Dr. Michael Gradeless, DDS specializes in a state-of-the-art root canal procedure that is fast, painless, and effective.
Why wait? Get relief for your sore tooth today by contacting our office at (317) 841-3130. With over three decades of experience, we’re one of the most trusted family dentists in Fishers, Indiana, Carmel, Noblesville, and the areas surrounding Indianapolis.
Rooting out a Myth
Root canals have gotten a bad reputation. One of the most frequent questions we’re asked is, “Do root canals hurt?” We want to address this legitimate concern here.
Myth: Root canal treatment is incredibly painful.
Fact: The pain of living with a rotten, infected tooth is much more intense than anything you’ll feel during a root canal. In fact, the process is virtually pain-free since dentists use anesthesia. Most people compare the feeling to getting a filling.
How a Root Canal Works: The Process
Extreme decay or other trauma can be so intense that it damages the inside of a tooth. If that happens, a root canal saves the damaged or infected tooth by cleaning out and sealing the insides. Below is how we do root canal surgery:
- Dr. Michael takes X-rays to determine if a root canal is necessary.
- If it is, we give the patient anesthesia to numb the area.
- Next, we remove any plaque or infection on the surface of the tooth.
- After that, we gently drill through the exterior of the tooth to access the insides.
- We remove the tooth pulp and nerve, and then thoroughly clean the area of any infection.
- Next we fill the tooth with gutta-percha and then seal it with a dental crown to protect it from bacteria.
- Depending on how infected the tooth is, the root canal may require a few visits.
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Questions about Root Canals
What will happen if I need a root canal and I don’t get one?
Most likely, your tooth will die. Root canals are the processes that save infected or dying teeth.
What are some of the signs that I need a root canal?
Some of the signs are soreness surrounding the tooth, a discolored tooth, and swelling gums.
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One of the best ways to prevent root canals is to care for your teeth with regular teeth cleaning exams. Contact us at (317) 841-3130 to schedule an appointment with Gradeless Dentistry today. We also offer teeth replacement options, cosmetic dentistry services, and more. Located in Fishers, we welcome patients in Noblesville, Carmel, and the surrounding areas.