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The expected result of a root canal is to fix a gravely infected tooth rather than to completely extract the tooth. Treatment is done by taking out the infected pulp, sanitizing the hollow space, then fill and cap.

Commonly, the root cause that requires a root canal is the progression of a bacterial infection that has found its way deep into a tooth. The name “root canal” was given because of the need to drill into the canal of the tooth’s root to access and remove the infected tissue.

At one time, root canal treatment was stressful to potential patients, but with modern advancements in dental tools and local anesthesia, there is little to bother about today.

This is the procedure for treatment:

1) The dentist takes an x-ray and performs an examination to identify the tooth with the infection. Using a needle, a local anesthetic is administered.

2) A thin rubber dental dam is placed over the tooth to isolate it from and keep it dry.

3) Using a small drill or laser tool, the dentist enters the infected pocket of the tooth and removes the bacterial infection within.

4) Once cleared of infected tissue the empty cavity chamber is cleaned, sterilized, and shaped to be filled. The canals of the roots are also cleaned and prepared to receive a filling.

5) At last, a interim filling is temporarily put in the hollowed space and the crown is capped for a future visit. Within a few weeks, a permanent filling and cap replace the temporary ones and the procedure is complete.

Dr. Thomas Anglemire is proud to have performed many root canals and would be happy to use his expertise to ensure you have a comfortable experience with this procedure. If you have any questions, please contact us at: 574-277-5406, or make an appointment at Granger Family Dentistry PC in Granger, Indiana.