Root Canal Therapy

Diagram of tooth showing tooth root
Root canal treatment is a procedure to repair and save badly damaged teeth. Decades ago, root canal treatments were often quite uncomfortable and painful. However, now, at Enhance Family Dental, our patients experience little to no pain during a root canal. It is much more painful living with a decayed tooth.

When Does a Root Canal Becomes Necessary?

Our teeth contain dental pulp which extends from the crown to the tip of the tooth root in the jawbone. When a tooth is chipped, cracked or badly decayed, bacteria can enter the dental pulp. Left untreated, it can cause serious oral health issues.

Here are some of the conditions in which a root canal becomes necessary.

Deep Cavity

If tooth decay is left untreated, it can reach the dental pulp - the soft core inside the tooth - and cause infection. This will make the dental pulp inflamed and very painful, and in some cases, the soft tissue may also die.


A root canal may also be performed if an abscess forms in the tooth. This happens when the dental pulp dies and a pocket forms at the tip of the root. Pus will accumulate in this area and, sometimes, the abscess can be seen outside the gums in the form of a pimple. You may also notice pus draining from the pimple or notice a bad taste in your mouth.

If left untreated, the abscess will continue to infect the surrounding bone and tissue. Although antibiotic can offer limited effectiveness, the only way to completely address this problem is to have a root canal and clean out all bacteria from inside the pulp chamber and root canals.


If a tooth becomes chipped or fractured and the crack is deep enough to reach the pulp, you may need a root canal. If your tooth has broken in a way that doesn’t leave much undamaged structure above the gumline, a root canal may need to be performed so that a post and crown can be placed to restore the tooth.

Root Canal Procedure

Brian Hill, DDS and will perform the following steps for a root canal procedure.
•  We will first prepare for the procedure by examining the x-rays of the tooth. You will then be given local anesthesia to numb the area, and a protective rubber dam will be placed in your mouth to isolate the damaged tooth.
•  We will then drill an opening on the crown of the tooth to access the dental chamber. The infected pulp will be removed from the chamber and root canals using very fine instruments.
•  We will clean and shape the area to prepare it for a filling, and in some cases, add a post, to support the crown.
•  We will fill the space with strong dental cement and then seal the space. Initially, we will put a temporary filling on the top of the tooth while it is healing and you are waiting for your artificial crown to be fabricated.
•  Once your crown has been created, we will remove the filling and then fit a permanent crown on top of the tooth.
•  Once the root canal is complete, you should not experience any pain, and your tooth will resume its normal functions.

Root canal treatment saves millions of infected tooth every year. Now, thanks to technological and medicinal advancements, this procedure can be done with minimal pain. If you suspect your tooth needs a root canal, do not hesitate to call us at Enhance Family Dental and schedule an appointment.

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37540 Gratiot Ave, Clinton Twp, MI 48036

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