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Maria Hoekstra, D.D.S., F.A.G.D.
Jacqueline Anderson, D.D.S.
Thomas E. Anderson, D.D.S.

616-399-9520

Our Office Hours are:

Monday: 8am-5pm
Tuesday: 8am-5pm
Wednesday: 8am-5pm
Thursday: 8am-5pm
Friday: 7am-1pm

Root Canals

Root Canals are a very common dental procedure that we refer to our local specialist (Endodontist) to perform. They allow you to save your natural teeth and prevent the need for dental implants or bridges in the future.

Root canal therapy is necessary when the pulp, which contains the neRootCanalrves and blood supply of the tooth, is diseased or damaged.

The disease or damage may be caused by several factors:

  1. Deep decay reaching the nerve and exposing the pulp to bacteria.
  2. Injury to the tooth which can halt blood supply and cause nerve damage.
  3. The fracture of a tooth exposing the nerve to bacteria in the mouth.
  4. Advanced gum disease causing infection of the pulp in addition to the gums.

How are Root Canals done?

The first step is to open the pulp chamber and clean out the nerve tissue. The canals are than prepared and filled with a material called Gutta percha. This material is inert and does not react with the body in any way.

The pulp chamber is than built up and a crown is placed to protect the tooth from future fractures.

Is the treatment painful?

During the procedure you will feel absolutely no discomfort due to the use of local anesthesia. However once the anesthesia wears off you may feel some discomfort associated with the root canal treatment. You are usually supplied with antibiotics and pain medications and the sensitivity may last only a couple of days if any. However, rest assured that most people do not have any pain after root canal treatment.