Root canal therapy or endodontic treatment can often be performed in one or two visits. At our practice, we examine and radiograph the infected tooth. A local anesthetic is administered and after the tooth is profoundly numb a protective sheet is put over the area to isolate saliva from the tooth during the procedure. An opening in the crown or top of the tooth is made in order to clean out the infection found in the pulp chamber and root canals of the lower half of the tooth.
After the space is cleaned the root canals are filled with biocompatible material. A gutta percha is placed with an adhesive cement to ensure complete sealing of the root canal. In most cases, a temporary filling is placed to close the opening.
The patient will eventually have a crown or other restoration placed on the tooth to protect and restore it to full function. If the tooth lacks sufficient structure a post may be put inside for restoration.
Despite popular belief, a root canal procedure actually doesn’t hurt at all. If pain is felt, the root cause is actually an infection in the tooth. The purpose of the root canal is to eliminate that pain. At Highland Ave Family Dentistry we take extra care to make sure you are comfortable and pain-free during a root canal and all dental procedures. With 41 years of experience we know how to comfort even the most anxious patients and make the entire process as simple as possible.
With our office conveniently located in Battle Creek you don’t have to go far to get great root canal therapy. Give us a call at (269) 964-3957 today to schedule a consultation and see what treatment is best for you.