D.E. Kelley, DDS | What is a Root Canal?

Blausen_0774_RootCanalSimply hearing your dentist utter the words “root canal” terrifies many people, young and old alike. But it really shouldn’t. In fact, many dental professionals wonder how the procedure ever got such a bad reputation in the first place. Let’s take a look at what a root canal is all about and why it shouldn’t be a feared part of your overall dental plan.

Root canal treatment is necessary when the pulp (soft tissue inside your teeth containing blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue) becomes inflamed or diseased. During root canal treatment, your dentist or endodontist (a dentist who specializes in treating the insides of teeth) removes the diseased pulp. The pulp chamber and root canal(s) of the tooth are then cleaned and sealed. If the infected pulp is not removed, pain and swelling can result, and your tooth may have to be removed.

Causes of an infected pulp could include:

  • a deep cavity
  • repeated dental procedures
  • a cracked or broken tooth
  • injury to the tooth (even if there’s not a visible crack or chip)

If you continue to care for your teeth and gums, your restored tooth could last a lifetime. However, regular checkups are necessary; a tooth without its nerve can still develop cavities or gum disease. Most of the time, a root canal is a relatively simple procedure with little or no discomfort involving one to three visits. Best of all, it can save your tooth and your smile.


Over 29 Years of Service

Dr. Dennis E. Kelley, D.D.S., and his staff are pleased that you are considering using our services.  We have been practicing general dentistry on the east side of Indianapolis since 1985. Our goal is to make your visit as pleasant and stress free as possible. We pride ourselves in providing a caring and compassionate setting in which you can choose the highest quality dental healthcare. We will provide you with a thorough treatment plan before you commit to any treatment.

We accept most insurance coverage and, for your convenience, will accept payment from the insurance company.  We also accept cash, Discover, American Express, MasterCard and Visa. If you have any questions about payment, please check with our front office prior to your appointment.


 

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