our initial consultation. (They would have done it that day, but were fine with waiting for a second appt. so my son could ''mentally prepare himself'', as he described it.)

Everything went really smoothly. We also really liked her assistant - I don't know her name, unfortunately, but I got the impression she always works with Dr. Chong. I also appreciated that they were very upfront and clear about what my share of the cost would be. (We have Delta Dental.)

Please contact me if you have specific questions. They are in Berkeley, on Telegraph. The # is 841-6357. emily

May 2007

I needed a root canal which my dentist does not do, and she sent me to James Anderson who was amazing. I had never had a root canal but was quite nervous. He explained the whole procedure before, during and after. I felt no pain, even after the numbing agents wore off (I'm not saying that's a guaranteed result!). I believe they take Delta Dental. James V. Anderson, D.D.S. 2636 Telegraph Ave Berkeley, CA 94704 (510) 841-6357

Former Dento-Phobe

March 2002

Skilled endodontist wanted with good chairside manner. I need a root canal repaired (yikes) and need a specialist who can explain treatments, discuss options and talk as they work so I know what's going on. I'm not looking for a lot of hand holding just good clear communication and skill.

Dr. James Anderson and associates in Berkeley on Telegraph are wonderful. They are patient and will explain everything in terms you can understand (they even drew me a little picture of the inside of my tooth.) Their work is painless, skilled and fast. And they are not patronizing. Call them. sally

I had a root canal last year that seemed to go on interminably. I was first referred to Dr. Stevenson, who has a very busy office with a number of partners on pill hill.

He seemed like a nice enough fellow, but he had some scheduling issues at first (I had an appointment for 1:30, and was finally seen by him at 3:30). I rescheduled the appointment for later, since I had childcare issues.

When I went in for my rescheduled appointment, he started working on my tooth and apparently it was a lot worse than he thought, and he had under-medicated me for the length of the procedure and had to keep adding novocaine, and waiting for it to start working. It seemed he might have been working with another patient at the same time, since he keep leaving for substantial periods of time. In any case, he got half done when what he was doing started causing excrutiating pain, and he just couldn't get the site numb enough to continue. He packed it off and had me reschedule. He had a very busy schedule, so we couldn't find a second appointment for a *very* long time (7-8 weeks), and apparently, his partners don't finish others procedures.

I called my dentist and got another referral to Anderson/Krangle I went into see Dr. Anderson the same day, he finished the procedure in 45 minutes with absolutely NO pain. I wouldn't say he's the warmest guy in the world, but he is incredibly skilled at doing root canals, explained everything carefully and I had NO pain from the site. Everything was handled beautifully, from x-rays to follow-up care. A first class operation. Tooth-Hurty

I've been seeing Dr. Mark Stevenson for root canal work, and I recommend him highly. He is thorough, gentle, and he explains each test or procedure in depth before it happens. He also allows enough time for my questions or concerns. As a result, I have felt prepared for the process rather than surprised by it. His office is located near Summit Hospital (2930 Summit) and the phone # is 839-9480. Janet

Me and my SO both had root canals done by Frank Beal last year. He was patient, took the time to explain what he was doing, and seemed very calm and confident. The root canals seem to have worked. His office is right next to Alta Bates, and Delta covered his work. Tim

I went to several before finding one that I trusted and who actually involved me in the process of caring for my problem teeth instead of just making me keep coming back and working on them without any explanation. Has been really flexible with working around my office hours (early, lunch, late) and I have never had a long wait. I live in the East Bay but he is worth the trip to SF (easy by BART or car) Dr. James Coggan(415) 392-7752. 490 Post (Union Square, SF) Nicole

Anderson and Crangle (in Berkeley) are both superlative. 'Nuff said. Lisa D.

June 2004

Hi -- Anybody know of a good dentist with root canal expertise in Berkeley? I need an evaluation of whether I need to have a root canal (I think I do because a tooth that was crowned before I was pregnant, 5 months ago, is still bothering me quite a bit). Then I'd like this same dentist to be able to do the root canal after I give birth. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated! THANKS!

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July 2001

I'm scheduled for a root canal with Ted Stevenson, but he's scheduled it for a month out. I'm in a lot of pain and am looking for alternatives... Does anyone have a good suggestion? Thanks!

I can recommend Joseph Schulz for a root canal. He treated me last summer and was gentle, fast, and always made time to see me. His office staff was very accommodating as well. He has offices in El Cerrito (Fairmount Ave. where I saw him), Oakland, and Hayward. Good luck! J.

Check out SFSU Dental Clinic. They will do an emergency 'pulpectomy' so that you will be out of pain. You can then go to your endodontist for the root canal work. I have done this in the past and it is a good option. Liz

I was just in California for a couple weeks in July, and my dentist was able to get me a root canal appointment with James V. Anderson, D.D.S., on Telegraph Ave. in Berkeley. He was excellent, explained everything thoroughly, and I had absolutely no pain during or after the procedure. I've also heard good things about Drs. Crangle and Noblett in the same office. I'd call every endodontist you'd consider seeing, explain that you're in pain, and ask them to call you if they have any cancellations or would be willing to squeeze you in. Good luck, Jane