Root Canal

Haytham A. Fares, DDS, PC

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Dearborn, MI

In some cases, a damaged or infected tooth needs to be extracted. However, a root canal can save your tooth. Haytham A. Fares, DDS, PC, excels at performing root canals at his Dearborn, Michigan, practice. Dr. Fares makes root canals routine, painless, and simple. This tooth-saving treatment is one of the most commonly performed dental procedures in the United States, with over 15 million done each year. To learn more about how root canals work, call the office or schedule a consultation online today.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a common dental procedure that saves teeth threatened by possible extraction. This tooth-saving procedure is performed to treat the harm and pain caused by an infection in your tooth’s pulp.

Root canal therapy involves Dr. Fares removing the damaged pulp, cleaning the area, and restoring your tooth’s health and function. Without a root canal, infection or inflammation can spread, affecting more soft tissues and leading to eventual tooth loss or chronic infection.

How does a root canal work?

A root canal procedure involves several steps, though it’s perfectly safe and not overly complex. First, Dr. Fares provides you with a local anesthetic to numb the affected tooth and keep you comfortable during the procedure. He then places a rubber sheet around the treatment area to keep the tooth clean and dry.

Then, Dr. Fares uses a small dental drill to create a hole on top of your tooth. This is how he accesses the pulp inside your tooth. With special dental tools, he carefully removes the damaged pulp and any infected material that remains. Next, he cleans the interior of your tooth with water and a disinfectant.

Lastly, Dr. Fares concludes by filling in the canal with a rubber-like material and seals the top of your tooth. The procedure is straightforward and you’ll be relaxed the whole time.

What happens after a root canal?

Afterward, Dr. Fares will discuss with you the benefits of placing a dental crown on the affected tooth to provide it with extra protection. Since Dr. Fares’s office uses CEREC® technology, he can custom-produce a crown for you on the spot and place the permanent restoration very quickly.  

Still, you’ll have to come in for a follow-up visit with Dr. Fares after 7-10 days. This is when he reexamines your affected tooth to rule out any remaining signs of infection.

Is a root canal painful?

No, a root canal isn’t painful. On the contrary, the entire purpose of the procedure is actually to relieve your pain. When Dr. Fares performs a root canal, he uses light sedation to make the procedure completely painless. Not only that but after you undergo a root canal, the pain and sensitivity you felt as a result of the infected pulp in your tooth will disappear.  

To better understand the specifics of a root canal and to ask questions about the procedure, call the office or book a consultation online today.