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Root Canal Therapy

Fillings, Crowns & Root Canals, An Overview

Root canals are the thin passages within the roots of the tooth that run from a central chamber located in the middle of the tooth to the tip of the root of your tooth. The root canals and central chamber (pulp chamber) contain a soft tissue called pulp which contains the nerves and blood supply for the tooth. The pulp may become compromised in a variety of ways, most commonly as a result of untreated decay. Because the pulp contains nerve fibers, damage to this area is often accompanied by varying amounts of pain. Root canal therapy results in the removal of this pulp.

Root canal therapy not only preserves your dental and oral health, but also may improve the appearance of teeth darkened by infection. In teeth with an unhealthy pulp, root canal therapy is the only way to allow a tooth to be saved, and so avoid costly tooth replacement options.

Aren't Root Canals Painful?

Many people are concerned by the potential of pain during and after a root canal procedure. While the historical reputation of this procedure evokes fear in many people, the truth is that modern treatment modalities are very atraumatic and most patients experience little, if any, discomfort.   

Procedure

Root Canal Procedure

Dr. Hendrix performs many root canals in his office. At times, the location of the tooth or the shape of the roots may indicate that the outcome would be more favorable if completed by an endodontist, or root canal specialist. In either case, the basic procedure is the same. After sufficiently and profoundly numbing the area, the doctor creates an access opening in the surface of the tooth. Any decayed or infected hard and soft tissue is then removed. An instrument called a root canal file is used to remove the pulp from within the thin canals and to shape the canals so they can be more easily cleaned and filled. Magnifying equipment is used to aid in the procedure.

Next, after the root canals have been cleaned and shaped, they are filled being careful to avoid any holes or voids.

A final filling, such as those used to fix cavities, is applied to the surface of the tooth to seal the root canals and fill in the initial access hole that was made. In most cases, a crown is placed after a sufficient amount of time has elapsed to ensure that the root canal therapy was successful. The crown serves as a protective covering or cap encompassing the entire tooth to help guard against tooth fractures.

Our Services

     
Glenn Hendrix, DMD is rated 4.9 out of 5 based on 82 reviews from around the Web.
  • 09/11/2017
         
    Such welcoming people who treat you like you're stepping into their home, not some clinic!Also super fast procedures and you can tell the staff really cares...
    09/03/2017
         
    Dr. Hendrix provides an excellent service and has an amazing bedside manner that kept me informed and comfortable at all times during the procedure.
  • 08/16/2017
         
    I knew I had dental issues and Dr. Hendrix and Lori made me feel so comfortable with their explanations as to what procedures are open and ahead for me....
    08/03/2017
         
    Dr Hendrix and staff are always so kind and I feel I am getting the best treatment and advise on my dental care. I give them five stars.
  • 08/02/2017
         
    My daughter had her braces removed on 8-1-17, a cavity developed on her front tooth I was devastated, school is to start on 8-4-17. I called several...
    08/01/2017
         
    Dr Hendrix and his team are compassionate and caring. I am very happy to be one of his patients!
  • 08/01/2017
         
    I woke up in extreme pain and within a hour the staff and Glenn hendrix had me in office. They made me feel comfortable and took care of me. I would...
    07/29/2017
         
    By far one of the BEST dentist I've been to. Dr Hendrix is so nice and knowledgeable. His examination is thorough and you know exactly the areas or...
  • 07/25/2017
         
    this is a great follow-up service
    07/18/2017
         
    Dr. Hendrix is always gentle and takes his time to answer any questions I have. I highly recommend him to friends and family. He's the best dentist I've...
  • 07/11/2017
         
    My time at the appointment was not rushed. The entire time was in a relaxed atmosphere and time was taken to make me as comfortable as could be. The work was...
    06/28/2017
         
    I love this dentist office! They have always been very good to me.
  • 06/22/2017
         
    Pleased with the one-on-one with the Dr. Hendrix and the explanation of my checkup.
    06/15/2017
         
    Thank you for the completely painless root canal. As a nervous patient I was very comfortable and you were extremely professional explaining everything as we...
  • 06/01/2017
         
    Every member of the staff,from medical receptionist to Dr. Hendrix himself, was receptive, knowledgeable and understanding. I had a dental emergency and they...
    05/25/2017
         
    Always the friendliest staff! And Thank you for taking care of me!
  • 05/17/2017
         
    Dr. Hendrix and his staff are highly professional and efficient. They take really good care of you. One of the things I like is that you don't have to wait...
    05/17/2017
         
    great staff and dentist!!