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Root Canals

Comprehensive Family Dentistry located in Grandview College area, Des Moines, IA

Root Canals services offered in Grandview College area, Des Moines, IA

Scott McPherson, DDS, and the Ballpark Heights Family Dental team understand the stress that comes with dental pain. When it comes to root canals, they offer painless and compassionate treatment at their office in Des Moines, Iowa. Don’t live with ongoing pain or other distressing symptoms when relief is available. Call Ballpark Heights Family Dental, or request an appointment online today.

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a treatment for an infected tooth. To understand the procedure, it helps to think about the structure of your teeth. 

The outermost layer of a tooth is a thin shell of hard tissue called enamel. Just beneath is a thicker layer of hard tissue called dentin.

Beneath the dentin is a hollow chamber filled with a soft tissue called dental pulp. Your pulp consists of blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissues. Pulp is a living tissue, and a bacterial infection quickly becomes a problem because of limited space within each tooth.

A root canal removes all of the infected pulp and restores the tooth with a new crown. 

What are some signs I might need a root canal?

An infected tooth creates clear symptoms, making it easy to know something is wrong. Some of the indications that you may have an infected tooth include:

  • Severe pain, especially when chewing or biting
  • Swelling in the face or jaw
  • Reddened or darkened gum tissue
  • Pimple-like sore on gums
  • Lingering sensitivity to heat or cold, even after the source is removed

If you experience any of these symptoms, call Ballpark Heights Family Dental right away to book a diagnostic exam. 

What are the steps involved in getting a root canal?

Dr. McPherson might suggest X-rays to learn more about the structure and condition of your tooth. If you both decide to move forward with the procedure, an injection of numbing medication ensures you remain comfortable throughout the process. 

Next, Dr. McPherson creates a small opening to gain access to the inner chamber of the tooth. He uses a series of small dental tools called files to remove the infected pulp from the chamber, including deep into the canals of the root. 

The chamber is rinsed to remove any lingering traces of pulp before a material called gutta percha fills the empty space. A small filling closes the access opening. Impressions are taken to guide the fabrication of your custom crown, and Dr. McPherson places a temporary crown to protect the tooth. Once the new crown arrives, you return to have it cemented into place. 

If you have additional questions or concerns about the root canal process, call the office to book a consultation or schedule one online today. 

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Ballpark Heights Dental. Our team of skilled clinicians follow a comprehensive approach to ensure that every new and returning patient is given personalized care and quality dental services. We are interested in you not just your teeth and want to ensure each trip to the dentist is as comfortable and stress free as possible. We offer all the treatments that you would expect from a family dentist plus we have a particular interest in the following: