Root canals are the narrow channels inside your tooth roots where the nerves and blood vessels (pulp) are located. When decay stays within the crown of your tooth, we can typically repair it with a filling. However, if the decay reaches the roots and infects the living tissue, you have a very painful condition that requires a deeper level of treatment that’s also called a root canal. While more complex, this type of treatment can be very effective in ending your pain without pulling the tooth. With our advantages, West 10th Dental Group is the place to come for root canals in Indianapolis, IN.
Our multispecialty team includes an endodontist with over three decades of experience. Focusing on identifying and treating diseases of the pulp, endodontists complete up to three years of advanced specialty training after graduating from dental school. They’re literally the root canal experts. On top of that, we have an in-house oral surgeon who’s licensed to administer IV sedation. Although not required, this sedation solution will keep you in a sleeplike state throughout your procedure. In addition to expertise, we’re equipped with advanced dental technology to help us deliver the best results.
We can determine if you need a root canal through an examination. If so, we’ll schedule your procedure for your next visit. However, if your case is acute enough, we can conduct an emergency root canal.
The process always begins with making you comfortable through sedation. When you’re ready, we’ll make an opening in the crown of the affected tooth to access its pulp chamber. There we’ll remove all the diseased tissue, disinfect the area, then reshape the root canals so that we can place a special material called gutta-percha inside. To ensure that your newly treated tooth stays strong for the long term, we typically place a new crown on it here during the same visit. Chosen specifically to fit comfortably in your mouth and match the color of your other teeth, your new crown will give you the full function of a natural tooth, enabling you to eat, speak, and smile without discomfort!
Infected tooth and abcess
Tooth cleaned and shaped
Root filling replaced
Permanent filling or crown placed
Regain pain-free function with a root canal.