FAQs: What is Root Canal Therapy?

January 10, 2015

Do you feel apprehensive when you hear the words “root canal”? Unfortunately, this is a common reaction as misinformation and exaggeration have cast a negative pall over this safe and crucial procedure. In fact, root canal therapy is essential for preventing the need for extraction in many cases. So, what is root canal therapy?

Frequently Asked Questions About Root Canal Therapy

Question: Why do we need root canals?

Answer: This procedure is recommended to address teeth that have become infected or abscessed. Infection occurs when bacteria reaches the inner pulp, usually as a result of injury or advanced decay. Without treatment, the tooth may eventually die and require extraction to prevent the spread of infection to surrounding teeth. However, a root canal can often prevent this.

Question: What does this treatment involve?

Answer: We will open the tooth and then remove the infected tissue from the tooth and roots. Then a special restorative filling will be added to the tooth. Finally, we cap the tooth with a custom-made dental crown.

Question: Will the procedure be comfortable?

Answer: Yes. In fact, most people find the procedure comparable to receiving a dental filling. Prior to the procedure we will administer local anesthetic. We can also offer sedation dentistry to help you remain calm, relaxed, but conscious throughout the procedure. You will then have little to no memory of the procedure.

Question: How will my tooth look afterward?

Answer: By placing a dental crown, we ensure that your tooth looks just as it did prior to the procedure. We make crowns from non-metal ceramic, a material that is stain resistant and very strong. The resulting crown mimics the appearance of natural teeth and can withstand powerful bite forces. If you have any questions or concerns about this procedure, please contact our office today.


Dr. Brad Greenfield offers our patients access to the latest in holistic dentistry. You can visit Dr. Greenfield’s office in Lake Orion at 248-693-6213 to schedule a dental appointment for a dental implant consultation. We offer comprehensive dentistry services to patients in Lake Orion and surrounding communities.

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