Mark M. Johnston, DDS
A Great Dentist

What happens during a root canal?

The idea of a root canal is very intimidating to some patients, but in reality, they are incredibly beneficial in saving a tooth and easing pain. Root canal therapy is a much better experience today than it used to be as well. Dr. Johnston, your dentist in Lansing, MI, has implemented some of the latest technologies to make the root canal process comfortable.

Sometimes a broken tooth or a tooth with a lot of decay will develop an internal infection. This can cause the tooth to become inflamed and very painful. It can become sensitive to temperatures as well. The infection can even cause a small hole in the gum tissue so that it can drain. If you notice any of these symptoms, including a blister on the gum, we encourage you to contact our dental office.

Remember, a root canal simply cleans the infection out of your tooth to promote healing. After numbing your tooth, Dr. Johnston makes a small access point on the chewing surface and then, using rotary instruments, clears out the infection, damaged nerve, and diseased tissue. He will finish by placing a special filling inside the canal to promote healing and seal the tooth.

After the root canal treatment in Lansing, we place a permanent tooth-colored filling—or a dental crown may be necessary to help protect the tooth and maintain its strength in the future.

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