Root Canals Specialist

Dater Dentistry

Steven M. Dater, DDS

General Dentist located in Rockford, MI

Getting a root canal may seem scary or daunting, but at Dater Dentistry in Rockford, Michigan, they ensure you’re comfortable throughout the procedure and that you’re pain-free in no time. To talk through your options or schedule a root canal procedure, get in touch with the team online or over the phone with Steven M. Dater, DDS, and the team at Dater Dentistry today.

Root Canals

When is a root canal needed?

Root canals are common procedures — millions are performed each year. While it may sound painful, root canals are quick and easy, and actually end up relieving a lot of pain and discomfort.

Getting a root canal may be necessary when the pulp inside your tooth’s root canal becomes infected or irritated, causing pain. The pulp is the soft tissue beneath your tooth’s hard, white enamel and dentin.

Pulp can become infected for a variety of reasons, including if decay has gone deep into the tooth, if there’s a crack or chip in the tooth, or if you’ve had a tooth injury that damaged the pulp.

Signs you may need a root canal include severe pain and discomfort when chewing, severe sensitivity to cold or hot, discoloration of the tooth, or swelling of the gums.

It’s important to treat this condition with a root canal because not doing so could lead to excessive pain, an abscess, or even loss of the tooth.

What does a root canal procedure do?

A root canal procedure is when Dr. Dater cleans out the pulp in your root canal through a small opening in the crown of your tooth. The canal is then filled with a biocompatible material, such as gutta-percha, which is slightly rubber-like.

The root canal is then sealed off, and you may need a crown implanted on the tooth to protect it further. Luckily, Dater Dentistry offers same-day crowns for your convenience.

How long does a root canal take?

These days, root canals are just as standard as getting a filling, and they’re actually pretty similar procedures. Root canals are usually completed in 1-2 fairly short visits, depending on your specific needs.

Do root canals hurt?

Root canals are usually painless and quick. After the procedure, you may feel slight discomfort, pain, or sensitivity in the tooth, but this should go away within a few days. This can especially happen if the tooth had a lot of pain before the root canal.

While many patients fear root canals, the procedure is pretty easy. Dr. Dater and the team at Dater Dentistry ensures that you’re comfortable and relaxed before, during, and after the procedure.

Schedule an appointment with Dater Dentistry today to learn about your options.